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Autistic Savants: Geniuses of Obscure Devotions

(The following is a companion piece to the Slate article, "Eugene Hoskins Is His Name: The long-forgotten story of a black autistic man in Oxford, Miss., who crossed paths with William Faulkner." You can read that story by clicking here.)When Professor Hiram Byrd opened up the autistic savant Eugene Hoskins' private notebook back in Oxford, Mississippi in 1920, here's what he described seeing: "Mississippi Division, Jackson District." Then follows the names of stations leading from Jackson, Tenn - (Just as they were spelled out in his book) Bemis, Melases, Medon, Teag, Toone, Shandy, Bolivar, Hickery Valley, Temper, Grand Junction, Michigan City, Hudsonville, Holly Springs, etc...

February 14, 2012

Success in 7 Short Steps

People who succeed in their jobs and in life are typically blessed with a special blend of four qualities: efficacy (self-confidence), resilience, hope and optimism.

February 14, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

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