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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Michael Bloomberg Named WHO Ambassador
Friday August 26, 2016

Michael Bloomberg Named WHO Ambassador

Dear Mr. Bloomberg: Congratulations on your recent appointment as Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases for the World Health Organization.  You have proven yourself a global citizen extraordinaire through you industry leadership, public service and philanthropy.  As you sign on to work with political leaders around the globe to find solutions to the burden of non-communicable diseases – things […]

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Summer at the Seashore
Friday August 19, 2016

Summer at the Seashore

In the northern hemisphere we are in the homestretch of less structured days, flip flops and fireflies before the start of school bus pickups and corduroys. Up and down the coasts, beaches are chock full of vacationers.  Why is the seashore such a draw for summer holiday?  What is it about a walk along the beach, a […]

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Going for the Gold
Friday August 12, 2016

Going for the Gold

Arriving in Rio for the 2016 Olympics is a dream come true for thousands of athletes from around the world. We can see in their smiles and tears the culmination of years of intense dedication and are awed by their athleticism. Their stories also have something to say about the intimate link between physical and […]

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It’s all fun and games until…
Monday August 8, 2016

It’s all fun and games until…

It’s all fun and games until… it’s an addiction: Two weeks ago I wrote about Pokemon Go, the global blockbuster interactive-reality game being played by millions, myself included. I heard from a number of you, saying: “Play is great, but what happens when play becomes a problem? My kid is addicted to gaming.” You are […]

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Pokemon Go!
Friday July 22, 2016

Pokemon Go!

Pokemon Go!: has taken the world by storm and brought a little magic into our lives. “Oh, really?” “How silly!”  Searching for a Jigglypuff, Pollywhirl, Charmander or taking a detour to work to pass by a PokeStop is viewed by some as downright ridiculous.  But Pokemon Go is now available in more than 30 countries, and […]

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