Thursday, July 29, 2010

Not everyone

I'm reminded after shopping for a new cell phone (now much more than a phone) that not everyone was reading books instead of Nooks... my wife was checking her email and surfing the web at the beach. I was just surfing the waves, which was much more relaxing!


Rock Harbor, Cape Cod, at sunset, July 18, 2010.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Keeping up

Just back from vacation on Cape Cod, visiting dad, kind of sad, but not so bad...
with a couple of rounds of golf (9-holes: 42, 51), and a few trips to the beach...
while walking the beach, noticed many folks reading... perhaps not a dying skill...
also noticed zero Kindles, zero Nooks, zero iPads...
it might have been 1965.

Here's Seagull Beach, South Yarmouth, last Friday, in a 1965 sort of way.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Later start times for high school improve conduct, grades and even save lives.

No news to us here at Nora, but a recent study published in the July issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine reports that giving adolescents an extra 30 minutes in the morning leads to more alertness, better moods, lower levels of tardiness and healthier eating (at least at breakfast). As part of the study, seven high schools in Minneapolis began classes at 8:40 am (like Nora) instead of at 7:15 am (like MCPS). The University of Minnesota study found that students at these seven schools got more sleep and missed fewer classes among other benefits. They even turned out to be safer drivers! For more on adolescents and sleep, visit the National Sleep Foundation summary.