The Area of a Circle and Backgammon (?)

A few weeks ago I was woken up at dawn on a Saturday morning by our newborn son’s whimpering sounds, as he often does in his sleep. Trying not to disturb him, I quietly paced to the study room where I usually take refuge in to meditate or read until his sounds turn into a…

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Comfort Zone

A few days ago I was watching a documentary on TV about a post-office of Great Britain stationed at the north of Antarctica where the postal workers and penguins live side by side during the summer months. The documentary was more focused on these Gentoo penguins. It detailed their mating cycle, how they struggle to…

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What’s the problem?

Yesterday evening during dinner, my wife and I had a brief dispute regarding her reluctance to get on the scale because she is certain that whatever she’ll see on the screen wouldn’t not be good. I should have, in hindsight, just shut my mouth and continue having a pleasant dinner. But nooooo, I had to…

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The Comparison Trap

Stephen Hawking passed away last week. When he was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 21, doctors expected him to live only a few more years. He died at the age of 76. According to many he was the smartest scientists since Einstein, and made valuable contributions to theoretical physics and cosmology. What is…

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Kindness

Let’s admit it: it’s an extremely frustrating world. We’re experiencing a constant stream of news that makes us sad, angry, incredulous. In our daily lives we meet people or experience events that make our blood boil. Especially in a metropolis the circumstances are even harder: the hustle and bustle of the city, traffic, crowded streets…

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To whom should we be accountable?

I truly believe that our main goal in this life should be striving to be a better person. A better self than we currently are. Call it a better husband, dad, wife, mom, teacher, student… I say, “a better human being.” There are many facets of being a better person and it would take a…

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Simple Tricks to Exercise and Be Physically Active

Summary: Not everyone has time to go to the gym several times a week. For many people, especially for adults, it is a luxury. The idea is to spread the workouts into short periods. I am not talking about the 7-minute work out here. Even that kind of exercise is a drag to many people. Here,…

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Self-imposed deadlines, tasks, rules, promises, resolutions…

I always thought that it was some kind of a sign of maturity: to set a deadline on your own. It was always someone else who set them. Either my parents when I was a kid or teachers in school, boss at work, thesis adviser in graduate school, conference committees, journal editors… Then I realized…

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