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Return to Chautauqua

19 Jun

On Saturday, I returned, as I do every summer, to the amazing Chautauqua Institution on the banks of Lake Chautauqua in western New York.

Here’s a one minute promotional video:

And here is a video of my friend, Chautauqua Institution archivist, Jon Schmitz:


22 Jun

I am back at the Chautauqua Institution for the duration of the Summer. My big projects this summer is analyzing data from a survey of yoga practitioners and learning how to program a micro-controller for some experiments I want to run.

If you’ve never been to Chautauqua you owe it to yourself to see this remarkable place. Here is a video narrated by my friend, Chautauqua archivist  Jon Schmitz.

Raisin in the Sun at Chautauqua

2 Jul

I would be remiss if I did not mention the amazing production of A Raisin in the Sun at the Bratton Theater of the Chautauqua Institution. It is simply the best production of this important play that I have ever seen.

Chautauqua audiences give standing ovations easily, but I have never heard the audience react like they did after Sunday’s performance. You could feel the wave of appreciation as people cheered the incredible cast. The performance of Lynda Gravatt as Lena deserves special mention for its power and persuasiveness.

I know a number of Chautauquans read this blog and you must get tickets if you haven’t already done so.



Chautauqua’s Little Free Library

20 Jun

Walking down Wythe Avenue at the Chautauqua Institution,  I spotted this:


According to the Little Free Library website:

“What is a Little Free Library? It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too!”

What a great way to promote reading and community! I noticed a copy of Umberto Eco‘s The Name of the Rose, I envy the person who picks it up for the first time.


Here is a video about the project:

Little Free Library Story from Beargrass Media on Vimeo.

Return to Chautauqua

16 Jun

Yesterday, Bella and I arrived back at the Chautauqua Institution where we will spend most of the summer.


Chautauqua is one of the world’s greatest educational institutions with programs for people of all ages and interests.

My big project this summer will be finishing the manuscript for my book on memory improvement. So expect a few posts on writing.


Explaining Chautauqua

11 Jan

Long time readers know that I spend my summers at the Chautauqua Institution, America’s greatest adult education facility. Anyone who has visited knows that it is almost impossible to describe the Institution. Here is a recently released video that does a good job explaining Chautauqua:

Don’t waste your money on expensive, possibly ineffective, brain training software, visit Chautauqua instead.

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My Esperanto project

5 Sep

I have been asked to give a talk next year as part of the Heritage Lecture Series at the Chautauqua Institution about the international language Esperanto.

There is a historic connection between Esperanto and Chautauqua. In 1908 the first Esperanto convention in the United States was held at the Chautauqua Institution.

Esperanto is one of the languages that I study (the other two are Japanese and Sanskrit), while I have some facility in reading Esperanto, I am far from fluent. Now that I am going to give a talk on it, I would like to improve my skills to the point where I am able to give a decent demonstration. I will try to give occasional updates on my progress.

Why would anyone want to learn Esperanto? Benny makes a good case.

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