Category Archives: science

High Coo – Nov 29 – Vishal’s Story

Vishal is interested in patient-physician communication and has discovered that empathy, gratitude and compassion are deeply intertwined. His goal is to permeate positivity for his patients’ healing journey.

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Today’s senryu: Vishal’s Story

empathy evolves –

let’s change our experience:

integrate grateful

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High Coo – Nov 19 – Giving and Receiving

As we approach the giving season, a couple of wise sayings come to mind:

“Some people spend their money freely and still grow richer. Others are cautious, and yet grow poorer. Be generous, and you will be prosperous. Help others and you will be helped.” Proverbs 11:24-25

“If you knew, as I do, the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing some of it.”

While generosity is a common topic across religions, it is also a subject for academic research. See and The Science of Generosity at

Whomever or whatever motivates you, please consider giving a little more this year.

Today’s senryu: Giving and Receiving

if you see a need

then contribute what you can

what goes ’round comes ’round


Today is Carl Sagan’s birthdate. He was born on Nov 9, 1934, in Brooklyn, NY, USA.

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An amazing communicator and Pulitzer Prize winning author, Sagan is probably most well-known for his groundbreaking (or should I say skybreaking) television show: COSMOS: A PERSONAL JOURNEY, the most watched PBS series until 1990. The show has been seen by 500 million people across 60 countries.

But with intelligence and charisma, Sagan was envied and resisted by peers throughout his life. Two examples include:

  • Before the end of high school, he entered an essay contest in which he posed the question of whether human contact with advanced life forms from another planet might be as disastrous for people on Earth as it was for Native Americans when they first had contact with Europeans. The subject was considered controversial, but his rhetorical skill won over the judges, and they awarded him first prize.
  • Harvard denied Sagan tenure (perhaps due to envy from tenured professors with less public recognition than him) so he became well-known for his leadership at Cornell University.

Unfortunately, Sagan died at the age of 62 in 1996 due to myelodysplasia. Fortunately, Sagan inspired many others to follow in his footsteps and carry the torch for creative thinking and science communication.


thank you for “billions”,

Neal deGrasse Tyson and your

partner, Ann Druyan

Tyson in 2017, receiving the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication

Druyan, executive producer and writer of Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, accepting the Peabody Award in 2014