What Bill and Elaine May did for me

As a young woman in the last blush of my teenage years, I studied acting at the HB Studio in New York's Greenwich Village. The classes were very inexpensive, fortunate,... More

In line at the supermarket

The sky was grey as heavy rain clouded my windshield on the drive to the supermarket. A less than enthusiastic shopper such a destination fills me with anxiety at the... More

We are ALL cool under the skin

People that feel good about who they are act accordingly. Self-confidence is not inborn rather it is the result of day-to-day experiences. A person who feels worthwhile... More

Success is the fulfillment of potential

My own dream of becoming a special educator began in a most unlikely place, on the Bremen, an ocean liner headed for Germany. At that stage in life I was an actress... More

It's the quality of the heart that's important

The first time I walked into the North Jersey Playhouse where I apprenticed throughout high school, I was met with the late openly gay comedian Charles Nelson Reilly... More

Shelter adopters are astounded at their good fortune

“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, and his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his... More

To my dear dog I leave...

Hotel heiress and grand dame notorious Leona Helmsley left a sizable chunk of her estate to a Maltese terrier named Trouble while disinheriting her grandchildren. The... More

How does one measure a life?

How do we record the comings and goings as the pages turn faster and faster? Moments stand out, feeding the senses. Perhaps it is as simple as walking past a certain... More

An object lesson in pet care

Welcome to the world of Skyra, a grey tomcat that has occupied a prominent place in my life for the past decade. He arrived without warning; a little gray kitten was... More

Rescue puppy may have family's name on it

Barack Obama is about to be inaugurated as president of the United States this Jan. 20. As many are aware, he promised his daughters a puppy that will arrive... More

Aquarius, where have you gone?

When the moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligned with Mars, then peace will rule the planets and love will rule the stars. This is the dawning of the Age of... More

Open atmosphere and funding needed for cancer victims

It is heartbreaking when anyone is afflicted with a serious medical condition, and this is especially so when that person is a child or young adult with their entire... More

Yes, the good people truly rule

So often we pick up the newspaper or turn on the television to read about and see horrific stories of child abuse and the hideous crimes of predators. These stories... More

My teachers, my memorable teachers

Teachers have an immense responsibility and impact on the lives of their students. The most dedicated teachers see their profession as a calling, a mission to... More

Remember to realize life while living it

The days of one's life pass so quickly: holidays come and go, blurred by the transience of time. The voices of children fill a home that soon empties as they leave... More

Yoga helps those with all kinds of needs

It is estimated more than 15,000,000 people in the United States now practice yoga every day. This number is reported to be greater than on the subcontinent of India... More

"Hidden saints" antidote to world in chaos

The holidays are upon us when families and friends come together from far and wide to bask in the felicity of the season. This year, however, some may... More

Never fear the chance to be a volunteer

Years ago, while attending graduate school at Columbia University Teachers College, I was unsure about which area of special education to pursue. It seemed the... More

Remember the words of Yogi Berra: It ain't over till it's over

The New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra is one of the most quoted figures in the sports world. His deceptively simply words often masked a deeper meaning. When... More

Networking helps bridge gaps that divide us

For years, I followed my young clients’ forays into Facebook and MySpace with trepidation. As several showed me their pages, I saw raucous party pictures that would... More

How much land does one man need?

There was a time when a vacation meant getting in the car and traveling several hours from home for a respite in the country. If you were from the tri-state area,... More

Everything we need is inside each of us

James S. Gordon, founder of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) in Washington D.C., and a professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, was a... More

The scars of a survivor

“Listen to the histories of survivors without shaming or blaming or prejudice. However difficult it may be to listen to our histories, it is a critical way in which you... More

What patience and loving care can achieve

”The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption” is a recently published nonfiction work by writer Jim Gorant, and a true page-turner. ... More

Bike Riding: Meditation in Motion.

Bike Riding: Meditation in Motion. I do not remember when my training wheels were taken off, or even if training wheels existed at the time. Perhaps one just... More

Haiti of my Heart

My personal journey with the Urban Zen Integrative Therapist (UZIT) training (www.urbanzen.org) began in 2008 when I read an article about the program in the New York... More

Revisiting a Country that Consumed My Youth

Revisiting a Country that Consumed My Youth Published in Elephant journal I spent my 20s bonded to a people I never knew and a world I might never have seen.... More

It is only impermanence we can depend on

One of the lessons I have tried to impart to students is to stick with an activity or subject and to understand that results are not always immediate. This lesson is... More

Small Efforts help support the people of Haiti

In November, as first discussed in last month’s Parenting Pearls column, I traveled to Haiti as one of a leadership team for the Urban Zen Foundation. As trained... More

Living my dream of helping people in a healing setting

My initial goals as an educator were to work in a hospital or therapeutic setting with allied professionals. Unfortunately, when I completed my doctorate the country... More

Bullies: Cowards who belittle or exclude others

Over the past several years, my normal routine has been to wake up and check in on Facebook, ordinarily finding an update or two from someone I considered a close... More

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are

What makes for happiness and self-acceptance over the long haul? When confronted by inevitable disappointment, how is it that some people are able to breathe new... More

One day everyone will be a patient or caregiver

”The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” — Attributed to Albert Einstein. Many of us live our lives thinking of time as a noun,... More

Too little time is given to reminiscences

The coming of a New Year is time to take stock, remember, and be grateful for what has passed and what might come in the year ahead. Each of us has our own story,... More

Learn from resources in your own town

Active study does not have to be relegated to the classroom setting. The best teaching, especially at the elementary and early childhood levels, is a partnership... More

Remembering the freedom of the '70's

The time: memories, the decade: the 1970s, which ominously began with the trials of Charles Manson and his cohorts as my beloved 1960s faded, but have not been... More

We all need to value a sense of community

As a private college counselor and advisor, much of my work is with students in high school. Recently my clients have begun to include recent college graduates or... More

Summer Stock was different than planned

I boarded the Greyhound at the Port Authority Bus Station in New York en route to Bemidji, Minn., with about $40 in my pocket, gifts from the actors at the North Jersey... More

Typing was my vehicle to liberation

Dwight Morrow High School did not know what to do with me. I started out in the college-bound track, and about half way through my ninth grade year began to regularly... More

Breaking the abuse pattern

Some time ago, while reading the Sunday "New York Times," I came across a familiar name, one that triggered memories from the distant past. The year was 1983, and I had... More

There can be a silver lining to life of abuse

This past spring, for the first time in the history of the all-male, predominantly African-American Morehouse College, a white student was selected as... More