Commentary

December 3, 2021

A Special Holiday Message | Chanukah Lights’ Life Lessons

It is the 27th anniversary of the death of my beloved father. He died on the first night of Chanukah, November 29, 1994. Twenty-five years later, my mother died on the last night of Chanukah, December 29, 2019. Their deaths are unique bookends for the holiday of Chanukah–a holiday of […]
December 1, 2021

Renewal in the Coming Year

Renewal in the Coming Year   For over a year and a half we have been in the midst of pandemic isolation / re-entry, and a re-examination of racial reckoning. As 2021 comes to a close, many of us will reflect on what happened in our personal lives, focusing on […]
October 30, 2021

Mr. Rogers Got It Right

  Mr. Rogers Got It Right   Who didn’t feel good when visiting Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood? He invited all of us, children and adults, to join him as he explored his neighborhood. He created a sense of community which helped us to feel welcome, safe, nurtured and supported. When we […]
October 5, 2021

Giving Up My Office

  Giving Up My Office   2020 began with a major life transition for me. My beloved mother had just passed away. At nearly 98 years old she was a vital, curious person who engaged friends and activities from an apartment in New York City not far from my office. […]
September 1, 2021

Disconnecting From Technology One Day Each Week

  Disconnecting From Technology One Day Each Week   Unplugging one day a week. Our day of rest. With technology available at our fingertips 24 hours a day, the boundaries have become blurred in our lives between work and rest. This can lead us to feel distracted all the time, […]
August 2, 2021

Mental Health and the Olympics

  Mental Health and the Olympics   “Suck It Up” is an unkind, unempathetic, and wrong message to send when it comes to mental health. With the spotlight shining so brightly on Simone Biles this week, the world is becoming ever more aware of the incredible mental and emotional stress […]
July 5, 2021

The Power of Personal Music Playlists on the Brain

As some of you know, my father, Jerry Atkins, at the age of 74, died after living with Alzheimer’s Disease for 13 years. A passionate music lover with an extensive record collection, he sang, danced, played the drums, and always had a song in his heart and on his lips. […]
June 3, 2021

An Opportunity to Forge Your New Normal

Each of us experienced COVID-19 in our own unique way. We have an opportunity to create our new normal which can reflect a healthy and balanced way of thinking about the multiple aspects of our lives. Our increased numbers in vaccinations across America are allowing us to emerge from our […]
May 11, 2021

Memorials on Zoom – We Can Remember to Be Kind

As have many of you, I have had the experience of attending ZOOM memorials for people who have died. Some of these on-line gatherings were graveside funerals while others occurred weeks, months, or as in the case of my mother, a year after the person’s death. These memorial tributes, organized […]
April 6, 2021

Renewal

T.S. Elliot wrote that April is the cruelest month. Many people may be inclined to agree with him, especially this year. What a year we’ve experienced individually and collectively. We’re exiting the 2nd winter of COVID-19, this one with vaccinations opening up to more and more people, yet, once again, […]