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Controlling Fear of Terrorism

Last week, 12 people at the French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, were murdered – editors, cartoonists and journalists as well as employees, a visitor and a gendarme. A third attacker killed a police officer and 4 hostages in a kosher market, bringing the total to 17 before the gunmen died in police raids. When radical Islamic fundamentalists kill innocent victims, it raises fear in all of us. With heightened risks, travel advisory warnings have increased. And the Department of Homeland Security is intensifying security checks at American airports because of concerns over hidden bombs. … Continue reading

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No Resolutions for Moms of Millennials

As you begin the New Year, you may decide not to make any resolutions for 2015. According to conventional wisdom, they usually don’t work. If you’re the Mom of a Millennial who has boomeranged back home, try to accept the status quo for now.  Of course, you’re reluctant to turn your new office back into a bedroom. But if your kidult has huge student loans to pay off and can’t find a job, living at home may be the best option. For some practical tips CLICK HERE. Having unrealistic expectations can be the greatest … Continue reading

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Virtual Book Tour with Karyn L. Freedman

Today we are pleased to host philosopher Karyn L. Freedman on our website, where she’ll be discussing her powerful memoir, One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery. Her book was voted one of the Globe and Mail’s 100 best books of 2014. At once deeply personal and terrifyingly universal, Freedman weaves together her experience with the latest philosophical and psychological insights on what it means to live in a body that has been traumatized. She draws on recent theories of posttraumatic stress disorder and neuroplasticity to … Continue reading

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What We Can Learn from Japan about Respect

Looking over my pictures from a recent trip to Japan (click on photos to enlarge) got me thinking about this centuries-old culture. It’s a beautiful country with a certain set of characteristics that make it seem insular, cohesive and unique. There is a tight-knit social fabric, no immigration and the only spoken language is Japanese. With over 34 million people in Tokyo and the surrounding areas, it’s amazingly well organized. Trains and subways run exactly on time, like a Swiss clock. You don’t see any graffiti in common areas or … Continue reading

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