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  • Facebook: Lessons Learned

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    Everyone’s spouse is a soulmate and everyone’s children and grandchildren are violinists with hearts of gold. Deal with it. People who die become guardian angels. Just because you want to reach out to old boyfriends, doesn’t mean they want to… Read More ›

  • Accoutrement

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    My name is X and I am an accessory addict, a lover of furnishings, tools, rigging, trappings…all paraphernalia. Ruefully, I admit that pursuing new activities is often not as rewarding for me as investigating, ordering, buying and stockpiling all the… Read More ›

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    I am obsessed by cherry blossoms, or rather, the feelings inspired by their fragile beauty. It’s a sort of bitter-sweet acknowledgment that this beauty comes infrequently and is painfully ephemeral.  The Japanese word, aware, captures the feeling of poignant, fleeting… Read More ›

  • Understanding the Righteous Mind


    In this election year I have to remember to tread carefully with friends and even family members when it comes to politics. I have been astonished and dismayed in the past to discover that a loved one disagrees with my… Read More ›

  • Back to the Future with Marie Kondo

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      At age eight, when I acquired a new item of clothing, I would introduce the new dress or sweater or pair of pants to the other items in my closet. “Everybody, this is my new blue checked dress with… Read More ›

  • Calisthenics for the Brain


    It used to be a snap to memorize poetry: read, look away, and recite. I would do this a few times…and the job was done. I can still recite those poems I chose to (or was forced to) memorize 50+… Read More ›

  • Hormesis

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    Hormesis- Not a term you hear every day, unless you happen to live with a biostatistician who specializes in toxicology. Hormesis is a biological phenomenon whereby a beneficial effect results from exposure to low doses of an agent that is… Read More ›

  • Push Not Shove

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    I have never met Cass Sunstein, (economist, professor, former administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs during Obama’s first term) or his research partner, Richard Thaler but I am eternally grateful to them for their theory of “the… Read More ›

  • Philanthropy 2016


    “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or tinkling cymbal…And now stays faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”- American King… Read More ›


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