A CURE FOR VIOLENCE

Daniel Yankelovich, who passed away at the age of 92 in 2017, was a leading interpreter of trends shaping American and global societies and economies. His firm, Viewpoint Learning, Inc. teaches organizations how to foster new forms of leadership through dialogue rather than debate. In debate, he explained, one assumes that there is a right … Continue reading A CURE FOR VIOLENCE

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THE MATTRESS AND THE PEA

My husband and I and our mattress finally and literally caved in, and we were forced to abandon the plush pillow-top 17 inch mattress purchased 13 years ago that provided me with countless hours of REM sleep and incredibly pleasant dreams. Strangely, my husband’s side caved in prematurely which provided me the temporary pleasure of … Continue reading THE MATTRESS AND THE PEA

DISEASE: A CURE FOR THE SPIRIT

Pretty insane to use oxymorons in a title -- not really. Disease termite-dug its way into my young being, threatening my extinction. Disease gnawed at my organs and wracked my brain with high fevers.  I was left only with my spirit, which relentlessly rose, preparing to wage a battle my parents wished they could fight … Continue reading DISEASE: A CURE FOR THE SPIRIT

TEENAGER OR ADULT – IT’S ALL THE SAME EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER!

As a novice blogger, I began experiencing extreme depression and anxiety brought on by my narrow readership of only 12 followers.  Mind you, such feelings are rare for me.  I have spent countless hours dialoguing with and counseling students in my Psychology classes about the devastating psychological and sociological impact of social media on their … Continue reading TEENAGER OR ADULT – IT’S ALL THE SAME EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER!

NEUROTRANSMITTERS: OUR HEROES

One of my most mind and life changing experiences occurred completely innocuously in my college physiological psychology class, when I first learned about synapses.  “Aha” I exclaimed silently, away from the earshot of my fellow students.  This was indeed the biological and even sociological secret of the ages – the empty space between neurons where … Continue reading NEUROTRANSMITTERS: OUR HEROES

ADAM SMITH’S PHILOSOPHY REDIRECTED

Every high school history and economics teacher is tasked to introduce Adam Smith’s essential teachings to their mostly yawning students which essentially states that if man (his words) is unfettered to pursue his own self-interests, the interests of society will be met.  The invisible hand and all that.  Really?  Haven’t we had enough of a … Continue reading ADAM SMITH’S PHILOSOPHY REDIRECTED