Mentally Ill in Ancient Rome
Friday August 11, 2017

Mentally Ill in Ancient Rome

In the 1953 romantic comedy, Roman Holiday, Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck fall crazy in love with each other and with Rome. They take us on a magical escapade from Trevi Fountain to the Mouth of Truth and the Coliseum. But you don’t have to be a disaffected princess to be awed by Rome. Even […]

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Soldier On?
Friday August 4, 2017

Soldier On?

When Senator John McCain’s office announced last week that he has brain cancer, politicians on both sides of the aisle cheered him on with battle cries extolling his fighting spirit and hailing his prospects for winning the war against his disease. Personal agency certainly influences healing. But as Jean Hannah Edelstein argues, the ‘warrior metaphor’ can be trouble when it comes to health. […]

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Suntanning and Mental Health
Friday July 28, 2017

Suntanning and Mental Health

What can suntanning teach us about our brains and addiction? I was at the dermatologist this week. “Sun damage,” she said with that somber look of authority that was designed to get me to stay out of the sun and walk in the shade. “You don’t need the sun for vitamin D. And too much […]

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Columbia Students Go Global
Friday July 21, 2017

Columbia Students Go Global

Today’s news is replete with lamentations about how Millennials are destroying the good life – from golf to NFL to paper napkins. They are even accused of ruining vacation, Great Britain and sex. I don’t know who the reporters are talking to, but I can assure you they are not talking to my students. One of the absolute […]

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Memory Making and Erasing
Friday July 14, 2017

Memory Making and Erasing

“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.”  – Gabriel García Márquez Every day experiences accumulate to make up the memories that define who we are and what we call our lives. We live, we remember, we make meaning. Generally we think remembering is good, […]

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Stewardship, the G20 & Honey Bees
Friday July 7, 2017

Stewardship, the G20 & Honey Bees

Stewardship is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the activity or job of protecting and being responsible for something.” With more than 20 heads of state and government in Hamburg for the G20 Summit, the world is depending on these political leaders to act as stewards for the public good. Resilience, sustainability and responsibility are the guiding […]

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Your Words Matter
Friday June 30, 2017

Your Words Matter

Dear Mr. President: Your words matter, and your words trouble me. It is true that sometimes people say things without thinking. We have all blurted out words that we wish we could take back. But, Mr. President, do you not realize that calling Mika Brzezinski “crazy” and Joe Scarborough “psycho,” leaves people scratching their heads […]

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Restaurant of Order Mistakes & other ideas with dementia in mind
Friday June 23, 2017

Restaurant of Order Mistakes & other ideas with dementia in mind

Today is my dad’s 85th birthday. Of course, he wishes his golf game were better, and we wish he would wear his hearing aids more regularly, but all in all, life is good for this kid from the Bronx, and we will celebrate with extended family in Italy this summer. But aging is not for […]

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What is Your Domino?
Friday June 16, 2017

What is Your Domino?

A brutal civil war in South Sudan has over 3 million people on the run according to David Milliband, president of the International Rescue Committee. In Yemen, a cholera outbreak puts many more are at risk. The resilience demonstrated by impacted individuals is inspiring. At the same time, these humanitarian crises are associated with upsurges […]

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Nike.
Friday June 9, 2017

Nike.

Part Belgian Malinois, part Rhodesian Ridgeback, all Rescue. Nike came to us cowering, quivering, and showing behaviors of an abused and abandoned pup. Now more than two years later, she is a loyal spirit who in a nanosecond can go from twitching her hind leg as she chases squirrels in her sleep to unbridled exuberance […]

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