Just a quiche

Bill Clinton and his team sit down at a diner for lunch while on the campaign trail. The waitress walks over and asks what they'll have. "I'll have a quickie" says the president, to which the waitress replies with a flustered slap and storms away. An aide leans over to Mr. Clinton and says "Sir, it's pronounced 'quiche'" 

Just thought I'd explain the title of the post. 

Yes, it's been a while. I've been busy. I've studied for and taken the GRE, twice, and am in the midst of finishing applications for B school. I think it's going to be pretty damn cool - there's a ton of interesting work being done out there. 

I've also watched the series Twin Peaks in the last 4 months. God, what a good show. Anyhow, it has reignited my frequent-but-always-passing interest in meditation. I read this quote this morning in an article from Nautilus.com (highly enjoyable site for readable science writing) and was kind of blown away:

"There’s plenty of evidence that meditation induces neurobiological changes. Sara Lazar’s lab at the Harvard Medical School in Boston has shown that even eight weeks of meditation can increase gray matter density in brain regions associated with executive function, working memory, and—importantly, from the perspective of wisdom—empathy, compassion, and self-distancing. In another study, her team showed that certain regions of the prefrontal cortex were as thick in 40- to 50-year-old meditators as they were in 20- to 30-year-old meditators and control subjects."

Guys, that's crazy. Same gray matter density in 40-50 year olds as 20-30 year olds? Not to mention, you know, empathy, compassion, etc. Anyhow, now that I've crossed the pale and entered my 30's, things like this interest me. 

Well, I'm off for now - things to do, essays to write. As usual, I'll try to drop a line more frequently from here forward.