Albany, ny – On New Year's Eve and all through the holiday season, many of us got together with big groups of friends and family. But large parties don't always guarantee a good time. Today's essayist Diane Cameron shares her advice for the more introverted among us.
Diane Cameron is the director of Community Caregivers and a writer from Guilderland, New York.
Albany, NY – Dr. Jonathan Diamond is a psychotherapist, and a good one. He has a successful practice in Massachusetts, helping his patients through the grieving process. At the moment he learned his own father was dying, Diamond, whose relationship with him as a rocky one, decided to navigate his own emotions in an attempt to take back what was stolen - a healthy relationship with his father.
Albany, NY – When Daniel Mendelsohn would walk into a room, his older Jewish relatives would invariably pinch his cheeks and exclaim in think Yiddish accents, "He looks so much like Shmiel." Smiel was his grandfather's brother who was murdered, along with his wife and four daughters in Poland during World War II. But that was all the family he knew.
Albany, NY – Sixty years later, the Holocaust still horrifies us in large part because of the mass systematic extermination that took place. Yet, at the same time, it's because there were so many victims that today we have a hard time grasping the enormity of the event.
Bard Professor Daniel Mendelsohn has just come out with a new book that helps personalize the tragedy. It's called, "The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million." In it, he takes the reader on a quest to find out what happened to his own Polish relatives during WWII.
Albany, NY – According to author Damon Linker, George W. Bush has gone out of his way to blur the line between religion and politics in America. Linker says this has been acknowledged by his strongest supporters as well as his most strident critics. It is commonly assumed that the growing role of religion in public life has been driven by fundamental Protestants. However, in Linker's book The Theocons: Secular America Under Siege, he suggests that an exclusive focus on the evangelicals misses the heart of the story.
Albany, NY – There's nothing worse than a New Year's resolution that sounds great on December 31st and feels awful by January 5th. But today, Hedi McKinley shares her prescription for a New Year's resolution that lets you eat what you want, spend all you like, and feels good to boot.
Hedi McKinley is a retired member of the SUNY School of Social Welfare, and a clinical social worker with a private practice in Albany, NY