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Chapter 3: Pursuing Your Aspirations

Geoffrey M Bellman Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

There YOU are, surrounded by the WANTS, the REALITY, and the PEOPLE in your organization. You are considering what you WANT the organization to do, what you WANT others to do, what you WANT to do together. Before moving others, you must move yourself. You must have clarity about what you want, your ability to put your wants forth, and your willingness to do so. We will step into the shaded portions of the GTD model as we consider:

The way to success in your work is to pursue and affirm what you want out of your life. This requires much more clarity about your life and wants than your organization usually asks of you. The organization’s game is usually confined to what it wants and how you might help it get there. That is well and good, but it is not necessarily the way to build your investment or power. Define yourself, define your wants, and make the organization game a subset of your life game.

If this were as obvious as it appears, we would acknowledge it more often. Too often we run off it the direction of what we feel we want before putting more thought behind it. Knowing what you want will serve you as you attempt to get things done: It will help you be clear with yourself, focusing your time and energy. It will help you be clear with others; you will be more compelling, more powerful with them. Others will know what they are signing up for; you will have clearer agreements with them and be more likely to be able to count on them.

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12. Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease

Braly M.D., James Basic Health Publications ePub

Chapter 12

Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease

The Alzheimer’s Association recently reported that by the year 2025, more than 820,000 elderly Californians, 712,000 elderly Floridians, 520,000 elderly Texans, and 431,000 elderly New Yorkers will be stricken with Alzheimer’s disease. They also state that the high cost of caring for these millions of patients could wreak havoc on the healthcare system. This chapter discusses the connection between Alzheimer’s disease and homocysteine, as well as the connection between homocysteine and another debilitating disease, Parkinson’s disease. Between 500,000 and 1.5 million Americans currently have Parkinson’s disease, which causes progressive muscle rigidity, tremors, depression, severe constipation, and difficult moving. Parkinson’s results from the degeneration of cells in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra. This region produces dopamine, a substance that allows people to move normally. People with Parkinson’s disease have a shortage of dopamine. Read on to learn about how the homocysteine factor is involved in both of these incapacitating conditions.

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5. The invitation in art

Donald Meltzer Karnac Books ePub

Adrian Stokes

S

ince the time, nearly fifty years ago, that Marcel Duchamp sent to an exhibition in New York a porcelain urinal (described as a fountain) with the signature of the manufacturer that he, Duchamp, had attached in his own writing, we have had an excellent occasion with which to associate new reflections upon the values of art. We realize that adepts at scanning an object for the less immediate significance of its shape, a manner of looking at things that has been cultivated from looking at art, will contemplate a multitude of objects, and certainly, in an august setting, the regular curves and patterns of light on that porcelain object, with aesthetic prepossessions. With less thought for the object’s function than for its patterns and shape, we project on to them a significance learned from many pictures and sculptures. But are we projecting separate experiences of art; are we not projecting an aspect of ourselves that has always been identified with them; and is not the identification an integral factor, therefore, of aesthetic experience and an aim for art? This has seemed even more likely since psychoanalysis uncovered a mechanism called projective identification by which parts of ourselves or of our inner objects may be attributed even to outside objects that, unlike artefacts, at first sight seem inappropriate for their reception. It is possibly in this manner as well that we might discover ourselves to be assimilated in an active aesthetic transformation of the urinal, an object that does not itself communicate to us with the eloquence of art. We, the spectators, do all the art-work in such a case, except for the isolating of the object by the artist for our attention.

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From the Associationist Unconscious to the Unconscious Structured Like a Language

Karnac Books ePub

Guy Trobas

Although 1900 is generally given as the date of the ‘beginning’ of psychoanalysis, Freud had actually coined the term some years previously, after his discovery of the unconscious and his theorisation of it on the basis of the closely-related concepts of defence, resistance, and repression.

The debate on the ‘starting-point’ of psychoanalysis provides an ideal opportunity to question again the evidence for the Freudian discovery. As Lacan put it, this might encourage us to ‘disengage from concepts that are being deadened by routine use the meaning that they regain both from a re-examination of their history and from a reflexion on their subjective foundations’ (Lacan 1977a: 33). Indeed, this process represents a first step towards what Lacan called the ‘return to Freud’.

It is from such a perspective that I will present my argument. As a main point of reference, I have chosen the unconscious. Although I will not try to pinpoint the precise moment at which one can fully ascribe to the unconscious the status of a ‘concept’, I will attempt to locate the initial moment of a turning-point or change of direction within the development of Freud’s theory—in other words, the point at which his notion detaches itself from an associationist conception, and becomes strictly specific and analytical. This was achieved from the moment Freud took into account the structure of language.

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Lesser Lights Down East

Caldwell, Bill Down East Books ePub

Baker Island Light marks the entrance to Frenchman Bay. This is a light with handsome views to the skyline of Acadia National Park and the coast, and is a popular picnic spot in summer.

The light stands atop a stone tower, 105 feet above high water. It was built by order of President John Quincy Adams in 1828, one year after Matinicus Rock and one year before the light at Cape Elizabeth. To the sailor, its prime purpose is a warning of the many shoals and the sandbar that runs between Baker Island and Little Cranberry Island. Because there were so many wrecks hereabouts, the Coast Guard established a lifesaving station on Cranberry Island.

This light was manned for 138 years, from 1828 until 1966, when it was automated. The lens from the old light is on display at the Fisherman’s Museum at Pemaquid Light.

Built in 1828, Baker Island Light rises 105 feet. With Mount Desert in the background, the light marks the western approach to Frenchman Bay. Gannett file photo.

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