The True Legacy of Steve Jobs

In the wake of Steve Jobs passing I, like many others, watched his commencement address to the Stanford graduating class of 2005. I’m sure I was as moved as anyone else was by his candor and the hindsight tragedy of his death. Something unexpected struck me as I listened to and watched him. His story of his adopted beginnings put …

The Problem with Pills

The Problem With Pills   Antidepressant drug use has increased dramatically over the last few decades.  In the United States they are now the most commonly prescribed drugs in all of medicine. Doctors write more prescriptions for antidepressants than for the treatment of hypertension.  Three times more antidepressants were prescribed between 1999 and 2000 than between 1988 and 1994, and …

Happiness, and What Happens

The Link Between Happiness and What Happens We all crave happiness. We all aspire to be happy. We all want our children to be happy. Happiness is one of our highest values. We even think that we have an inherent right to be happy. We misquote or misunderstand the US Constitution when we speak of our inalienable right to happiness. …

Cinderella and Self-Esteem: I

She was called Cinderella because she was lowest on the totem pole; she spent her days grovelling on her hands and knees cleaning up the “cinders”, dusting up the ashes from the fireplace, tidying up other people’s left overs and messes. Her story is more than just about how purity of heart triumphs over greed; it provides us with specific …

Cinderella and Self-Esteem: II

In case your prince turns into a drunken slob or your golden goose dies, and when you can no longer rely on the world to provide you with self-worth, you will need to know how to become your own supplier. This concept of self-sufficiency is no more strange than it is when we apply it to other areas of life, …