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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That Way Madness Lies...
Friday June 2, 2017

That Way Madness Lies...

Shakespeare was the master of tragedy. And King Lear is the quintessential tragic hero. Driven to madness by a cosmic collision of errors and misfortune, King Lear laments, “O, that way madness lies; let me shun that; No more of that.” Yes, noble men can succumb to insanity. So can noble institutions. And so it […]

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Molly, my alma mater and ending the war on drugs
Friday May 26, 2017

Molly, my alma mater and ending the war on drugs

My sister-in-law, Molly, would have turned 50 this month were it not for the fact that she died of an accidental drug overdose 20 years ago. Long before people were talking about the “opioid epidemic,” Molly got addicted to pain medication and ultimately the drugs that she took to kill her pain killed her. Last […]

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False Dichotomies
Friday May 19, 2017

False Dichotomies

William of Ockham was a 14th century Franciscan friar and scholar credited with establishing that scientific models should prioritize simplicity and parsimony when trying to understand the complex world in which we live. This principle, referred to as Occam’s Razor, remains an important heuristic scientific principle to this day – simpler is better. BUT… we […]

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