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You Can’t Touch This

Photo by Yoann Boyer on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on July 20, 2021 We arrive finally at the last of the five human senses: touch. Last in our series, but likely the first sense to develop in human…

A Matter of Taste

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels Published in the Humboldt Independent on June 29, 2021 We have previously covered sight, hearing, and smell, and now arrive at taste on our odyssey through the suite of human senses. To most of us, taste is…

The Nose Knows

Photo by Casey Murphy on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on June 15 Moving on in our tour of the senses, we sniff out the human nose, a sense organ that gets a bad rap compared to your basset hound’s…

Lend Me Your Ears

Photo by Hayes Potter on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on June 1, 2021 Whether it’s Mozart or Led Zeppelin, birdsong or an elephant’s trumpet, your ears process sound the same way. Then your brain makes up your mind…

The Eyes Have It

Photo by Nonsap Visuals on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on May 18, 2021 “I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world’s variety and uniqueness.” — Maya Angelou This is the first in a series of…

What’s That You Say?

Published in the Humboldt Independent on May 4, 2021 Beginning about 20 years ago a large international group of academic researchers conducted a series of informally linked studies on literacy in industrialized nations. The questions being asked were mostly concerned…

The Teenaged Brain

Photo by Jeswin Thomas on Unsplash Posted in the Humboldt Independent on April 13, 2021 Not so long ago, brain scientists asserted that brain plasticity occurred over a short period of time in childhood, ending before adolescence, and that teenagers’…

Spiders and Darkness and Thunder Oh My!

Image by ambermb from Pixabay  Published in the Humbodlt Independent on March 30, 2021 Recently there was a rather long thread going around social media about all the things that folks would do differently in the new normal of a now finally imaginable…

Yoga for Everything

Photo by Alexy Almond from Pexels Published in the Humboldt Independent on March 9, 2021 The term yoga has become one of the biggest umbrellas in the world of health over the past few decades as it has transformed from its spiritual and…

Use It or Lose It, Part 2

Photo by Sriyoga Ashram on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on February 16, 2021 Last time, we talked about the gradual loss of muscle mass that is a natural part of the aging process, beginning as early as one’s…