Smart/not smart. Learning to inquire artfully can open your mind to wider and deeper ways of knowing. It can also transform how you talk to yourself. Questions such as What is important to me right now? At first this was barely perceptible, but gradually it became obvious. Taking her to the GP resulted only in her blood pressure being measured and statins being prescribed. Eventually we saw a neurologist and she had an MRI scan of the brain. It revealed that she had developed a dementia, probably a mix of Alzheimer's and vascular dementia. All of this could have been diagnosed years before by her GP. Increased interest is being shown now in the pre-diagnosis period of many neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Maybe a decade before the diagnosis there may be subtle personality changes and other symptoms, such as a reduced sense of smell or disturbed sleep. I have a worsening sense of smell and often have screaming fits in my sleep. In my darker moments, I look forward with fear to my potential neurological future and wonder what should I do about it. Eat and drink more, or take to the gym? Nothing generates more clicks and attracts more feverish attention than a feeding frenzy around a person who might have violated an invisible, unwritten, always-changing code. And God help you if you're the wildebeest separated from the herd. The Twitter hyenas will be on you like it's their last day at the water hole. It's also a self-perpetuating machine: if the media sees a story in which five people comment on the mistakes of another, to them, that's a story. Here's the synopsis: Joe Thompson says something slightly un-PC while doing the local weather report in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania.

Someone, usually a poorly paid blogger for some massive media outlet, posts it. He's a lowly writer with no experience, so he slams Joe hard, not even bothering with a reporter-ly phone call. Twitter erupts! Joe is trending on Twitter, which causes another blogger, this time for CNN--which writes its default headline featuring two key words: sparks and outrage. Yet the other day, we were having a sound scavenger hunt around the house and he drew the oy card, which he has known definitively for months. Yet suddenly, he couldn't even identify the letter y. He absolutely had no idea what that letter was called - which he has known since toddlerhood. How to feel self-defeated in a microsecond. On both an emotional level and academic level, it's easy to see why he got so upset and so wants to avoid reading now. Desperate to help, I switched the game and just asked him to grab the label for the shell from the pile on the floor - and he did, with no trouble at all. His (wonderful) preschool teachers don't suspect a thing; He scores far above average on intelligence testing and now tells them that he is going out on Halloween not just as a mummy, but as the mummy of Pharaoh Ramses II. This is not a child that is sending up red flags anywhere - except when his parents insisted that special eyes take a closer look. Then, and only then, the psychologist and reading specialists clearly recognized the warning signs. It appears that once Pam had the intention of going home, then Jaytee walked to the window. She mentally decided that it was time to go home, and it was that decision that seemingly triggered Jaytee's movement to the window. It is as if Jaytee read Pam's mind. The results are difficult to explain by ordinary means. Pam's trip was not part of her normal schedule; She hadn't even gotten in a car when Jaytee reacted, and no one at the house knew when Pam was coming home.

The results have been replicated. Dr Sheldrake ran roughly 200 experiments with Jaytee and Pam and showed a strong statistical effect, which suggests that animal-human telepathy is in fact real. His results were published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Scientific Exploration. The Jaytee controversy I had a terrifying experience at a nude shoot with a hundred other women where we used our bodies to create image diversity that we could share with the Internet. In a moment of encouragement for others to be brave, I stripped down to nothing and struck a powerful pose. When I saw the image of myself that had been taken . I hated it more than I've ever hated an image of myself before. I felt that I looked too masculine, and my short hair only seemed to exacerbate this. I saw the flaws. I saw that belly. I sat on the image for weeks, loathing my body until I just couldn't take it anymore. I had to know if it was as awful as my critical mind said it was. So with tears in my eyes, I sat down with my boyfriend and showed it to him. By being proactive, doing some simple prep and making lists of everything you need, you can help to make your dream holiday stress-free. Make a list Always have a plan. And this starts with a list of everything you'll need for your trip. So, grab a pen and some paper (or use a computer, so you can go back and edit, as needed) and organise the items on your list under the following headings: Clothing and footwear: tops, bottoms, dresses, swimwear, underwear, socks, pyjamas

Accessories: bags, belts, scarves, sunglasses, jewellery Toiletries: toothbrush/paste, make-up, sunscreen, after-sun, beauty and bath products, hairbrush Entertainment: tablet, headphones, chargers, portable speakers, packs of cards, articles, journals Sports: gym clothes, snorkel, goggles and flippers, tennis racket, golf clubs, skis The treble slamming out of the speaker cones is the sound of a million defibrillators being jammed by alien radio transmissions. The hairs on my arms dance with the sheer vibration as I, alone in the security moat between stage and crowd, raise my camera and notepad to document the scene. Above, Sonny Moore, now the artist known as Skrillex, headbangs over his turntables, his 15-inch-long hair flying against a backdrop of white electricity. In the past three years, Skrillex has won six Grammys, including best dance/electronica album twice in a row (and a nomination for best new artist), and has come to symbolize a genre into which thousands of artists--and millions of fans--are flooding. He is this generation's Kurt Cobain, says Joe Villacrusis, tour manager and music industry veteran who's traveled with and babysat rock stars since the early '90s. Look at the history of music . The once-king of screamo was now the king of dubstep, having caught not one, but two gigantic musical waves in less than a decade. Sonny certainly wasn't the first mover in either genre, as artists had been pioneering--struggling to break ground on--emo, screamo, EDM, and dubstep for years before the styles reached an inflection point with listeners. He hopped on board for the second wave and paddled hard for it each time. From First to Last sold a respectable 500,000 records. Having kids pushes us to take a long hard look at ourselves and we may not always feel comfortable with what we see. Before I had kids, I had gone to counselling a good bit to work through various issues from my past which were still impacting on me. However, it was only when I became a parent that I realised there were a few extra skeletons which had never seen the light of day! There is no escaping our past no matter how much we try. Over the course of our lifetime, we build up defences to keep our childhood pain at bay (eg denial, acting out, over-control). Unfortunately they only work for a limited time and can end up falling to pieces when faced with the gruelling challenges of parenting.

Working on yourself is one of the best investments you can make as a parent, not only for you, but for your kids. When I begin to work with parents on deepening their awareness of how their past may have impacted on how they see themselves now, a light bulb goes off. It can be harder for some than others depending on their stories and self-awareness. Becoming a parent affords you an incredible opportunity to grow as an individual, knowing that this self-growth will benefit you, your child and your relationship. Overwhelmed by the enormity of their role, lying awake at 3 am, they feel friendless and hopeless. Stagnating and stuck, organisational performance drops and employee trust in leadership certainty disappears. Unable to make decisions, leader inaction feeds into growing organisational toxicity, compounding uncertainty and silence into failure that degenerates and grows. At this point, there is no leader'. Acknowledging that extreme exhaustion is kicking in is one thing; Authors Melinda Smith, Jeanne Segal and Lawrence Robinson, in the article Burnout prevention and treatment', advise aThree Rs' approach: Recognise: Watch for the warning signs of burnout Reverse: Undo the damage by seeking support and managing stress Resilience: Build your resilience to stress by taking care of your physical and emotional health. As Debbie's story illustrated, it's much harder to come back from burnout than it is to manage and prevent it. Still others regularly suffer from a sudden pain in the lower part of the abdomen. One of my patients is a ten-year-old boy. When he felt pain in the lower part of the abdomen, he reduced inflammation through blood transfusions in the hospital. As time went on, his health continued to deteriorate, and the pain increased in frequency. His aunt, who had been a friend of mine for many years, asked me to help. I recommended a recipe called walnut and hyacinth bean paste, which the child liked to eat and which also had a healing effect.