The Four Children of COVID-19

The Jewish holiday of Passover is less than four weeks away It is looking like COVID-19 will impact the possibility of gathering multiple generations of family and friends who would typically squeeze... Read More

Why I Love Ms. Pac-Man

I don't know about you, but I am exhausted from the deluge of discussions this week about hand sanitizer and health care policy, travel bans and super delegates No doubt that coronavirus and the US... Read More

The Hero’s Journey

This past Monday, we hosted an evening celebrating the unique capacity of the arts to connect communities and advocate for mental health Our fourth annual event, Love is EleMental, raised... Read More


Those who have a "why" to live, can bear with almost any "how"', wrote Viktor Frankl in his book, Man's Search for Meaning Equally, the absence of 'why' can make unbearable almost any 'how'... Read More

El Dia del Amor y la Amistad

I am spending this weekend with dear friends in Mexico City where February 14th is celebrated as El Día del Amor y la Amistad, the "day of love and friendship" And earlier this week, two... Read More

2020 Tracy Challenge

Yes, folks, it is that time again: the Tracy Challenge Here are the rules My friend, Tracy, sends me a list of five things that do not immediately appear to have anything to do with mental health,... Read More

Hi Kathy, Stan Here

"Hi Kathy Stan here Called to say hello and wish you a good Shabbos Give me a call when you get a chance Love you Bye" That was the message I could count on every Friday if I was not able to... Read More

Start of Spring Semester

Columbia University spring semester started this week How lovely and hopeful that the semester that starts in the dead of winter, is called spring semester I started teaching the course "Priorities... Read More