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Pink power over breast cancer

With news of a second case of Ebola developing in the United States, fears about our health have catapulted to the top of an ever-growing list of anxieties. Yet, as we implement an improved means for controlling the spread of that disease, we can turn the focus to our current abilities to influence the course of other diseases. During the month of October we are reminded of the power we have to manage breast cancer – through awareness, risk reduction, early detection, effective medical treatment, support and finding positive meaning. … Continue reading

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A Time for Change

The Jewish New Year celebrates the birthday of the world for all people and Yom Kippur asks us to reflect about our own humanity. During these days of awe we search for answers about how to improve our relationships with those around us. We face and apologize for our moral transgressions against others and grant forgiveness to those who have hurt us. Divisive conflicts and frightening extreme tribalism highlight our need for connections and communal relationships. Amidst the cacophony and sounds of discord, the blast of the shofar is clear … Continue reading

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Grandparents’ Day and the Grandmother Effect

Last Sunday, for the 35th time since it was instituted, Grandparents’ Day was observed in the United States, honoring 65 million grandparents. In addition to loving their grandkids, grandparents are often responsible for providing childcare and support. A recent survey found that a grandparent regularly cares for nearly one-third of the children under age 5 who have working mothers. And 3 million grandparents are primarily in charge of raising their grandchildren. For me, love is the main commodity I provide to my grandkids and I get it back in multiples. … Continue reading

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Social media have often drawn criticism – for their penchant to foster narcissism, time wasting, even bullying – but this past month we’ve seen the generosity, compassion and creativity they can generate. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has gone viral on the Internet, attracting a wide range of celebrities, athletes, professionals, students, business people, politicians, and ordinary folks – all dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads. People have made donations to The ALS Association, challenging others to do so as well. In July alone, more than $100 … Continue reading

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