I've Made Up My Mind...
Friday September 30, 2016

I've Made Up My Mind...

This week, joining more than 84 million viewers worldwide, I watched Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for their first US presidential debate. My purported rationale for tuning in? To learn more about the candidates’ platforms. The truth? Like almost everyone else, I had made up my mind long before and really had no […]

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Born to Run
Friday September 23, 2016

Born to Run

It has been quite a week for mental health – from the Emmys to the UN General Assembly to the release of Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, Born to Run. Important mental health issues and milestones abound, and the lyrics of Springsteen’s signature song, “Born to Run,” (also the title of his book) are prescient and poetic headings […]

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Why Cry?
Friday September 16, 2016

Why Cry?

It happened last week. I was doing just fine and then I had a very difficult conversation. First my voice cracked, then the tears started. Not one of those big, snotty cries laced with gasps for breath, but there were plenty of soggy tissues coupled with those telltale red rings around my eyes. Why was […]

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Remembering 9/11... and Other Memorials
Friday September 9, 2016

Remembering 9/11... and Other Memorials

Everyone old enough to remember, remembers exactly where they were 15 years ago on September 11th when planes came crashing into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.  I was living in Japan and heard about the first plane crash in time to witness the second plane crash, from 10,000 km away, broadcast live […]

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Whistle While You Work
Friday September 2, 2016

Whistle While You Work

This Monday is Labor Day in the United States. Marking the unofficial end of summer, it makes for a long weekend and serves as the last hurrah for backyard BBQs. But its real purpose, when it was designated as a federal holiday in 1894, was to recognize the American Labor Movement and improvements in working conditions. Working […]

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