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  • “Who’s Buying This Stuff?” by Julie Merker

    We’ve all heard it…The best way to live a long life is to be healthy throughout life. So we eat the colors of the rainbow; we buy a treadmill; we buy a juicer. Somehow, this just isn’t good enough. Americans want need to be on the cutting edge of everything, and that includes the health […]

  • “Exploring the Mind’s Great Capabilities” by Kim Juhas

                   Whether you are trying to remember a large amount of information to add to your readily available storehouse of knowledge, or you want to prepare for a seamless presentation, the memory palace technique can help.  This ancient practice was used when knowledge could only be shared verbally from […]

  • “Let’s Talk about Peace”-by Patricia J. Terstenyak

    Does peace affect our health?  If so, in what ways?  One immediate thought is without peace, there is stress and conflict, and we’ve learned stress is unhealthy, so peace must be good for us, right?  Let’s look at this a little deeper. First, we need a working definition of peace.  We might envision the beautiful […]

  • “In Order to Start a Movement, You Have to Walk the Walk” by Kim Juhas

                Girl Trek co-founders Vanessa Garrison and Tanya Morgan-Dixon wanted to address the health crisis that African American women face due to diabetes, heart disease and stroke.  After a few failed attempts to start a movement, they stepped back from their efforts.  They used Harriet Tubman’s story as an inspiration to examine their own habits.  […]

  • “We Work Hard for the Money…and Meaning” by Patricia Terstenyak

    What exactly makes our work enjoyable?  Does compensation equate to satisfaction? As adults in the workforce, we don’t necessarily hang our completed assignments on the refrigerator door next to our kids’ art work, though we seek some kind of meaning, purpose and recognition.  What do we need to know to have meaningful work lives and […]

  • “Power Poses: A Quick, Easy Way to Improve Confidence and Performance” by Kim Juhas

    Social Psychologist Amy Cuddy’s research on power and dominance shows that just two minutes of simple preparation can increase one’s confidence and performance.  Her research stems from the study of power dynamics and nonverbal expressions of power and dominance.  Power and dominance are characterized with body postures that open up the body, such as alpha […]

  • “Get Connected” by Julie Merker

    In light of the seemingly ever increasing grim news in and about Cleveland, what are we to do? Some make lists of the positive aspects of the city (which really is pretty great, despite missing a few key aspects!). Others simply grumble about how we’re falling apart and failing without offering constructive suggestions. Still others […]

  • “How to Evaluate Charities”- by Patricia Terstenyak

    Fancy envelopes.  Attention-getting email subject lines. Emotional testimonies.  Charities are clever to solicit monetary donations; they constantly need to balance their fundraising and mission efforts.   For example, at a recent trip to an environmentally conscious hair salon, when you made a donation to help build sustainable and safe drinking water programs in Africa, you’ll get […]

  • “A Reflection on Palliative Care” by Kim Juhas

                A few weeks ago, I attended a Health and Sciences Research seminar about research in palliative care.  I could easily translate this research into my personal experience, as I have had a loved one in the care of the Hospice of the Western Reserve since last fall.              Two things […]

  • “Are We Working Ourselves Out of a Job?” by Julie Merker

    Paul Kivel (2009), in The Revolution Will Not Be Funded, writes “We need to provide services for those most in need, for those trying to survive, for those barely making it.” Kivel goes on to discuss the “Non-Profit Industrial Complex” and poses the question of whether non-profits can provide social services AND work for social […]