Being introverted during the holidays.

With the holidays approaching, it seems appropriate to point you toward this article regarding your loved ones and their introversion. Excerpt:

 

Do you know someone who needs hours alone every day? Who loves quiet conversations about feelings or ideas, and can give a dynamite presentation to a big audience, but seems awkward in groups and maladroit at small talk? Who has to be dragged to parties and then needs the rest of the day to recuperate? Who growls or scowls or grunts or winces when accosted with pleasantries by people who are just trying to be nice?

If so, do you tell this person he is “too serious,” or ask if he is okay? Regard him as aloof, arrogant, rude? Redouble your efforts to draw him out?

If you answered yes to these questions, chances are that you have an introvert on your hands—and that you aren’t caring for him properly. Science has learned a good deal in recent years about the habits and requirements of introverts. It has even learned, by means of brain scans, that introverts process information differently from other people (I am not making this up). If you are behind the curve on this important matter, be reassured that you are not alone. Introverts may be common, but they are also among the most misunderstood and aggrieved groups in America, possibly the world…

 

We aren’t rude; we’re introverted. (Except for when we’re being rude.)

Book review: PLAY THEIR HEARTS OUT by George Dohrmann.

PLAY THEIR HEARTS OUT is my latest book review, with the Star Tribune newspaper.  Excerpt:

For the most devoted sports fans, there is no shortage of avenues to explore the machinations behind what we see on television or in the stadiums. With an Internet connection and a library card, the devoted follower can plumb the depths of all manner of statistics, anecdotes, legends and game analysis. The only risk (aside from alienating your loved ones as you sink all your free time into your fantasy league team) is that you could learn more than you’d like to know.

The NBA is no exception; Despite (or more likely because of) the fairy tale-esque ascension of superstars along the lines of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant, only the most naive of fans would think that the path to professional basketball is free of backroom dealings, player manipulation and straight-ahead politics. George Dohrmann, a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, earned a Pulitzer Prize in 2000 while at the St. Paul Pioneer Press for his exposé of academic fraud in the men’s basketball program at the University of Minnesota.

A couple of years later, after writing a story for Sports Illustrated about corruption in sports that led to no consequences for the unethical coaches, Dohrmann set himself to digging deeper into grass-roots basketball to find some answers.