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Brad Esau
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An amateur scholar, albeit a highly motivated autodidact one, and writer with numerous interests from neuroscience to music to sports
An amateur scholar, albeit a highly motivated autodidact one, and writer with numerous interests from neuroscience to music to sports

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Well, the mountain shots I sought yesterday eluded me as the road access to the vantage point I needed no longer exists (these are old logging roads that I knew from nearly four decades ago).

However, there ended up being a pretty nice consolation prize, a lovely little area I discovered just off the road which I attempted to capture in photographs.
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Some exciting (for me) news about Taming the Polar Bears:

It appears Taming the Polar Bears is getting a new home! And not just "a" home but the home of its and my dreams.

Through an incredibly generous offer from a highly qualified, experienced and skilled individual with an extremely strong background in the field, Taming the Polar Bears is going to get a website of its own custom design built from the ground up to give it all the features I'd ever envisioned.

Everything created for Taming the Polar Bears will now be found in one spot, better organized, more accessible, more intuitively user friendly. Not only that, said Generous Individual (who prefers to remain anonymous) will be there to maintain the site and add improvements and further build it as it grows.

At this point it's looking good for an early 2018 launch.

There are literally countless individuals and supporters of "me and da Bears" without whom this would not have been possible. I will await a more formal launch announcement to name and publicly thank some them but for now, if you're reading this there's a very good chance that you are one of them.

I fight back the tears as I thank each and every one of you for your support over the years and the gratitude I feel for whatever role you played in getting me and Taming the Polar Bears to this point.
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"Around 2012, something started going wrong in the lives of teens. In just the five years between 2010 and 2015, the number of US teens who felt useless and joyless -- classic symptoms of depression -- surged 33 percent in large national surveys. Teen suicide attempts increased 23 percent. Even more troubling, the number of 13- to 18-year-olds who committed suicide jumped 31 percent."

"In a new paper published in Clinical Psychological Science, my colleagues and I found that the increases in depression, suicide attempts and suicide appeared among teens from every background -- more privileged and less privileged, across all races and ethnicities and in every region of the country. All told, our analysis found that the generation of teens I call 'iGen' -- those born after 1995 -- is much more likely to experience mental health issues than their millennial predecessors."

"What happened so that so many more teens, in such a short period of time, would feel depressed, attempt suicide and commit suicide? After scouring several large surveys of teens for clues, I found that all of the possibilities traced back to a major change in teens' lives: the sudden ascendance of the smartphone. All signs point to the screen."

This is according to Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, and author of a book on psychological changes across generations (Generation Me) and apparently has just published another (iGen).
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Whatever our goals, whatever our challenges, we get there one day at a time, one step at a time and by focusing our minds and efforts on the now.

http://tamingthepolarbears.blogspot.ca/2016/03/positive-difference-making-fundamentals.html
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A Mrs Bean portrait for #caturday

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A somewhat fun introduction to our stress response system as it pertains to understanding mood and psychiatric disorders. Forgive the (somewhat infamously long though also somewhat important) introductory preamble.

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A somewhat fun introduction to our stress response system as it pertains to understanding mood and psychiatric disorders. Forgive the (somewhat infamously long though also somewhat important) introductory preamble.
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