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This may seem hard to believe but, there can be beauty in uncertainty. I came across this story that I was given during a training I attended late last year. The Tug A child takes the kite to a distant hill and sets it flying high in the sky. The child gazes at the kite, holding its string in his hand, and as the weather cools and clouds move in,...
I’ve always maintained that one of the best things (saving graces) about Facebook is that it allows us to get in touch with long-lost friends—friends from elementary school, summer camp, high school—with whom we have lost touch and when you reconnect it often feels as if no time has passed (although in some cases, after we get...
I think I “have” Asperger’s disorder. The “have” is in quotes because I’m not certain what it means to “have” it. If you have pneumonia, you just have it. There are bacteria in your lungs which are detectable and eradicable. You can go from having it to not having it to having it again, and each...
Mark Shields and David Brooks awarded the first ever Prize for Civility in Public Life from Allegheny College Over the last year, I have become a big fan of the PBS Newshour’s conversation with Brooks and Shields each Friday evening.  What has drawn me to this segment each week is the calm, thoughtful manner in which these two men...
In September of 2011 Time Magazine interviewed outspoken cognitive therapist Allan Kazdin, a former President of the American Psychological Association.  In the interview, Kazdin calls for the end of individualized treatments in psychotherapy -- even if people want them -- in favor of standarized treatments.  New Existentialist Eugene...

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