I Have a Dream

August 28, 1963, standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr delivered his legendary "I have a dream" speech at the "March on Washington" This past Monday we celebrated MLK Day,... Read More

One Year Old

My great nephew, Ethan, turned one yesterday and we are celebrating at Disney World Yes: Disney World For months, friends and colleagues have said that this was a crazy idea "He's too young!" "He'll... Read More

Can you really die from a broken heart?

Last week brought the death of Star Wars Princess Leia In real life, Carrie Fisher not only was a famous actress and writer but also a tireless mental health advocate, speaking out with uncommon... Read More


5-7-5:  The number of syllables in the classic 3-line Japanese haiku made famous centuries ago by Japanese poet, Basho As much as it is a constraint, this parsimony forces the poet to ponder what... Read More

(No) Home for the Holidays

Last week, I picked up my daughter, Julia, after her last final  Yesterday, Ben arrived home  They have completed their first semesters at university We are looking forward to potato latkes and... Read More

Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

In 2006, Harvard Professor Richard Frank and Columbia Professor Sherry Glied published Better But Not Well Taking into consideration economics, treatment, living standards, rights, and stigma, they... Read More

John Glenn, American Hero

John Glenn, American Hero, departed this earth one last time this week His life followed the story line of the classic Hero's Journey – a classic three-part narrative where the individual sets... Read More

Stories that Inspire

Newspaper headlines and breaking news on CNN are dominated by the drama of crisis and disaster When we rely on this coverage to tell the story of mental illness, we are led to believe that the... Read More