Asking Questions

A 3-post collection

"We are what we repeatedly do." - Aristotle

THE CHALLENGE I’m going to be honest, the subject of this particular post, habits and their underlying beliefs, is largely over my head, which is one of the reasons I decided to challenge myself in contributing to Not at the Dinner Table in the first place. Ever hear the quote, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten?” I have no idea who said it, but it seems to be the story of my life. And I know I’m not alone. Habits are so hard to change, and from my experience the reason is two-fold. First, habits directly represent underlying beliefs. Often times we try to change our...

Health and Wholeness: Where to Begin

My journey towards health is just beginning. Yet, I’ve been dieting and exercising since high school (2004), content to gain 20lbs one year just to become obsessed with losing it the next. And although I looked to the latest health theories for guidance, my lifestyle was anything but healthy. It wasn’t until 2011 when I started suffering from unexplained symptoms, which led to anxiety and panic attacks, that I started wondering what healthy really means and why poor health is so common. Like many others whose questions are left unanswered by medical experts, I started addressing my health with diet. Not with calories, as I had done in the past, but with quality. I wanted real food. I...

The Scientific Method

"For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” ― Aristotle I teach high school science. I don’t tell you this because I am hoping to get a pay raise or think I deserve consideration for sainthood. I mention that I am a science teacher, because, as I try to teach teenagers how to think, solve problems, and answer questions like a scientist, I am myself becoming better at thinking, solving, and answering like a scientist. This is my way of warning you that I am biased, or at the very least, I have a certain way of viewing the world. I give a version of this speech each fall to my...