Our eyes, gestures, and tone bring us together in a more profound way than words alone. It’s why we look hopefully toward the return of in-person, face-to-face connection.
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Looking at life through a glass half full.
Lockdowns left Italians the loneliest, Germans the least worried, French the least stressed, and those in the U.S. with the biggest health decline and loss of medicines.
The lack of a good map to guide us is one of the biggest problems facing us with the COVID-19 quarantine. We have no agreed-upon plan for where to go from here or how to get there.
While the storyline is different now, I am faced with that same sense of fear, anxiety, and stress, all tucked into the overarching theme of grief.
The garden is the prayer Dad left behind, the alleluia of nature. It's a prayer of thanks and of celebration, his way of talking to God and leaving a transcript behind.
Americans increasingly express fear for themselves, their planet, their families, and their future because of the climate crisis.
I have earned my fear and I no longer deny it nor apologize for it. I grieve the loss of our forests, but more importantly, I grieve the loss of faith in the future.
The design of a labyrinth is essentially a metaphor for meditation: focus on the path, stay the course, be in the moment. Your reward: finding your center. Photo by Tony Collins
A climate science skeptic is, at best, a contradiction, given that 97 percent of scientists accept that the climate is changing because of human activity.
The three families who walked onto our porch that Sunday afternoon and rang our doorbell are, to me, what America is all about.
Journalists are often among the first on the scene of the violent event. Unlike public safety professionals, though, they have little experience in facing trauma.
Taking at least three classes at a time, thus learning multiple things at once, can turn older adults' cognitive clock back by as much to 30 years.
Want to give up smoking? Junk food? Curb your alcohol? Use the most natural of treatments: nature itself.
Black women who get breast cancer are 2.3 times more likely to get triple-negative breast cancer than white women.
We may be hard wired to respond, but we can learn nuances and more sophisticated behavior. We can learn distinctions in other races just as we have learned them in our own.
Music is a good thing, but like all noises, it needs to be managed. Too much makes us edgy and want to leave the store.
"It’s not that we are fooled, but that we want to believe in the integrity of evidence that images and audio provide as documentation of an event."
Three Pines feels solid and true, an enviable combination in a brittle world.
Listening to music at home can reduce the severity of symptoms, the intensity of pain, and fatigue.
Psychiatrists are increasingly seeing people who are in "despair, even panic."
The bird poop pictures have no political message or affiliation, no divisive message, no judgment, no "my-life-is-much-grander-than-yours" subtext.
Human DNA can change based on early trauma, as was the case with Audrey Hepburn and childhood starvation. Is the same true for one of nature's biggest organisms?
We need a new humanities of climate change, says David Wallace-Wells. The humanities, including religion, are largely based on the power of the word. We can use that power.
Climate scientists and journalists must stop avoiding fear-based appeal. If we have any hope of keeping warming between 2 and 3 degrees, we need "catastrophic thinking."
Stanford social psychologists provide evidence that a caring attitude, including smiling, making eye contract, and offering encouragement, can actually help patients heal.
Breast cancer treatment often leaves women with pain, fatigue, poor sleep, depression, and anxiety. Acupressure can help, without additional side effects.
Focusing on the big, bad, hairy, scary future keeps us from enjoying the splash we can make right here, right now.
The sun has to work especially hard on a cold evening, which makes its light feel that much warmer.
Climate change should be no more political than cancer. Both are science-based, treatable, serious health threats. Neither looks at your political affiliation before striking.
Maybe I won’t end up as one of the stronger trees in the forest. Maybe disease might slow me, but I feel I am rooted deeply in decent soil.
Relax with nature.
Patricia Prijatel is the E.T. Meredith Distinguished Professor Emerita at Drake University.