Commentary

September 11, 2022

Living a Purposeful Life: A Key to Aging Well

by Dr. Dale V. Atkins Aging is part of life—so we are wise to embrace it. We are fortunate to be aging at a time when so much is known about what can help us age well. As you probably are well aware, there is strong scientific data that supports […]
September 2, 2022

The Flag Belongs to All of Us

On August 9th, Primary Election Day, I was aware of my significant internal distress. I needed to understand what was going on. I quieted myself and began to write. I write as a way to sort out my feelings which, in this case, were deeply entwined with a powerful symbol […]
July 29, 2022

If They Didn’t Want My Advice, Why Did They Ask for It?

I often get calls or texts or emails from people I know (well and less well) asking for advice in times of their confusion or distress. For the most part I’m happy to be a sounding board and I try to assist when I can. Very often these reach outs […]
June 30, 2022

Flowers Are No Longer On The Grave

A friend’s mother died. Not suddenly; she had been ill. But still, he was not “prepared.” Not exactly sure what “prepared” is. Even when the mind knows what is coming, the heart and the gut have a way of putting on the breaks. And upon hearing that a loved one […]
May 27, 2022

Mental Health

  “We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness.”   This is what Ashley and Wynonna Judd said publicly in response to their mother’s recent death. Much of the world was surprised. Much of it wasn’t. Naomi Judd was a brave and outspoken advocate for mental health […]
May 4, 2022

Love Unconditional

Spring is here and I hope we will all take time to think about people in our lives whom we love and how we express our feelings for them. I share some thoughts about unconditional love which were triggered by my presence at a birthday celebration online. As I explore […]
April 7, 2022

Teen Suicide: Opening Our Hearts Without Judgment

As many of you know, I write the Sanity Savers newsletters with a hope of being helpful. Some of the articles are more personal than others and I appreciate the feedback you offer. It means a lot. I had written and was ready to post a different article last month, […]
March 4, 2022

The Terror of War: Echoes of History

As many of you know, I write the Sanity Savers newsletters with a hope of being helpful. Some of the articles are more personal than others and I appreciate the feedback you offer. It means a lot. I had written and was ready to post a different article this month. […]
January 30, 2022

Do the Actions and Opinions of Others Affect Your Self-Worth?

Our value is not determined by someone else’s opinion of us. Yet, when we are with people who are not present or engaged or, we feel, are judging us, we may interpret it as having something to do with us. Are we boring them? Do we not come up to […]
January 27, 2022

The New Normal: How We Continue to Cope

For many, these past two years have been defined by feelings of extreme stress and grief. The “Stress in America” survey conducted by the American Psychological Association showed that the stress people experience during the current crisis is so extreme, in fact, that 32% of adults struggle to make day-to-day […]