Weekly Photo Challenge: Ascend

December 15, 2017 — This week’s photo challenge is ascend.

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Philadelphia’s City Hall

December 11, 2017 — Philadelphia’s City Hall is a remarkable wonder of architecture and I’ve always been fascinated by it. It’s been covered with scaffolding for years as they made repairs to the building first built in 1871. The work is now completed, and here are the results.

Weekly Photo Challenge

December 8, 2017 — This week’s photo challenge is “cheeky“.

I came across interesting woman selling her Persian wares at the Christmas Village in Philadelphia last weekend. She looked quite somber as I stood across her booth and tried to secretly snap a photo. She caught me and smiled, turning into a much different subject than I had expected. Quite cheeky, if you ask me.

 

 

 

The Kindness Gene

November 27, 2017 – When Blanche Dubois uttered her famous line, “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers,” in A Streetcar Named Desire, I bet she didn’t know that one day there would be a scientific theory to explain why. Or rather, to explain that we can spot kindness in people we don’t know, and maybe she was drawn to strangers she sensed were kind.

According to research data published in 2011, people with a certain gene trait are known to be more kind and caring than people without it. Who knew?

This isn’t earth-shattering news, but what’s interesting about the research is that they’ve proven that if we have the kindness gene, it can be easily and quickly picked up by people who don’t even know us.

The research was conducted on average people, and not folks who go through life pinching babies and kicking dogs, where it is more than obvious they’re missing the kindness gene. Researchers at Oregon State University devised an experiment in which 23 couples, whose genotypes were known to them but not to observers were studied. These observers were asked to watch them converse in groups of two, and with the sound turned off, identify which listener had the kindness gene and which did not. In most cases the observers chose correctly.

Finally, an explanation why I’m always selected for jury duty.