Five Courageous Women, Five Personal Stories, Five Documentary Films
Friday December 1, 2017

Five Courageous Women, Five Personal Stories, Five Documentary Films

1 in 4. That’s the statistic for how many of us will have a mental illness over the course of our lifetimes – sometimes fleeting, sometimes enduring, always significant. At that rate, if it’s not ourselves, it will be a parent, sibling, partner, child, friend or colleague. Some of us will carry the diagnosis and […]

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Thanksgiving is about Community; Community is about Mental Health
Friday November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving is about Community; Community is about Mental Health

From the Pilgrims and American Indians to our present-day gatherings of family and friends, Thanksgiving has always ultimately been about community. And community is at the heart of what elevates the human condition. As we celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, I was humbled by the joyful gathering of four generations at my home – from three grandparents […]

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More than a Bowl of Soup
Friday November 17, 2017

More than a Bowl of Soup

I love Thanksgiving. I love the colors of fall, the crisp air and blue skies, and the Macy’s Day Parade – for which I will be a garden gnome this year in case you are watching!  I love that it is always on a Thursday, turning a workday into a holiday into a long-weekend every […]

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#FearlessSquad
Friday November 10, 2017

#FearlessSquad

Earthquakes, mass shootings, Zika virus… The world can feel like a pretty scary place sometimes, especially when we are feeling vulnerable in our personal lives. In fact, we are hardwired to experience fear, and if we didn’t know fear, we would be in serious trouble (same with pain). When does fear serve us? And when […]

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Rescue
Friday November 3, 2017

Rescue

Last night was the annual gala for the International Rescue Committee (IRC). It was a grand but bittersweet celebration. I was inspired by refugees who shared their stories of forging on and creating new lives with IRC support. I was also humbled by the enormity of the humanitarian crises around the world. Over 65 million […]

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Born to Be Wild
Friday October 27, 2017

Born to Be Wild

Get your motor runnin’ | Head out on the highway | Lookin’ for adventure | And whatever comes our way …  I am a pop culture midget and even I know this song by Steppenwolf. What makes this sixties classic so compelling? What is it about the idea that we are born to be wild that […]

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#MeToo
Friday October 20, 2017

#MeToo

Hollywood mega-mogul Harvey Weinstein made headlines this week. Not for another great film. No, this time we are watching a documentary in the making. Weinstein’s decades-long story of sexually exploitative and violent behavior against women is spewing from every media platform available. Weinstein conducted no auditions because he needed no other actors for this story. […]

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Mental Health in the Workplace
Friday October 13, 2017

Mental Health in the Workplace

From the basement work cubicle to the c-suite corner office, mental health problems are everywhere in the workplace. Hiding in plain sight, people generally suffer in secrecy and in silence. This past Tuesday, October 10th, was World Mental Health Day 2017 – and its focus this year was on mental health in the workplace – clearly an idea […]

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Las Vegas: 58/489
Friday October 6, 2017

Las Vegas: 58/489

The massacre that occurred in Las Vegas on Sunday evening at the Route 91 Harvest Festival killed 58 people and injured 489 others. In and of itself, it is tragic. Placed in the larger context of violence in America, it is even more tragic. These instances trigger heated debates and finger pointing around gun control […]

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Shared Roots
Friday September 29, 2017

Shared Roots

Coinciding with the setting of the sun tonight, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar begins: Yom Kippur. It is a day of fasting, reflection and introspection. Metaphorically, within a 24 hour period, the gates will open or close and after fervent prayer, it will be decided who shall live and who shall die in […]

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