The Power of a New Name by guest bloggist Susan Macfarlane

What’s in a name? Talk to any expectant parent and we hear how important naming is. Some names express lovely qualities such as girls named Grace or boys called Victor. Some are revealed through translation as my granddaughter Irene’s name meaning peace. Marketing companies, too, spend a lot of money to find catchy names for their products. Think of the success of Kleenex and Xerox which have...
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Spirituality: A key component to creating a health care system

The healthcare system is broken and needs fixing, according to Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP in the recently released documentary, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare. Through a wide variety of examples, Berwick, who is also President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, provides data and evidence for his premise. He refers to the current system as “disease...
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Turning 100 – The Newest Fad, by guest bloggist M.J. Johnston

A dear friend will be celebrating her 100th birthday next May.  That’s quite a milestone and I thought it was very rare until another friend commented that he was just attending a 100th birthday party.   Shops now have a separate category for “100th birthday” cards.  I remember Willard Scott of the TODAY show highlighting those few celebrating their 99th or 100th birthdays.  Now, he...
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Hand-in-Hand: Mental Health and Spirituality

Researchers say spirituality is important in not only averting mental health issues, but in overcoming them. Television commercials and magazine ads marketing antidepressants to sufferers with mental issues promise “extraordinary relief and happiness.” However, “in the real world, life is not so simple.” states Christopher Gordon, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard...
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