In the summer of 03, I was having lots of problems. I was very frustrated over my inability to think, process information, and retain it. I was aware that just a few short months before that, I was teaching, a full-time grad student working on my PhD, and doing all that went with it.
But that summer, I could barely comprehend a sentence, let alone a
paragraph, let alone read a sociological journal article. I would
open my own texts and try to decipher my own marginal notes and give
up, at a loss for what I wrote and what it meant. I would attempt
to write friends email, and I would have to labor over a simple note
for hours. Sometimes, even then, the notes were full of tangents
and barely made sense.
Today, I picked up a book of logic puzzles that I've had sitting around
for over a year (actually, closer to two, as I think I got it right
around Christmas 2003). I remember that I was so frustrated
because I stumbled over them and could not solve any of the puzzles,
even the more simplified ones. So, I held my breath and opened
Well, the first two I solved with minimal efforts. The next two I
did in pen. No mistakes. What was even better was that I
began to feel that sense of enjoyment I had always associated with
challenging my mind and then meeting that challenge.
For those of you who don't know, these logic puzzles are the sort that
are word problems related to elimination and multi-tasking. For
instance, matching the five people up with their professions, which
yoga class they took, and for how long, based on several clues that are
So, one such statement that is helps might say: "The attorney's
karma workshop lasts longer than Will's course (which isn't the
shortest)." Which one of the five people is the attorney?
Well, not Will. Which also means that Will did not take the karma
course. Also Will did not have the shortest course (which was 6
weeks), meaning that the attorney could not have taken the shortest
course nor the next to shortest course (cuz it has to be longer than
Will's and he did not take the shortest course). Will cannot take
the longest course either, as the attorney's course is longer than
That sort of thing is called a logic puzzle. There are other
logic puzzles as well. It is this type of which I have always
been fond (well, except for that timeperiod when I had a hard time
functioning at all).
Glad to be back in the running, of some sort, anyway.