My Unfinished Business

Just back from vacationing with my family in Oregon. I needed to get away from a year’s Covid isolation and squeeze some real flesh. I had a fleeting concern that with my wife and my physical limitations whether I could handle some unforeseen circumstances or...

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Olympic Truth Telling

When Simone Biles, the greatest gymnast her sport has ever seen, dropped out of competition in the middle of these Olympic Games, I was momentarily stunned. It wasn’t just the announcement, but the timing of it. I mean smack dab in the middle of the competition she...

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The Most Important Gift

This is the monsoon season in Arizona, when the winds shift bringing moist air from the Gulf of Mexico that create thunderstorms, lightning, fires, and flash floods. We just had a huge storm last week with winds approaching 70 mph that blew down structures, trees and...

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God, Science, and Spiritual Healing

Scientific American recently published an article (June 15, 2021) by David Rosmarin PhD, the Director of the Spirituality and Mental Health at McLean Hospital in Boston, in which he concludes that belief in God is associated with better treatment outcomes for acute...

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Taps Across America

Hello Relatives: This Memorial Day will not feature parades or large gatherings. However, momentum has been building to honor this solemn day Taps Across America has been asking buglers and trumpet players all over the Country to play the haunting music of “Taps” on...

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I’m Too Sexy for This Byte

I just celebrated my birthday, and it was of those storied happenings destined to become a family legend. We gathered at my daughter’s house for a scrumptious brunch which began with Mimosas, on to the garlic bagels with smoked whitefish, and finished with NY...

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Help Hoist This Flag

For almost 40-years I have walked the transformative journey from doctor to healer with my friend, colleague, and co-author, Dr. Howard Silverman. He has also incorporated rituals, ceremonies, humanitarian clowning/improvisational principles in his clinical work. He...

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Inauguration and Super Bowl as Healing Rituals

The unprecedented assault on democracy when rioters invaded the Capitol urged on by Trump’s incendiary exhortations, left me so wounded and dispirited I thought we may never close the gap that divides us as a Nation. Two weeks later the Inauguration of a new President...

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Holiday Magic and Miracles

The current turmoil of politics and pandemic has left my spirit lagging. I needed to take a break from these demoralizing times, and when my dear friend George invited me to go camping for a few days, I leapt at the opportunity. He has an exquisitely outfitted RV,...

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Heartache and Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving time is a difficult for our family. Two years ago, over this holiday we lost our 21-year-old granddaughter/daughter/ niece/cousin to a fatal anaphylactic reaction to a peanut allergy. This unspeakable tragedy has been the greatest trauma ever to befall...

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