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1.22.2004
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I ran across an interesting site today-it's something I suggest everyone should take a moment to read. Whitwell Middle school in Tennessee came up with a class project 3 years ago to collect 6 million paper clips and use them to create a memorial for the 6 million people killed in the WWII Holocaust. I called and spoke with the director to inquire about their progress. She told me that they have currently received a little over 32 million paper clips. Two U.S. Congressmen purchased an authentic German rail car (one of the last few remaining in the world) that transported prisoners to camps during the war, and had the car shipped to the middle school. There it was filled with 11 million paper clips by the children, and stands today as a memorial for the victims of the Holocaust. The teacher that headed this project also disclosed that they had received paper clips and documentation from all 50 U.S. states and 44 countries on 6 continents. Recently, Miramax filmed a documentary about the project that is touring the world. The film will be playing in Germany in 2 weeks. Another 11 million paper clips collected were placed in an obleisk that was constructed beside the rail car. The volunteers are making plans for more memorials to house the remaining paper clips. It's amazing how powerful something like a paper clip can be! Congratulations to the teachers, students, volunteers, and every individual that mailed in a paper clip!

HERE's the site: (go to www.marionschools.org and scroll down to the link.)

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Making fun of Passion for our work?
I am by no means a Howard Dean fan, but I am offended by how the media and others are making fun of his speech the other night. Shouldn't we all be that excited about our life's work? I mean his job right now is trying to become president. Think about how much work defines us. When you meet a stranger in a bar, on the street, in an airplane and they ask what you do, you answer with your job description. Though you may be a mother, father, lover, poet, you still answer with your work. Let's all answer with passion. Let's get swept up by the idea of 'what we want to be' is exciting. If others make fun, as Gordon MacKenzie said, they are trying to shame us. Shame on them!
Peace.
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1.21.2004
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sleep on it

German scientists have just released the results of a study that shows that sufficient sleep can enhance creativity (another article here). A good sleep cycle seems to give the mind a chance to restructure memories in such a way before storing them as to enhance creative problem-solving. The study itself can be found in this week's issue of the journal Nature.

This study, in conjunction with a recent article in Newsweek that declares a good night's sleep as necessary to overall health as a good diet and exercise, means that I gotta get to bed.

EJ in Richmond

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