Simple Pleasures

The New York State Department of Health has created a program for those with dementia characterized by aggressive, antisocial behavior. It’s called the Simple Pleasures program, and it engages patients with the same kind of “toys” you might find at a Montessori school. Sewing cards, butterfly nets, a cloth purse with lots of pockets and zippers, […]

How to Love Big on a Budget

How much would you be willing to pay, in order to realize your deepest thoughts and feelings? Or to dramatically improve the world of someone you love? You’re in luck–at the current rate, it costs just 44 cents. Although they’re predicting it will be up to 50 within the next couple of years. Do you […]

The Power of Vulnerability

I’m going to ask a question. Your answer will place you as one of two kinds of people. So here it is: Do you agree or disagree with the following phrase? “I hate vulnerability.” If you said “Agree,” you’re not alone. In fact, you’re in the majority. Vulnerability is letting yourself be left hanging. It’s […]

Social Magic

I’ll never forget the guy who sat next to me in seventh grade…no matter how much I wish I could. James F. was the highest achiever in the classroom, always got perfect scores on tests, did all the extra credit work just for fun. I’d never really talked to him before–he just wasn’t in my […]