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Is It Possible to Work Yourself to Death?

The Japanese say yes. They even have a word for it – karoshi, which means death by overwork. Twelve to sixteen hour work days with no vacation or time with family and friends has led to some premature deaths. According to author Lissa Rankin the typical karoshi victims are otherwise healthy men in their 40s… Read more »

Why Is Thanksgiving Stressful?

It’s all about family. For those who don’t have family, it could feel lonely or isolating. And for those getting together with family, it often involves travel during crowded times…packing, rushing to airports, dealing with delayed flights or crowded roads and foods that might not agree with you. But, more importantly, why is being with… Read more »

What Did You Hear?

After a lovely dinner, my friend and I decided to stroll the streets of the village and enjoy the crisp air. As we were walking down a particular street, we heard shouting. It appeared that a mother and her daughter were having an angry argument. We couldn’t hear everything that was said, but we got… Read more »

Better Than Ever

Did you ever break a piece of pottery and wonder what to do with it? Before you throw it out, think of this. In the Japanese art of kintsugi a pot is repaired with glue infused with gold, silver or platinum making it even more beautiful and valuable than before. New patterns resulting from the… Read more »

Is There a Jeweler in the House?

When our kids were young, a friend told me that her 7-year-old son announced that he wanted to be a jeweler when he grew up. I was shocked. I was pretty sure that our 7-year-old son didn’t even know that there was such a job as a jeweler. There was no talk at the dinner… Read more »

The Silver Lining

My back is throbbing and my right butt cheek is sore. In a gentle gongfu class today, my sparring partner – a young, adept, physically fit young man – did a perfect push, starting in his core and expressed in a full body contact, and I went flying backward landing thump on a mat. Stunned… Read more »

The Way of Harmony

As my qigong teacher, Zhen Dao, pulled into a parking space at the market, he heard someone in the car behind him yelling and cursing from his car window. The other driver had apparently been waiting for that spot. Zhen Dao said out of his window, “I’m so sorry! I didn’t see you. If I… Read more »