I believe that books are magical. They can take you away from bad times and they can enhance empathy by putting you in the skin of someone who isn’t like you at all. Polly Buxton, owner of Buxton Books in Charleston, SC, gets to be around books all the time. In fact, her own love story sounds like something out of one of the romances she sells. They met, they shared a love of books and, reader, she married him!
Anyone in law enforcement — heck, anyone who READS about law enforcement – knows how unreliable eyewitnesses are.
Did the killer have brown eyes? Was he this tall? Was he wearing a blue jacket or a red jacket. I’m sorry, ma’am, do you wear glasses? Did you even SEE the killer?
Apparently jurors place a lot of weight on the testimony of eyewitnesses. But memory isn’t like a video recorder. As soon as something happens, we layer on all kinds of emotions and emotions like stress that warp that video we call memory.
And that’s assuming we even noticed something happening.
There’s a famous psychological experiment in which people were asked to pay attention to a video of some people passing a basketball. They focused so hard on that basketball that they failed to notice something much more startling than a basketball. A couple of times during the video, someone dressed in a gorilla suit wanders in, beats his chest, and wanders out. You would think something like that would be hard to miss. You’d be wrong. Almost half missed it.
And, even when scientists told people about the gorilla, so they were primed to know that the whole experiment was about noticing the unexpected, they saw the gorilla, all right, but they missed other unexpected things.
So, the truth is that we stumble through life fairly oblivious.
And, if we miss a gorilla, what else are we missing?
Lucille isn’t around to be the subject of this blog…she died right before she turned 104. But Lucille left a lasting impression on medical CEO Judy Gaman. Judy learned about not just living long, but living well. We might even call it living juicy. It’s all about exercise, blueberries, and remembering joy.
Life mapping – don’t you wish sometimes you had a GPS for your own life?
Dana V Adams says life mapping can give you that. It’s a personal development tool that helps us become clear on who we are; what brings us joy; and offers a goal plan system structured so you can set yourself up for success. It’s a fairly intimate process – Adams says that, if someone reads your life map, they’ll get who you are as a person.
You would think that a woman who runs a couple of peaceful spas would exude peace and calm, right? Except Kim Powell, who owns the Woodhouse Day Spa and Boutique in Charleston, calls herself a “wellness fraud” because she’s always on the go and the spa isn’t even her only business. But, she says that she lives by a few key mantras as well as a big lesson from the blue heron. Kim Powell talks self-care, beef jerky and husband legs on Keep it Juicy!
Is there some magic to being a best-selling author? For mystery author Rhys Bowen, it’s been steady perseverance, a bit of chutzpah, and even a little of the magic from a Celtic harp. Author Rhys Bowen on today’s Keep it Juicy!
Sheri Salata. You may have heard her name as the executive producer for Oprah Winfrey, but Sheri has moved on to new adventures. She’s got a new book – The Beautiful No – what a great name! – and she shares her insights in what she calls part midlife rallying cry and part cautionary tale. Sheri Salata, on Keep it Juicy!
Cindy Gallop isn’t terribly concerned about whether she shocks you. She’s more concerned with the fact that lots of young people are getting their sexual education from porn — and that’s one reason she started her website featuring consensual, real-world sex, Make Love, Not Porn.