The Aging Atlas

The images of the Titan, Atlas, holding a celestial sphere on his shoulders reflect a muscular man whom we envision easily carrying any burden laid upon him. We strive to emulate that Titan, carrying the weight of building a career and caring for a family. In the process, we stress ourselves to the max, resulting in insomnia and anxiety, turning to Prozac and other remedies to aid in our journeys.             What impact will these efforts have on our bodies? The Atlas of myth remains strong, eternally steadfast in the judgment meted out to him by Zeus for his rebellion. Humans, however, are not as stalwart. On my daily walks, I observe people of all ages. The young mother running as she pushes her baby...

Talking Makes My Hands Move

Actually, talking doesn’t affect my hands, but I can’t say the same for lots of other people. I recently passed a woman talking on her cell phone as she ambled down the street, one hand holding her phone, the other gesticulating wildly through the air.             I think of using hands in a conversation to emphasize a point, to clarify the importance of something to the listener. But with no listener present, what can gestures accomplish? Do they help the speaker speak? Do they help the speaker think? Do they calm or quicken the emotions the speaker is trying to convey? Is the speaker, unbeknownst to the listener, using sign language to add to his message?  There must be a switch in the...