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Looking for a simple program to exercise your brain?

San Francisco-based firm, Lumos Labs, Inc. has launched a new Web service called Lumosity. In their words – “Lumosity is the brain fitness program designed by neuroscientists that is scientifically demonstrated to improve your memory, attention and processing speed.” A series of simple online sessions of some three to five games each allow users to exercise four differing areas of brain function. Use it or lose it as the old adage goes. So here’s a potential way to improve the brain that you have. And for those other types of self-improvement efforts that you may be contemplating, why not start them with the best brain possible? For more details you can check out www.lumosity.com. I’ll be going through the exercises and will post my own experiences.

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The Box is only sand . . .

I’ve used a term over the years – “playing in the sandbox.” It’s not original of course. But it has been useful to illustrate a couple of important concepts. The most obvious is the sandbox as metaphor for life – how well we get along with those around us at work, at home or in our communities. It’s all about social skills to use a more sterile term.

The second has to do with our views about the world. It’s the box in which we live and through which we see everything around us. Each of us has one of these “mental models” – and they’re all different. The point is that our box, for all its apparent solidity, is only made of sand. It’s changeable.

Working well together. Playing well together. Making allowances for differences in how we each see the world. Being the best that we can individually and collectively be. That’s the gist of the sandBox.