Here are some things about me you probably don’t know (and maybe don’t even care to know; sorry about that).

Terry Mansfield and his wife Kayoko. (Photo by author,)

My name is Terry Mansfield, and I was born in a doctor’s office on June 28th, 1951 in the town of Rolla, Missouri, USA. Not long after my birth, my parents Elvin and Lillian moved to St. Louis, a city that sits next to the Mississippi River, and which is a much larger place than Rolla. I grew up in St. Louis and, as almost all St. Louisans do, became a lifelong fan of the local major league baseball team…

I received an interesting message on LinkedIn from a fellow Medium writer.

“Reciprocity is a deep instinct; it is the basic currency of social life.”

— Jonathan Haidt

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“In social psychology, reciprocity is a social norm of responding to a positive action with another positive action, rewarding kind actions. As a social construct, reciprocity means that in response to friendly actions, people are frequently much nicer and much more cooperative than predicted by the self-interest model; conversely, in response to hostile actions they are frequently much more nasty and even brutal. Reciprocity makes it possible to build continuing relationships and exchanges.”


Here’s what Mark Kelly said to me:

“Hi Terry…

Sometimes, whining seems like the national pastime. We run across whiners everywhere. They’re easy to spot and incredibly annoying. We might even be one of them.


We’ve all been guilty of whining at one time or another in our lives. We got plenty of practice doing it when we were children. And then if we became parents ourselves, we wound up on the receiving end of whining.

But you never really get used to hearing it. The long, high-pitched cry or sound that usually goes with it is like hearing nails scratching on a blackboard. Very unpleasant indeed.

Here’s an example of what it means to whine (and although children do it a lot, many adults have this bad habit as well), as defined by the…

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About the dangers of eating certain things

A not-so-frozen Arctic is happening

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‘Shift to a Not-So-Frozen North Is Well Underway, Scientists Warn. There is no reason to think that in 30 years much of anything will be as it is today,” one of the editors of a new report on the Arctic climate said.’

Watch this amazing video that shows the ongoing change in the Arctic climate.


Thanks for reading. (Copyright Terry Mansfield. All rights reserved.)

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