Separate but (Not) Equal
Friday November 4, 2016

Separate but (Not) Equal

“She is still really sick; they can’t send her home…,” a desperate mom said to me by phone last week. Her daughter has anorexia nervosa. She has spent four days in inpatient treatment. Now her insurance company was ready to send her home. At 5’5″, this 17-year-old girl weighed 72 lbs and was still highly […]

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Painkillers are Killing Us
Friday October 28, 2016

Painkillers are Killing Us

This week, John Oliver featured Opioid addiction on his Emmy Award winning, Last Week Tonight. The story, which got lots of Twitter love, brought to light how prescribing practices and pharmaceutical advertising have contributed to the current opioid epidemic. Pharmaceutical companies have paid more than $634 million in damages for misleading marketing. But the opioid […]

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#NotOkay: Sobering Stats on Sexual Violence
Friday October 21, 2016

#NotOkay: Sobering Stats on Sexual Violence

In the days after The Washington Post released audio of a United States presidential candidate boasting about behavior that most agree went far beyond “locker room talk,” millions of sexual assault survivors have been sharing their stories – 27 million in the first three days. Their message? #NotOkay. Sexual violence robs us all – men and […]

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Bees!
Friday October 14, 2016

Bees!

The Appius melliferous, commonly known as the honeybee, has been disappearing in recent years. Reports of colony collapse disorder have set off alarms around the globe, prompting a movement in backyard beekeeping. After years of watching and wishing, I became a beekeeper this spring with the arrival of two hives in April. Wow, or, in […]

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Everest is Not the Only Mountain to Climb in Nepal
Friday October 7, 2016

Everest is Not the Only Mountain to Climb in Nepal

Home to the Himalayas, Nepal is a mecca for trekking and mountain climbing. And even if you don’t dream of summiting Everest at 8,848 m (29,029 ft), there’s a good chance that visiting Nepal is on your bucket list. Last week, Dr. Bibhav Acharya brought a bit of Nepal to New York. His home country […]

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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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