## Puzzles by the Numbers

My memories of putting complex jigsaw puzzles together as a family predate the current puzzle craze of corona days. I still remember holiday getaways as a teenager where my parents, sister, and I would sit around a table in a mountain cabin and collectively tackle the piece by piece assembly of folk art and nature […]

## Mathematical Models and Timelines of a Pandemic

Not even 10 days ago, I was making comments to a friend about the surge of emails I was receiving related to a potential pandemic and questioning how serious this viral threat truly was. Were the cancellations and concerns largely fear and hype-based, or actually evidence of prudent proactivity? I pondered how much time and […]

## The Pareto Principle

I’ve been exploring a variety of mental models over the past few months as I study tools to improve decision making and strategies to increase the odds of achieving desired results. It turns out that many linear thought processes that come naturally to us are, in fact, inaccurate representations of how the world actually behaves. […]

## One Percent Better

Do you ever feel paralyzed by your aspirations for a better life, or overwhelmed by how far your future goals are from your current reality? It may be an inspiring exercise to dream big and ponder the sort of life we want to be living in 5-10 years, but in order to turn dreams into […]

## Elements of Identity

In mathematics, an identity equation holds true regardless of the values chosen. By definition, the two sides of the equation are interchangeable so that one can be replaced by the other at any time. In humans, identity refers to the character qualities, personality traits, and routine behaviors that define an individual. In both cases, input […]

## Synergy Arithmetic

Arithmetic (from the Greek arithmos, “number” and tiké [téchne], “art”) – is commonly defined as the study of numbers and their manipulation by the processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Synergy (derived from the Greek word synergos “working together”) — is the concept that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Synergy Arithmetic is […]