Month: October 2014

Skull Talk: Día de los Muertos

– The recent harvest contains seeds of spring but the fields lie fallow. The barrier between life and death feelstransparent, and even permeable. Skulls are part of the scary images seen in North America on Halloween where traditions reflect our fear of the dark, goblins, ghosts, and death. But in Mexico, skulls are used as a design motif throughout the festival of “Day of the Dead” where they appear bright, colorful, and often comic. […]

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Interview: Laura Sommers, Author of “The Pink Vase”

–   PY: What inspired you to submit your essay, “The Pink Vase,” to Poor Yorick? LS: When I saw your call for submissions, I thought my essay about deliberately “losing” something I had so diligently kept tabs on all these years would offer an interesting twist on the theme.   PY: In your essay, you speak of burying the actual pink vase. Though it is still buried, you felt the need to […]

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Skull Talk: The Brass City

– Like many cities in Connecticut, Waterbury has a rich history that can be attributed to the industry which helped it flourish. Although the thriving industry of yesteryear has dwindled, the nickname of the city still remains. The history of Waterbury is quite charming. Waterbury is known as the Brass City. This nickname comes from the incredibly successful brass industry which lasted from the mid eighteen century to the early twentieth century. […]

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Flashes of Past: Triggering Biology of the Brain

– I am passionate about psychology and specifically Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). My career as a researcher has focused on ways to look at the patterns substance users develop while I work to help people break these patterns and create healthier ones. Lately, I have wondered about consciousness and what the biology of our brain and the arousal of emotion does to consciousness and cognitive processing. Antonio Damasio explores the […]

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