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The Great Neighborhood Debate of 1977

The Great Neighborhood Debate of 1977

by Dr. Donna Roberts
 
The summer of 1977 was the summer of the great debate in my neighborhood.
Fads and Crazes, Trends and Rages: Why we’re always looking for the next best thing

Fads and Crazes, Trends and Rages: Why we’re always looking for the next best thing

by Dr. Donna Roberts
 
From hula-hoops to cabbage patch dolls to fidget spinners. From goldfish swallowing to streaking to twerking.
I Remember, Therefore I Am, Part 3: The Spectrum of Forgetting

I Remember, Therefore I Am, Part 3: The Spectrum of Forgetting

by Dr. Donna Roberts
 
Most of the time we get frustrated when we can’t remember something. But then again sometimes we can’t forget things that we would like to.
The Myth of the Carefree Childhood: From Playground Politics to Adolescent Angst

The Myth of the Carefree Childhood: From Playground Politics to Adolescent Angst

by Dr. Donna Roberts
 
There is a myth about childhood—that it is carefree and without serious worry.
I Remember, Therefore I Am, Part 2: False Memories and Memory Mistakes

I Remember, Therefore I Am, Part 2: False Memories and Memory Mistakes

by Dr. Donna Roberts
 
Did you ever recount an experience from your past, only to be told that’s not how it happened?
Mean Girls Aren’t Just in High School: Be Kind Whenever Possible

Mean Girls Aren’t Just in High School: Be Kind Whenever Possible

by Dr. Donna Roberts
 
A childhood friend recently posted a nostalgic meme on Facebook. It was all fun and friendly. Until it wasn’t.
I Remember, Therefore I Am, Part 1—Memory and the Self

I Remember, Therefore I Am, Part 1—Memory and the Self

by Dr. Donna Roberts
 
Do you have a good memory? Are you sure? After all, you probably don’t remember what you don’t remember.
You Can’t Unring a Bell: Regrets and Do-Overs

You Can’t Unring a Bell: Regrets and Do-Overs

by Dr. Donna Roberts
 
Regrets: everyone has them to some extent. Harsh words, career mistakes, missed opportunities—these are all common experiences.
And It Still Hurts: Why Even Minor Childhood Wounds Still Ache

And It Still Hurts: Why Even Minor Childhood Wounds Still Ache

By Dr. Donna Roberts
 
“It is quite true that man lives by bread alone—when there is no bread. But what happens to man’s desires when there is plenty of bread and when his belly is chronically filled?"
Paradise Lost, a.k.a. The Reckless Innocence of My Generation’s Childhood

Paradise Lost, a.k.a. The Reckless Innocence of My Generation’s Childhood

by Dr. Donna Roberts
 
Turns out we were damaged in childhood. We didn’t realize it at the time, but now we are enlightened.
Tell Me a Story: The Psychology of Creative Writing

Tell Me a Story: The Psychology of Creative Writing

by Dr. Donna Roberts
 
Did you have a favorite bedtime story as a child? I loved the fairy tale Snow White. My mother, on the other hand, was not so thrilled about reading it to me every night.
Missed Shots and Strike-Outs: The Paradoxical Gift of Failure

Missed Shots and Strike-Outs: The Paradoxical Gift of Failure

by Dr. Donna Roberts
 
Success. We all want it. But just what is it? How do you get it? How do you really know when you’ve reached it?
The Lottery: When Life Imitated Art

The Lottery: When Life Imitated Art

by Dr. Donna Roberts
 
In 1948 Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” appeared in the June edition of The New Yorker. More than three decades later my sophomore English class reenacted the plot.
Lifelong Learning: Keeping the 1st Grade Passion Alive

Lifelong Learning: Keeping the 1st Grade Passion Alive

by Dr. Donna Roberts
 
I distinctly remember the first day of first grade. It was the beginning of my love affair with education.
Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That—Well, Maybe Five Minutes

Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That—Well, Maybe Five Minutes

by Dr. Donna Roberts
 
A colleague recently wrote an article about time, or, more precisely, the lack thereof. Specifically, it was about using increments of time as small as five minutes to write.

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