Tarot Daily Dot Decoder, September 20, 2014

9 of Pentacles

Countdown to the Autumnal Equinox, which comes on Monday.

Remember ‘speed reading’? That was a fad in the Sixties. Supposedly President Kennedy tried it. My whole work day is full of skimming through notes for the relevant information, so this article backs up my impression– speed reading is about as much fun as speed eating-and slow reading is good for your brain.

Slow readers list numerous benefits to a regular reading habit, saying it improves their ability to concentrate, reduces stress levels and deepens their ability to think, listen and empathize. The movement echoes a resurgence in other old-fashioned, time-consuming pursuits that offset the ever-faster pace of life, such as cooking the “slow-food” way or knitting by hand.

I felt a little guilty about all the time I spend reading, but now I consider what worse vices I would need if I didn’t have some good fiction to take the edge off.

I am experiencing the consequences of another vice- eating while blogging. My ‘4’ key gets stuck and will four forever until I pry it back up.

Open Studios today and tomorrow at the Pawtucket Arts Festival. The first open studios event I ever attended was Art Beat, a benefit for fighting AIDS when the epidemic was raging with no cure in sight. Better times now, but still far better to prevent than treat.

A good year for the IgNobel Prize-

The public health prize was shared by the Czech Republic, India, Japan and the United States for investigating whether it is mentally hazardous to own a cat.

There’s a ’cause and effect’ thing happening here. Do cats make us crazy, or do crazy people collect cats? If you know anything about this study, please tell me more.

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