Advice for friends and family of people with depression: 5 things to consider

It's world mental health day!  So, let's discuss depression. Anywhere from 3 to 17% of the world's population suffers from it, with US being one of the highest.  That is a lot of people!  It leads me to wonder a) why the difference in prevalence and b) why did we not hear about depression as … Continue reading Advice for friends and family of people with depression: 5 things to consider

Of trees and birthdays

If you think about it, the tree is an amazing creature. As a tree grows and ages, it becomes more and more difficult to deliver water to the top from the roots, thereby setting an upper limit to its height.  Eventually, distal limbs become too "expensive" to support, and stop developing; this is why the … Continue reading Of trees and birthdays

A nasty spill down the stairs

  One of my all time favorite movies is Ferris Bueller's Day off.  Remember the part where he makes a recording for the doorbell?  "Oh, I'm sorry. I can't come to the door right now. I'm afraid that in my weakened condition, I could take a nasty spill down the stairs..."  I don't know if … Continue reading A nasty spill down the stairs