Technology makes it possible for us to do many things at once, but Janet Schneider looks at research suggesting that multi-tasking erodes our attention and rewires our brains.
SAMBA: From Berkeley to Brazil
I love Sunday mornings. Often I wake to the smell of coffee and know that the New York Times awaits me on the dining room table, but these enticements don’t get me out of bed. I rise to dance the samba. For no matter what the weather is in Berkeley, California for one hour, I am transported to a warm Brazilian sandy beach, a Carnaval parade line moving in unison, or a spontaneous Latin street party.
Cycling Through Lives
On a recent 20-mile bike ride along Torch Lake Drive in Northern Michigan, I expected to see beautiful views of what National Geographic has called “the third most beautiful lake in the world.” However, from the road, I saw very little of the lake. Most of the houses were also concealed from sight. Instead, I noticed the wooden signs sprouting at the end of driveways like mushrooms, or attached to mailboxes like antlers.
Against my parents’ objections and to my siblings astonishment, we made an offer.