reality check diary

Reality. (Wikimedia Commons)

For all of you paying attention to the polls: read this piece in FiveThirtyEight: Dear Media: Stop Freaking Out About Donald Trump’s Polls.  Scroll down to the place where it says “Most Voters Are Barely Paying Attention.”


For the rest of you:

Singing Changes Your Brain

Key paragraph:

The benefits of singing regularly seem to be cumulative. In one study, singers were found to have lower levels of cortisol, indicating lower stress.  A very preliminary investigation suggesting that our heart rates may sync up during group singing could also explain why singing together sometimes feels like a guided group meditation.  Study after study has found that singing relieves anxiety and contributes to quality of life. Dr. Julene K. Johnson, a researcher who has focused on older singers, recently began a five year study to examine group singing as an affordable method to improve the health and well-being of older adults.

OK so what do I like to sing?

This one has lyrics on the YouTube page:

I like to sing this one on windy days.  Lyrics are here.

Another reality check from

It is well known that our existence in this universe depends on numerous cosmological constants and parameters whose numerical values must fall within a very narrow range of values. If even a single variable were off, even slightly, we would not exist.


I think the attraction of this one is the vocal chord changes.  Lyrics are here:

I can’t really explain this one:

Now here’s a winter song for those of you in the northern hemisphere.  Lyrics are here:

And for those of you in Eastern Time:

Okay so now it’s your turn to suggest songs or just start in.  Remember to turn off your electric devices after listening.


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