My personal interests
I am indebted to Alok Hsu Kwang-han, who introduced me to Zen Calligraphy (www.zencalligraphy.com). This art form, which he calls creating through non-doing, is said to arise from a state of not knowing, mu-shin or no mind in which thought, emotions and expectations do not matter. The original strokes were made on 12”x18” xuan (that is, rice) paper using poems, koans, songs or haiku provided as inspiration. I donate prints, cards and calendars to projects raising funds to help children.
When the Pharmaceutical Business Intelligence and Research Group (PBIRG) invited me back to keynote a session, saying I was the ‘top-rated speaker ever’ and allowing me to pick the topic, they said I could “read a recipe” and they’d find it fascinating.Taking them at their word, I revealed the secret of making the best cranberry bread.
BEST EVER Cranberry Bread Recipe (PDF)
Yes, yawning. I am probably the only speaker not offended by audience yawns. In fact, I encourage it. Like nasal breathing, yawning ‘cools down’ the brain, which is necessary because the metabolic activity in the brain generates lots of heat. I figure that if the audience is yawning, they’ve been paying attention, metabolic heat is building in the brain and it needs cooling. Yawning …
- Stimulates alertness and concentration
- Optimizes brain activity and metabolism
- Improves cognitive function
- Increases memory recall
- Enhances consciousness and introspection
- Lowers stress
- Relaxes every part of the body
- Improves voluntary muscle control
- Enhances athletic skills
- Fine-tunes the sense of time
- Increases empathy and social awareness
- Enhances pleasure and sensuality
I also enjoy:
- Reading recipes, yes, that’s right. I once read Julia Child’s entire “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in one sitting.
- Hiking and Kayaking
- Art and Photography