Archive | September, 2012

The Perils of Perfectionism Part 1: Mount Everest

Perils: Noun Plural: Serious and immediate dangers. The dangers or difficulties that arise from particular situations or activities. The Fifth Estate recently told the story of Shyria Shah, the Nepali-Canadian woman who died this past May while making her descent from Mount Everest. She was one of three climbers who died that weekend, the others [...]

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Shakespeare on Addiction: Sonnet 129

Something interesting happens every time I teach Shakespeare’s sonnet 129. I’m reasonably certain the term “sex addiction” didn’t exist in his day – and neither did 12 step groups for it, with Elizabethans turning up in their flamboyant garb – but that doesn’t mean that the problem, and its attendant degradations, didn’t exist. Just ask Shakespeare [...]

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Five Deathbed Wishes or Why I Care About Squirrels

I’ve been watching more TED talks, particularly those given by Jane McGonigal, a gamer from California. A gamer, for those of you who don’t know, is someone who develops online games. McGonigal specializes in those that create alternate realities. In her last talk, in Edinburgh, McGonigal talked about a game she developed while recovering from [...]

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