And we’re at it again!
Evil Genes by Barbara Oakley (one of my favorite professors, and one of the world’s most curious and interesting people) was a fascinating read. In this book, Oakley probes the cause and effect of psychopathy. There’s a bit of brain, a pinch of history, and a dose of personal memories; together, these elements paint a troublesome picture of the “sinister” among us.
I decided to read the book because every year I have one student who makes my hair stand on end. This book was soothing in that it affirms I’m not crazy – my spidey senses are simply very finely attuned, and I’m not wrong for keeping my eyes peeled when I suspect that this “sinister” student is clandestinely tormenting another kid in the class.
Evil Genes was packed with knowledge and thought provoking questions, but the wisdom at the end is what I would like to share…”we should perhaps not worry so much about changing others. Rather, we might think instead about changing ourselves.” I’m not going to be able to change the neurology, genetics, or physiology of a student who is sinisterly manipulative and hurtful (I assure you, they are very present and pathologically destructive to classrooms and school cultures); however, I can keep my eyes open and make sure they do the least amount of harm to my other students because trauma exists in different forms…
And so I wrote an article/hypothesis about where trauma comes from and how we can address it. Fight, Flight, and Sitting Tight is a look at military history, neuroscience, and socio-political issues. Check it out (it’s really good)
Grateful for Facebook friends who put me on to delightful tracks like Wanderer by Little Dragon. My head is still bopping.
A juggling update: I’m still at it and improving day by day.
A training update: this month I finished another 5 x 5 cycle (I’m alternating with “recovery” months that include barbells and club bells). I feel fantastic. It is not easy to accept that I am aging and can’t do all the things at once, but this new balance – one month of hard lifts, one month of recovery – feels right…for now.
That said, winter is almost upon us. If you’re planning on outdoor activities, remember to stay hydrated. We often remember to drink during the summer sweats, but it’s just as important to stay “lubricated” during the winter. So, how are you going to stay in shape this winter?
Peace and love,