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Old Fashioned Letters and Ponderosa Pines: Musings on Time and Communication

Letters disperse thoughts and emotions through time, as well as space.

When Competition Stifles Innovation

By Jonathan Fields on July 05, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
Competition, it's said, is good. Especially for innovation. True, up to a point. But, there's a problem with leaning too heavily on competition as a core driver of innovation. Which is that you unwittingly risk capping your own willingness to birth genius at whatever level your closest competitor gives in at.

Be Prepared: The First Therapy Session

To feel prepared, we need to give up what we have learned, and connect with the client—bravely and honestly, without knowing exactly what is going to happen.

Air Pollution Is Bad for Your Brain

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on July 05, 2011 in Brain Sense
New research from Ohio State University suggests that air pollution may cause learning and memory problems--even depression!

Why Johnny Can’t Read Writin’

In the old days of limited literacy, some people’s schooling ended before they learned cursive. They would apologize for their limitation by saying, “I can read readin’ but I can’t read writin’.” Apparently, increasing numbers of elementary schools feel that printing is good enough, and no longer teach handwriting.

Women Over 30 vs. Men Over 30

One account of a wedding in England between a lord and a woman nearly forty years his junior, for example, was announced in the "London Times" with a mention of the fact that "The bridegroom's gift to the bride was an antique pendant."

Interview with Dawn Tripp: Game of Secrets

By Jennifer Haupt on July 05, 2011 in One True Thing
Literary mystery about family secrets, lost love, and Scrabble.

Love Is Not a Game

By Mari Ruti on July 05, 2011 in The Juicy Bits
I can't think of anything less likely to produce a good love-life than the belief that your partner is an "opponent" to be defeated. It may be fun to watch Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie try to outwit each other in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but real love is not military-style combat, it's sharing the top-secret dossier of who you truly are.

4 Qualities of Mind that Alleviate Suffering

The four sublime mental states are qualities of mind that we cultivate in order to alleviate the suffering we experience in everyday life and to feel more connected to others—to the worries and fears we all share. In the language of the Buddha (Pali), they are called the brahma viharas, which means "the dwelling place of awakened beings."

The Doctor-Patient Relationship: Part One

By Lissa Rankin M.D. on July 05, 2011 in Owning Pink
When I was training to become a physician, the rules of the broken, outdated, patriarchal medical system were made clear to me.

Creativity and the Fear of "Putting Yourself Out There"

I hear often from readers who want to flex their creative muscles, but are held back by the fear of “putting themselves out there.” Maybe you fear others judging you, and your work. Or you’re uncomfortable with self-promotion. Or perhaps you’re afraid of failure, or of success. Here are seven ideas to help you power through these disabling emotions.

Who Decides How Much Online Information is Too Much?

As each detail of a new sex scandal appears in online reporting, we may wonder when we've reached the point of "TMI." But when does responsible reporting cross the line to censorship?

Freddie the Freeloader and Minnie the Moocher

Why do more and more adults refuse to grow up while remaining dependent on their parents?

Can My Dog Make Me Healthier?

Recent research shows that dogs can improve your health, reduce stress, make heart problems less likely, and perhaps keep you alive longer.

Married with Children No Matter What

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on July 05, 2011 in Love, Inc
Experts say we should stay married no matter what for the kids. So did my mother. They were both wrong.

Cyberspace Betrayal

Is sexual betrayal more upsetting when it's discovered virtually? Does electronic capability encourage infidelity? What is considered infidelity in online behavior? Every therapist is dealing with these troubling questions every week in her office as online contact increases with new forms and new capacities.

Anti-Social Networking

By Tyger Latham Psy.D. on July 05, 2011 in Therapy Matters
Do social networking sites like Facebook impede our ability to form and maintain genuine relationships with one another? According to one report commissioned by the Jed Foundation, the effects of being constantly online may be actually negatively impacting colleges students. Click here to...

Life as a Widow: How Can I Attend My Son's Wedding Alone?

I am a 60-year-old widow; my husband passed away in 2006. My son and his partner are getting married in three months. They've paid my airfare so I can be at the wedding but because it's so expensive, no one else from my family can attend and I'll be there alone

Loving Others Without Loving Yourself: A Reconsideration

I've had reason lately to reconsider my old post doubting the importance of loving yourself before you can love others--I'm still not convinced in general, but I do think there are some cases of self-loathing that do make it difficult to love another person completely...

Mixed Races Lead to Confusion

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on July 05, 2011 in Am I Right?
It's time to use income, not race, as basis of affirmative action.

Can Nostalgic Advertising Re-Write Your Childhood Memories?

By Julie Sedivy Ph.D. on July 05, 2011 in Sold on Language
Our unreliable trips down memory lane suggest that advertisers have much to gain from tweaking our reminiscences.

How Do You Compliment a Beautiful Person?

By Donna Barstow on July 04, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
A cartoon about the beautiful birds and the bees. Beauty is in the birdseye of the beholder.