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Honoring Working Bees

Aaaahh, Labor Day—a day set aside to honor and celebrate dedicated workers and to grant us an extra period of rest and play. While researching comparative U.S. work trends with those of other industrial nations in recent years, I must admit that I was very surprised to learn that the average American works less than […]

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What Is a Soulful Relationship?

As the authors of a recently published book on the topic of marital enrichment, Secrets of a Soulful Marriage: Creating and Sustaining a Loving, Sacred Relationship, we enjoy receiving folks’ input about what the term “soulful relationship” means to them. As you might imagine, people express a wide variety of attitudes and feelings in response to the […]

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Lurking in Your Backyard

Sex trafficking—the heinous act of duping teenage (or pre-teen) girls into a life of prostitution—only occurs in third-world countries, right? Oh so wrong! As accustomed as we can be toward turning a “blind eye” to that which we’d prefer didn’t exist, it is no surprise that most folks are quick to deny that sex slavery […]

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Writing with Wife

  During 38 years of our 44-year marriage, my wife Ruth, and I have worked together in many capacities. These have included serving as therapists in private practice, co-directing a holistic health and human development center, teaching classes and seminars, delivering conference presentations (including as keynoters), leading marriage retreats, and most recently offering ourselves as […]

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Wake-Up Call

Several nights ago, I was leaning back in my chair, as I often do, beginning to eat my dinner. My wife, Ruth, suggested that I sit up straight to avoid spilling food on my shirt, which I must sheepishly admit that I regularly do. After my next bite of food, I began feeling a bloating […]

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Tribute to Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

  Last night I wondered about what to write for this week’s blog. Soon my inner guidance said quite discernibly: “Be receptive.” Within an hour, another inner voice emerged that had previously been only a very faint background whisper: “Write a tribute to Reb Zalman.” For those of you who don’t know (about) this truly […]

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Many Breaths of Fresh Air

My wife, Ruth, and I recently returned from a glorious weekend in the mountains that rejuvenated us during the less than 48 hours of our time away. My daughter and her boyfriend hosted us so graciously in the boyfriend’s parents’ mountain cabin located in a remote area about 15 miles south of the tiny town […]

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Shocking Results

Amid the hustle bustle of daily life, many people claim that they yearn for a brief interlude of solitude. However, a “shocking” University of Virginia research study recently published in the Science journal found that a number of people, especially men, struggle to devote even a short time alone with their thoughts. Participants in the […]

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A Triumphant Milestone!

  Each low on energy from several days of a nagging cold, yesterday my wife, Ruth, and I attended the Bar Mitzvah of a boy adopted two years ago (at age 11) by his aunt and uncle. Although we have known the family for about eight years and attended the Bar Mitzvahs of the two […]

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Men’s Compromised Health

So often in my private practice I encounter a male client who has not had a physical examination for over two years, sometimes for as long as ten years. This form of self-neglect is of particular concern regarding guys who have a known medical condition and with those, for example, who are injured, obese, have high […]

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