Author Archives: Paulette

The Risky Business of Football

Discussion on the long term neurological effects of concussions has been brought into the spotlight with recent events in the news.  Many former NFL players are being diagnosed with CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) a degenerative neurological disease which manifests with Read More >

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BrainSessions- Which Brain Are You?

People love our stores and our website because of all of the brainy fun products we offer.  We know our customers are excited to get the latest and best games and puzzles for their families, friends and themselves. But we Read More >

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Singing and the Brain

I’ve been singing a lot lately.  I sing with a choir once a week and am also working on a show.  I have a hectic schedule and have to rehearse when I can.  So if you live in Chicago, you Read More >

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Meditation May Prevent Colds and Flu

I’ve been reading this week about a study performed by the University of Wisconsin that showed that mindfulness meditation or moderate exercise can reduce instances of cold and flu.  This information comes a little late, as I have been suffering from Read More >

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Beating the Winter Blahs

I don’t get depressed during the winter months, but I do experience what I refer to as the winter blahs (not blue, just blah). I have to fight the urge to stay on of my couch and watch movies all Read More >

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Brain Benefits of Working Puzzles

Puzzles were a prominent part of my childhood. During the winter months, our dining room table often held a large piece of leftover wall paneling covered with jigsaw puzzles in progress.  I would sit with my mom and try to Read More >

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Why Do Tongues Get Twisted in a Tongue Twister?

A big black bug bit a big black bear, and the big black bear bled blood I’m not sure who created it, but today is International tongue twister day. Tongue twisters are silly and make us laugh, but they are Read More >

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Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) originated with the indigenous cultures of Mexico. When missionaries brought Christianity to the country the celebration converged with the Catholic holy days of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. These celebrations Read More >

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Why Do We Love Scary Stories?

Why do we love scary stories? Why do we enjoy that creeping sensation or jolt of terror when we read a ghost story or see a horror flick? Part of the answer has to do with biology. When we are Read More >

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Nifty & Handy Things Your Grandparents Knew

If you enjoy books with interesting information and a leaning towards nostalgia, check out How to Build a fire: And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew and How to Sew a Button: and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew.  Compiled Read More >

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