From the Dean: Protecting Our Children from America’s Political Chaos

2019-08-01T14:54:05-07:00

August 2, 2019 Now that the Democratic primary debates have begun, the United States is formally into its next national election cycle. Two things will happen over the next 15 months – the nation will experience our democracy at its best, and we will witness our humanity at its worst. As parents and grandparents, we need to make sure our children understand and are inspired by the former, and are only minimally influenced by the latter. Politics has always been an anxiety-producing blood sport for adults. But, as our growing political divisions have seeped into our family systems, and our [...]

From the Dean: Protecting Our Children from America’s Political Chaos2019-08-01T14:54:05-07:00

From the Dean: Can We Resurrect from Our Death Spirals?

2019-04-17T15:17:33-07:00

April 17, 2019 Over the past few years there have been many studies on the increasing levels of anxiety and depression in the United States, and the consequences these negative forces are having on our physical and mental health. According to the Center for Disease Control, as just one instance, the nation’s life expectancy has declined for the second year in a row in 2018. Drug overdoses, chronic liver disease, and suicide are the primary causes for the uptick. I was reminded of the negative energy spinning around us this week when friends called with the devastating news that their [...]

From the Dean: Can We Resurrect from Our Death Spirals?2019-04-17T15:17:33-07:00

From the Dean: Autobiographies That Save Our Soul

2019-04-08T20:49:53-07:00

March 6, 2019 Humans have an obsessive need for story-telling. We tell stories because they help us see patterns in human behavior and the world around us, and the patterns make life seem less random and chaotic. Stories position us in our history; they make us aware of a higher order, an organization, and a meaning to our experiences, especially the disrupting ones, than those experiences often feel. The world can spin in dysfunction and chaos around me, but my go-to stories help me keep my center. Contrary to the preferences of some of us who like charts, graphs, and [...]

From the Dean: Autobiographies That Save Our Soul2019-04-08T20:49:53-07:00
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