Lenore Skenazy allowed her nine-year-old son to ride home on the New York City subway, by himself, and it caused an outrage. People around the world literally flipped out about her decision. She became something of a celebrity and villain all the same time, which she documents in her blog and book, Free Range Kids: … More Which Risk Will You Take?
You might have been expecting Part 2 of the series on the Shadowy Side of Smartphones. As I’ve been writing it this past two weeks, I discovered there’s an enormous amount to be said, and I’m not sure a series of blog posts can do it justice. Maybe it’s a book I need to write? … More Can a Vacation Save Your Life?
I panicked on my way to work a few mornings ago, and it wasn’t because I crossed paths with the skunks that are terrorizing my neighborhood. My phone wasn’t in my pocket – which meant I didn’t have it – and I had to make a quick decision. Should I ease my anxiety by returning … More Why Your Smartphone Might Be Your Best Friend And Worst Enemy At The Same Time.
I’ve said some rather unhelpful things in my work as a therapist over the years. After fourteen years on the job, you’d think I’d know better. Actually, I often do understand that I shouldn’t say certain things to people who are suffering, but I manage to hear them coming out of my mouth regardless. Such … More Why do we say hurtful things to people who are suffering?
“I believe in the sun even when it is not shining And I believe in love, even when there’s no one there. And I believe in God, even when he is silent.” -Found on the wall of a German concentration camp I went hiking in the rainforest recently, and what I learned is that the … More Is Hope Absurd?
when Jimmy Kimmel stood in front of his audience and tearfully lamented the Las Vegas Massacre, he was doing something very significant in keeping the world a humane place. … More A World Made Numb
What seems clearest to me in recent weeks is that telling the story (or perhaps yelling the story) of climate change and the peril of our planet is not producing the needed results. And by that I mean, it’s not just convincing the aggressive deniers like Donald Trump, it’s also failing to change in deeply meaningful ways, ordinary folk like you and I who drag our recycling bins to the curb each week but still have an awfully large carbon footprint. … More Why Hurricanes Don’t Change People’s Minds
Your exhaustion is not the enemy. Being tired is not a failure on your part. Fatigue, in spite of the fact that your “to-do” list got longer rather than shorter today, is not proof of your insufficiency. It may sound a little crazy, but exhaustion can be a really good thing. … More Your Exhaustion Is Not The Enemy
I’m sure I’m not the only one that wants to cry at the end of a vacation. Sometimes it feels like you’re literally leaving happiness behind you. As you drive away, you think you can see bliss disappearing in the rear-view mirror. For me, ecstasy seems to be located at the beach. As we soak … More Good News! Happiness is Portable
Once upon a time there was a smug graduate student in psychology who decided to rid himself of the word “lazy”. Not by refraining from being lazy mind you, just by getting rid of the word. If it was 1985 and we still were using paper dictionaries, I would have cut that page out. At … More Mis-using “Lazy”