Making do with loss

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My original plan was to make this an upbeat holiday post about a favorite inspirational quote. But I just found out that a dear, 80-something friend has died of a heart attack. So I’m feeling very sad.  Still, the quote that I was planning to share has power, even in this moment:   “Everything you need, you already have.”   …

Check out Islamic art at the Met

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Tonight I went on a private tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The entire evening turned into one of those rare, perfect evenings in Manhattan. The magic began when I found street parking (free!). Then I walked into the Met (free!) to enjoy beautiful art, smart conversation and a nice reception. The Met had invited the South Asian Journalists Association …

How to choose a good shrink

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Today’s post is inspired by the single most frequent question that readers ask me: How does a person get started with therapy? How do I choose a good shrink? Up until now, I’ve been pretty clueless on what to answer. But I finally asked my own therapist for advice on the issue. The highlights from our chat are outlined below.  …

What is YouTube about?

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Most of us visit YouTube when we’re in the mood to watch music videos or silly segments featuring cute babies, cute animals, cute baby animals or cute, stupid people. But this website increasingly offers much more  — which is why we’re going to spend the next few minutes exploring YouTube.  :) First, some basic info. YouTube is only six years …

Crazymaking people & moments must be stopped

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My daughter had a great pediatrician who gave me the following life-changing advice… I’ll always remember the afternoon when I carried my baby Gabi into his office. She was such a gloriously fat, beautiful little person. Since she wasn’t walking yet, I lugged her everywhere. Kinda hard on the lower back. But that was nothing compared to the constant demands …