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October 19, 2015

 

I just had a birthday. Not a “big” birthday, not one that ends in 0 or 5. Not a birthday that I consciously thought about before it arrived, or particularly looked forward to or dreaded. Still, birthdays mark another period of time gone by, and even more, they are an opening into the time to come. My husband and daughter were lovely to me, taking me out, making me dinner, and my son called the day before from Korea, where it...

January 30, 2015

There are many traditional times for beginnings. Mine has come at the New Year, 2015, coincident with moving into my new office.

 

It came about because my old office was on the second floor with no elevator. When I began to offer groups, A Change of Mind: Neuroplastic Tools for Healing (formerly Tools for Healing), I was able to use ground-level disability-accessible rooms, but only through 2014.

 

Skipping over the trials of fin...

September 26, 2013

I was thinking about healing on Yom Kippur, a holy day of reflection that comes every year in the fall, a time for evaluation of our experience and actions in the past year and redirection, hope and personal dedication for the coming year. We do this as a community during services, in which we collectively take responsibility for the past and the future. It is an acknowledgement that we do not really live alone, isolated from...

September 18, 2013

Note: For latest information about Medical Counseling's groups, see the group information page.

 


I am very excited about the “Tools for Healing” groups that my associate, Dr. Jan Chambers, and I have created to help people who live with illness, pain, anxiety, or medical conditions. Our new sessions begin next week, and we are offering Monday evening and Tuesday morning groups to accommodate different needs.

 

In these 8 session...

July 22, 2013

The killing of Trayvon Martin was not an isolated incident of violence.

On the 8th day of January, my daughter told me that a 17-year-old boy, known by most of her friends, had been shot and killed a few days before in Oakland. She said that this was the second death in her peer group since the beginning of the New Year just 8 days earlier.

Two months ago my daughter’s friend called her at 3 a.m. to tell her that there had b...

July 5, 2013

Last night I sat with my family around the table, already hearing sounds of firecrackers. The conversation wound its way to focus on who lives here, in the United States, and in what conditions. My daughter pointed out that there is a huge immigrant population, and many are living in poverty. Both my son and daughter went on to talk about poverty, in the United States and in the world, with the statistic that 80% of people in...

May 12, 2013

This week my youngest brother and his son arrived from Florida. They were here primarily to visit my 86 year old mother, who recently declared “I’m not getting any younger” and demanded that my brother and, separately, my sister, come visit and spend time alone with her. Steven picked up Jono and his son Charlie from the airport and brought them to our house, and my mother arrived about an hour later via her helper. As she car...

May 8, 2013

I have had a “dry spell” in my writing – a time when my metaphoric pen ran out of ink, and I couldn’t replenish it. My ideas were all focused on family needs and transitions, my counseling practice, and more recently, learning the personally and professionally exciting field of neuroplasticity, how the brain changes itself, and how that can be applied to eliminating persistent pain.

 

Now my thoughts and desires turn, again...

September 26, 2012

This is the time of year when, in the Jewish tradition, our lives are examined. We bring the previous year to mind in order to find its truth. What is the truth about myself? Were my words and actions what I meant them to be last year at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, when I made resolutions for the New Year? Were there times my words were not as kind and compassionate, as patient as I wanted them to be (ask my teenage daughter...

June 29, 2012

 

“Star light, star bright,

First star I see tonight,

I wish I may, I wish I might

Have the wish I wish tonight.”

 

Tonight I wished upon a star, the first that caught my eye when I looked up into the night sky. I recited the verse, long cached in the storage closet of memory, with the ease of repetition, and felt a sense of relief. The worry that had prompted this particular wish was alleviated, at least for now.

 

We wish on stars,...

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