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If you have ever lost anything of value you have probably experienced what I call "a hot feeling of regret". I see it as a cross between shame, anger, and fear. Your mind might simultaneously scan the past to figure out where and when your valuable item could have disappeared while also scanning the future for the various...

I think it has to do with my general tendency to chafe against expectations, but I'm not so good at giving birthday gifts. It's not that I don't like to give things to people but instead, on some level, I find it uncomfortable to give gifts just because I'm expected to. Like my daughter Fiona (and my mother and my...

Humans have a tendency to want to think of ideas, as well as scientific "facts", as solid and immutable. Unfortunately, things tend to be a lot more complex and nuanced than we want them to be. This is nowhere more evident than in health care. The disease model of medicine looks for a single cause of illness because that makes...

The other day a friend asked me if I had a Kim Gordon photo he could use for a Salon article he was designing. He let it be known that there was no budget to pay anyone. I of course would rather be paid than not paid. But I was happy to have the images connected to...

A pentagon assessment that Vladimir Putin might have a form of Asperger syndrome was all over the news this week. Asperger’s is an autism spectrum disorder that is characterized by difficulties with social interaction and nonverbal communication. It often involves restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. The Austrian pediatrician, Hans Asperger, who first wrote about the condition in...

As we work on our film about the relationship between our emotions - both conscious and unconscious - and health, I've been thinking a great deal about the idea of how information reaches our awareness. One of the most difficult things for people to wrap their minds around is how to become aware of the shaky frames that define our...

Sick of Heaven from rumur on Vimeo. - a video for the sleepyhead song sick of heaven- which involves releasing my father's ashes into the ocean It's 5 am on the 9th anniversary of my father's death, and as I lay here thinking about writing about my father - and myself - I struggle with the balance between nakedness and exhibitionism;...

[caption id="attachment_17833" align="aligncenter" width="681"] "Yellow Glove with Shank" -Lavar Munroe- from Area 919 show at the Nasher Museum of Art[/caption] I know both from memory, and reminders by mother, that I could be a real brat when my I was a kid. This knowledge give me a great deal of empathy for my parents, my kids, and myself. When my daughters...

The word responsibility comes up a lot when you have a 12-year-old daughter. It also comes up a lot when you're working on a movie about issues related to healthcare and emotions. The other day I wrote something about the relationship between poverty and asthma, which raises several questions about responsibility. These questions have both cultural and political implications. From...

Today there was an article in the Washington Post that discussed a surprising new study which found that it's not asthma and urban poverty that are linked, but instead, poverty in general. While the author of the article was able to surmise that living in poverty might possibly be a causative factor in regards to asthma, it completely missed the...

[caption id="attachment_17785" align="aligncenter" width="711"] a note card found on the floor at the airport[/caption] There are times that I read something that's of interest to me that don't really seem to connect until much later.  Other times, I'll read just a sentence and it will hit me like lightning, connecting back to something that I have read, sparking a new understanding...

This morning, like some other mornings, I listened to the news while taking my youngest daughter to school. My parents didn’t drive me to school, but they did run the news in the car at other times. I remember how overwhelming it could be to hear about this murder, and that war. They would also watch the local and national...