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WHAT THE ELEPHANTS CAN TEACH US

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The elephant is the largest living land mammal and is known as a symbol of ancient power, strength, and royalty. There are two types still in existence—the Indian and the African. In a National Geographic essay entitled "Human Females Could (Should?) Be More Like Elephant Females," the author Katarzyna Nowak explains how female elephants gain invaluable knowledge from experienced, older matriarchs. They are socially complex and intelligent creatures who inherit from their mothers all the knowledge of migration routes and feeding sites that a herd needs to survive. Nowak also asks what unique skills human females hold for the future of our species and ecosystems. One exceptional feature of human females is they live long after menopause. Thus, like elephants, women pass on knowledge and help care for the next generation. Humans, too, are habituated to female social bonding, teaching, and communal rearing. 

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FEMALE LEADERSHIP AND ANIMALS

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The Leadership Quarterly recently published a research paper written by Mills College biologist Dr. Jennifer Smith and her colleagues entitled “Obstacles and opportunities for female leadership in mammalian societies: A comparative perspective.”

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BENEFITS OF CREATIVITY

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Last week's blog introduced the idea of creativity and meditation. This week we'll look at what tapping into our creative selves on a regular basis can bring us. According to scientific research there are numerous benefits of being creative. 

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YOUR CREATIVE SELF AND MEDITATION

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According to Wikipedia, creativity is a phenomenon in which something new and somehow valuable is formed. The created item may be intangible (an idea, a scientific theory, a musical composition, or a joke) or a physical object such as an invention, a literary work, or a painting.

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THE ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD RELUCTANT HERO

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To say Will Restall is a reluctant hero is an understatement. However, that is the tag people are hanging on this Tolland Middle School student after his actions helped his injured bus driver receive quick medical treatment. Will almost missed the school bus that morning, and as he sat on the bus he focused intently on his cell phone, playing a video game. He waited the usual ten minutes to be allowed off the bus to go into the school. But then he heard a loud noise and looked up to see that the bus driver was no longer in the driver’s seat. She was slumped into the stairwell of the entrance of the bus, apparently having passed out. Will left his aisle seat, grabbed the two-way radio, and reported several times the driver was hurt. Later in the day, it was reported the driver was at home, resting and recovering, and was going to be okay. As for his “hero” status, which included several TV news appearances, Will expressed a reluctance to be in the limelight. His father said he had to bribe him to do so!

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