At the end of WW II, when the Allies pushed through the German lines into Paris, the Nazi Governor was to give the order to blow up the city. What happened that he did not? How was his mind changed?
It has been said that the measure of a society is its humane attention to the sick and vulnerable. When real reform, transformation, comes to mental health and addiction services we will meet that moral and ethical standard – and we will be able to serve so many in need.
La France aux Français (France for the French)?
Mais non – not in The Hundred-Foot Journey!
La France is for tout le monde, or so we can feel - though only after we also make a 100 foot journey into the community of mankind.
Wilson, a renown cartoonist, was born dead in the American mid-west in 1930. A pediatrician happened on him before he was placed in a casket and held him under cold water until he revived. It seems as if he has spent a lifetime embodying this moment as metaphor in his dark, shocking, and ultimately life affirming art.
“How can I help?” asks Stephen Grosz as he receives a new patient in his psychoanalytic office in London. The subjects unearthed for the reader include envy, loss, hate, boredom, winning (as losing), making contact and being present, pain, negativity, betrayal, gratitude, and wanting the impossible–to mention a few. Read More
Privacy and Liberty have become covenants in American law - abiding agreements meant to protect individuals and communities from the intrusions of government. They also have become, as many a family and community will attest, inadvertent impediments to the very safety they purport to secure. Read More
Privacy and Liberty. These have become covenants in American law - abiding agreements meant to protect individuals and communities from the intrusions of government. They also have become, as many a family and community will attest, inadvertent impediments to the very safety they purport to secure. Read More
"Si se puede!" Yes we can! Cesar Chavez asserts to a restive crowd of California migrant workers whose hope has worn too thin. Chavez has to keep their spirit and a movement alive that will deliver them from fear, child labor, inability to read and write, and the $2 a day in wages that are breeding another generation of shame, suffering, and early death. Read More
We can witness success in theatre if just before the applause there is a moment of silence: that signifies that the actors and audience have touched one another, and want to go further. It is the endless trajectory of a mounting scale of “quality” that delivers the gratifying experience of a play well done or a life well lived.
How might we seek, no less obtain, a faith in forces greater than ourselves in a post-modern world where the commercialization of just about everything, scientism (science as faith), and media and celebrity inundation barrage our thinking and values?
The second season of House of Cards has just been released. Not a weekly ration but the entire season up for continuous viewing on our varied wireless and cable devices—the only limits being the viewer's appetite for this dark, fatalistic (but bloodless) tale of power as well as any human need for sleep or to satisfy other natural functions. Read More
This crisp, clear and easily digestible book begins by first showing how the USA is at the top of 32 developed nations in its health care spending as a % of GDP (50% more or greater) yet largely sits in the cellar when it comes to life expectancy, maternal mortality, low birth weight and infant mortality.
Philip Seymour Hoffman's stunning portrayals of a wide range of troubled characters vividly lingers in the minds of countless movie goers. He reportedly was found with a syringe in his arm and packets of presumably what is heroin scattered about his West Village apartment. Read More
How do families impart codes of conduct to their next generation, on remote Iceland as well as in America, Europe, and throughout a diverse world? Why do terror and violence play such a prominent role? Read More
Pope Francis opened his arms and that of the Catholic Church to people regardless of their faith, gender, sexual preferences, or past behaviors. This man, this new pope, welcomed everyone; he was relentlessly positive and compared the Church to a field hospital during war, which when faced with “a seriously injured person…you have to heal his wounds.”
As the debate about improving health in the United States wages on, it turns out that only 10% of our health status and longevity, experts declare, derives from health care.
What else determines our health and what can we do about it? Read More
The incentives to promote wide use of drugs, and many other agents, are huge. That means either the government or consumers, namely patients and families, are necessary checks against improper practices. Read More
Clinical situations that end up in crisis predictably evoke responses aimed to ensure community safety, which include commitment and police intervention; when that happens a ‘nobody wins’ situation generally ensues. Read More