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Healthy Eating

Why do people say that quesadillas are healthy food? I went to an office quesadilla party, and everybody was ecstatic how healthy they were. I’m not a paragon of healthy eating by any measure but quesadillas? There’s nothing in them except salt and carbs.

They also taste something horrid but that’s a different issue.

Advice from a Ukrainian Psychologist

I’m listening to the videos of a famous Ukrainian psychologist, and he has great suggestions on interacting with small children (up to 10 years of age or so).

Here are some:

1. Don’t tell children what NOT to do. Tell them what to do. A negative command prompts the behavior you are trying to discourage. Instead of “don’t splash water on the floor” say “move the water around gently.” Instead of “don’t leave your backpack by the door” say “put your packpack on the chair in your room.”

It’s all about how the human brain works, and stages of brain development. I said “don’t leave crumbs on the floor” yesterday, and immediately ended up with the floor covered with a layer of crumbs. It’s my own fault because I literally commanded the child to leave crumbs on the floor.

2. Don’t give multi-stage tasks like “take off your shoes, wash your hands, and come to the table.” Instead, give one task (“take off your shoes”), wait for it to be completed. Then give the second task. Wait for it to be completed. Etc.

As somebody said in the comments, this method works on husbands, too. (Not mine. Mine is such a treasure, he doesn’t need to be asked at all. He’s proactive.) Speaking about marriage, this psychologist says that an important symptom of a marriage that is nearing a crisis is when you have no time for yourself. Not the two of you but just your own self. A good marriage gives time and space for each spouse to do something that he or she enjoys doing for him or herself. Why do I lie in a bathtub with a mystery novel for hours? I’m being a good wife by doing it, that’s why.

For Russian speakers, the psychologist’s name is Дмитрий Карпачев, and his videos are all in Russian.

My Aesthetic

What people might not know about me is that my favorite aesthetic is that of a hypermodern corporate boardroom. Glass, chrome, rectangles, geometric spaces, clean lines. It gives me pleasurable explosions in the brain.

We have an annex built in this style on campus. It’s reserved for events of larger groups. If somebody could let me in this space every day for 15 minutes, I’d be the most productive bastard on campus. Which might be the reason why nobody wants me there because I’m already too hyper.

My ideal house is a hypermodern style located among huge, old trees. The problem is, I can find the two things separately but not together.

Quote of the Day

Northern conservatism. . . is a party which never conserves anything. Its history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution; to be denounced and then adopted in its turn. American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. 

Robert Louis Dabney, 1871.

Pandemia on Sale

Alex Berenson’s Pandemia is temporarily $2.99 on Kindle. Get yours here and find out for yourself what the hype is about. Beautifully written, enlightening, and filled with important information. Yes, it’s better to have a paper copy in case it gets banned but at $2.99 a digital version is a great alternative for those who can’t afford the hardback.

Oh, just get it already.

Declare It Over

Yes, thank you. This is absolutely all that needs to be done about COVID. Declare it over and let us be.

Still never voting for a Democrat ever again, of course, but I’m glad to see there’s at least one who isn’t completely stupid.