Monday, October 10, 2016

Jerry Isaak

“Technology and social media have fundamentally changed the nature of solitude and remoteness. Now our peers and online communities may travel everywhere with us on our smartphones. They are an ever-present audience generating pressure on our decisions in ways that were not possible in a predigital era. For many young people this is the only reality they have ever known.”

~Jerry Isaak, college professor and American Mountain Guides Association ski guide who has studied the role of social media in backcountry decision-making, in Avalanche educators grapple with social media’s influence on backcountry travelers’ decision making, Denver Post 10/10/2016.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Ben Mattlin

The perseverance to live fully with a profound disability comes, I think, in part from honestly facing your own powerlessness and frailty, and recognizing how much worse things have been and could still be. This can instill a delight in the now. In living with a disability, you’ve already dealt with much of what other people fear most, and if you come out on the other side you are, by definition, a survivor. The resolve required, and begrudging acceptance of what you can’t change, may bring a kind of wisdom.

~From A disabled life is a life worth living NYTimes Oct 5 2016

Monday, October 3, 2016

Emily Post

Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.