Monday, April 29, 2013

I Think the Time Has Come - Let's Redefine Sports and Who Can Play

I'll keep this short today.  I have been planning to open the discussion on same sex marriage (the Supreme Court is at work as we speak) mainly to continue the dialogue on America's beliefs and values on the subject.  But am I noticing something here?  I only bring this up because

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Is Football (or other sports) necessary?

Ahhhh! America's Roots With Football and Other Sports.

 The significance of sports can be expressed by many Americans:
Football players wearing helmets on the field during a football game
“Football is the quintessential American sport, and for good reason.  It requires a combination of power and agility, brute strength, and grace.  But most of all it requires audacity and boldness.   In other words, it requires American characteristics in order to succeed.”
As a clinician I frequently recommend physical sports activities for young boys.  Sports help with

Monday, April 22, 2013

It a Baby Booming time we live in.

Ah the Leisure (or Stressors) of Retirement: It Affects Us All - Even the Millennials.

World Map, Travel, Couple, TravelerThere used to be the magic number of 65 representing the age of retirement in the United States.  Whether you ask yourself when it’s the right time to retire or of you start seeing the signs it is time to retire you could benefit from some planning or discussion.  Can you afford it, and are your ducks in order?  Do you feel it in your gut, or are your instincts telling you something?  Are you being pulled into a direction different than your career or job? Is there some internal clock that is guiding you to show down or to relax more?  These might be indicators that retirement is an option in your life.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Fresh & Easy and the Lower SES Set Back!

Fresh & Easy is Retreating From It’s British Invasion:  So What’s the Big Deal?

After taking a $1.8 billion hit (yes! Billion!) England’s Fresh and & Easy is closing its doors in California, Nevada and Arizona.  The significance?   Well, we could have a discussion of the 5,000 jobs that are to be terminated but there is a more dire issue that needs to be digested.   

Some might think there is no real impact of its closed doors; after all, it certainly was no Whole Foods (before we learned about the CEO’s philosophies and politics).  The digestion is this:  

Monday, April 15, 2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ahhh the Male Baby Boomer and His Testerone - or is it EGO! Or is it the Generation That is Saying 50 is the New 30?

I have had several male Baby Boomer (BB) client who are having children for the first time in their 50's.  It is provocative; powerful; daunting; challenging; exciting.  There are also the apprehensions; concerns; doubts; social pressures, and medical questions that surface in session.  It is nothing new that men and women are facing a paradigm in roles and life circumstances making this a vocal discussion of whit and reflecting psychological parenting.  There is that shock value New Yorker article Is She Just Too Old For This addressing whether a woman at 50 is too old to bear children.  The celebrities with the money and resources can pull it off.  Can we, as everyday HMO customers accomplish pregnancy so late in middle-aged life? Insurance and HMO/PPO's aside, is this new trend a part of the male drive to propagate and if so is there a financial and intellectual discussion that is

Monday, April 8, 2013

We Must Always Appreciate "2 Thumbs Up" -- At Any Price

At Any Price --2 Thumbs Up 

Last Thursday we lost Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize winning film critic to a battle with cancer.  So is this of social and clinical significance?   The answer is yes, but before I attempt to discuss his legacy as socially and clinically relevant I want to share an experience that led me to think about his meaning to the contemporary American psyche. 

Over the weekend I saw the film At Any Price. This film is what one might call

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Celebration and Holiday of Cesar Chavez

Many are celebrating Cesar Chavez birthday today.  For those who are we wish you well.  A few weeks ago I had a post about the changes in America:

—By 2039, racial and ethnic minorities will make up a majority of the U.S. working-age population, helping to support a disproportionately elderly white population through Social Security and other payroll taxes. More than 1 in 4 people ages 18-64 will be Latino.

With the paradigm that our country is facing (or embracing or resisting)