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David Yamada @davidyamada ?

active 2 years, 7 months ago
  • About a year and a half ago, I broke down and bought an Amazon Kindle. Despite my lifelong affinity for books and the printed page, I was doing so much traveling that I found myself bereft without the choices of my home library. At times, the one or two books I brought on a trip [...]

  • In my more optimistic moments, I see possibilities for creating a New Enlightenment grounded in human dignity and the wonder of discovery. The bodies of knowledge and the basic tools are largely in place for this to occur. But I also see the threat of a new Dark Age, grounded in a brutal concentration of [...]

  • John, This will be a rambling reply rather than an organized response! I actually think that Facebook has made me more mindful of diversity of opinion. I regularly link posts from my blog, Minding the Workplace (http://newworkplace.wordpress.com), articles about current events, and the like. But I do so recognizing that not all of my FB [...]

  • John, When I joined Facebook in 2009, I did so warily. I assumed it would be full of flame wars about political issues or just plain irrelevant silliness. I feel very differently about it today. Now I spend more time using Facebook than regular e-mail (the latter in sharp decline), and it is a part [...]

  • You know the old holiday saying that it’s better to give than to receive? Well, I’ve been thinking about it a lot in connection with a recent BBC radio segment (link  here) on a new initiative called Giving What We Can. Giving What We Can (website link  here) is a group of some 60 individuals who have [...]

  • A late friend once told me that everyone should have a “Plan B.” By that he meant,  have a plan for making a living if you somehow lose your current job, vocation, or trade. In my friend’s case, he was preaching what he had practiced. Many years ago, he had lost his job as a college philosophy [...]

  • To many, the word “scholarship” conjures up a dry, isolated, and bookish process and result. Serious people writing serious things, published in serious academic journals and books. And to be sure, scholarship of the nature practiced and produced by academicians can fit that description. But it doesn’t have to be that way. For a livelier view of [...]

  • Last week, I attended several wonderful events, some a part of the annual Wisconsin Book Festival, two events at the library where I work.  At one of the programs, the author, Monica Brown, was asked, “What is the secret to writing? When you find yourself having serious writer’s block, what can you do?” The entire [...]

  • The term, multilogue (sometimes spelled, “multilog”), means “a conversation of many to many.” Recently, it has become associated with the kind of interactions that take place on social networking sites, discussion boards and wikis. Type “multilogue” in your favorite search engine, and you’ll find all kinds of websites pop up, many dealing with…[Read more]

  • Mystery, crime, and suspense fiction is one of my favorite categories of escapist reading. After a long day, it’s nice to lose myself in a story that — however briefly — draws me into a web of drama and intrigue. However, on occasion I feel a tinge of guilt over my affinity for mysteries. After all, they have [...]

  • When I lived in New York City from 1982 to 1994, I had a love-hate relationship with the New York Times . Oh, how I enjoyed those big, fat Sunday editions, brimming with goodies like the Book Review and the Week in Review . And just buying the paper made me feel like more of a New Yorker, no small [...]

  • Until I joined Facebook last fall, I regarded it as kids’ stuff, the province of teens and college students.  But in less than a year, I find myself musing over how quickly it has become a regular part of my day. I have found that Facebook at midlife is an odd, compelling, and meaningful experience. [...]

  • Second Thoughts is devoted to adult education and the quest for a humane and good society.  It is part of the John Ohliger Institute for Social Inquiry, named in honor of the late John Ohliger (1926-2004), a pioneering adult educator, writer, and activist — not to mention husband of Chris Wagner and friend of David Yamada. Second Thoughts [Read more]

  • Members of the WISR Community: Since 2008 I’ve been hosting a blog, Minding the Workplace , that features commentary and information on employment relations, workers’ rights, psychological health at work, related issues of education, economics, and politics, and — most of all — my specialty area of scholarship and advocacy, workplace bullying.…[Read more]

  • David Yamada became a registered member 7 years ago