Author Archives

  • 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

      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

    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

    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 ›

  • Checking Your Privilege

    When I first heard the phrase “Check your privilege,” I thought it was an extension of the concept of mindfulness; that is, we should be grateful for life’s gifts and take nothing for granted. But I soon discovered that this… Read More ›

  • The Resume Story

    To reference the Kaufmann Foundation (2008), nearly 20% of all small businesses are started by people who are 55+. Boomers apparently like the idea of leaving their old jobs behind and starting a business that either capitalizes on what they… Read More ›

  • Bach Settles the Mind

    As I edge gingerly through my sixties, I have developed a new fondness for the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Classical music and I have always had a pleasant but distant relationship. But I now find that baroque music and… Read More ›

  • What You Learn in Your Sixties

    A piece called “What You Learn in Your 40’s” appeared in the “Op-Ed” section of the Sunday Times this weekend. I decided that it was only fitting that I make my own list of “What You Learn in Your 60’s”… Read More ›