Victoria NeuroNotes

Into the Gray


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Awe By Accident: Confessions of a Gem-a-holic

“The jeweler allows me to wear the sapphire blue lake on my finger, emerald green leaves around my neck, and take the citrine sunset with me wherever I go.  Jewelry has become my daytime link to nature in an office with no windows. And if I have to work late, there’s nothing like diamond stars and a pearl full moon against an onyx night sky. ~Astrid Alauda, “Office With No Windows,” 2005

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Empathy: The Ultimate Art Form

minds connectionHello everyone.  Hope you are skiing through the holidays without too many mishaps.   I thought I’d share one of my favorite RSA Animate videos.

The RSA Action and Research Center is a 258 year-old charity devoted to creating social progress and spreading world-changing ideas.  Enriching society through ideas and action

Roman Krznaric explains how we can help drive social change by stepping outside ourselves.

lightbulb_a  Check out George Orwell’s empathy experiment (see below). Continue reading


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In Appreciation, I Accept This Award

Hello to my blogging family. I have come to appreciate blogging awards because their intent is to not only express appreciation to the blogger receiving the award, but also to introduce us to other WordPress bloggers who deserve to be equally appreciated.  It’s a win-win. I feel honored to accept the Versatile Blogger Award from someone who not only has my utmost respect, but who’s also a brilliant writer. Continue reading


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My True Savior: A Love Letter To My Only Begotten

I’m not sure where this letter will take me, but I want to start by saying, beloved daughter, that I adore you, admire you, and have the utmost respect for you.  I will forever be indebted to you.  You saved my life.  I am a better person because of you, there’s no doubt about that.  Had you not come into my life when you did, I feel certain that I would have lost the will to live. Continue reading


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Acknowledgement: It Can Be Life-Changing

I found it fascinating to learn that the molecules that form cells seek feedback from their environment.  That only by getting feedback from markers in an environment does an atomic structure “know” or sense that a change has taken place.  The second president of the United States, John Adams, intuitively stated:

“A desire to be observed, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as one of the keenest dispositions of man.”

The outpouring of acknowledgement and support I received. before and after my one of posts became a WP Editors’ Pick and was featured on Freshly Pressed (WordPress – you rock), was incredible.  It has been life changing.  I’ve learned Continue reading


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It’s My Pleasure To Introduce — Words for the Weekend

For those of you who have yet to meet the incredible Christina aka Christy, from the blog Running On Sober, I am happy to introduce her to you today, along with her new blog Words for the Weekend.

She has a love for words, and loves to share the words that move her.  The series began at her original blog, RoS, but she and others (myself included) loved it so much, she decided to give it a permanent home. Continue reading