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Resolving Conflict

November 10, 2008

As I have often said in my practice as a psychotherapist, one can only change a situation for oneself by examining our own behavior.  We can do nothing about the acts and attitudes of others.  So in that spirit I have on occasion engaged in the concept of Naikan (http://www.buildlife.org/cl/naikan.htm).  The manual begins with the idea of self-reflection.  We can observe our own thoughts and feelings and recall actions and events of the past. This capacity for self-reflection holds the key to our freedom.  Self reflection enables us to examine one’s own life with the emphasis on ones conduct in relation to other people, creatures and objects. In the end we are stripped naked of our excuses, rationalizations and self-justification. Leaving us to view our life as we have lived it.

I urge my readers to read this one page description of Naikan.

Loud Noise in Queens Subway Station

July 13, 2008

A subway station which I use occasionally use (Roosevelt Avenue – Jackson Heights in Queens, NY) has been recently renovated. Something went wrong and there is a constant roaring noise in the station.  In December 2007 I wrote the MTA, New York City Transit reporting the noise.  I was given a reference # A-42312.  A copy of my letter seemed to have been sent to the Department of Subways’ Division of Service Delivery, Complaints and Correspondence sector.  I have not heard from anyone since my original letter of Dec. ’07. I wonder if this problem were in Manhattan would have been followed up more readily.  Today I sent follow-up letters.

In my link search I found the NYPIRG’s Straphangers Campaign and will correspond with them as well.

Idling Vehicles Revisited

July 11, 2008

A posting on the Hill’s Blog Briefing Room includes a letter from Chuck Grassley about parked idling government cars.  He is outraged. 

I first became outraged about idling buses and trucks in 2005.  New York State’s Dept. of Environmental Conservation has a regulation, Subpart 217-3 that prohibits the idling of buses and truck for more than 5 minutes. I believe that as a result of my campaign bus layover sites now have signs informing the drivers that there will be a $2000 fine for idling the bus.

Savings for American Airlines

July 9, 2008

I recently spent several hours at the new American Airlines terminal 8 at JFK.  It was a warm summer day outside and freezing inside.  American Airlines, like many other carriers is having financial difficulties.  I wonder how much money they would save if they increased the temperature at this huge terminal by just 3 to 5 degrees.  And it would be so much more comfortable for their customers.

A Better Diagnostic Procedure II

July 8, 2008

In the New York Times today there is a long lament about subjecting elderly women to mammographies.  The article points out that less than 2 % of women over 80 die of breast cancer. So the issues are:  Do we subject these women to the radiation, pain and sometimes questionable diagnoses or take the minimal risk of not having this invasive procedure.

The real answer is to have thermography which is less invasive and more accurate.

A better Diagnostic Procedure.

July 8, 2008

Mammographies are painful, invasive and often give false positives or miss the diagnosis of breast cancer.  A more accurate and less invasive diagnostic procedure is thermography.  There is no radiation exposure.  No painful compression of the breast and it detects cancer earlier and with more accuracy.

Dave Goes to Harvard

May 17, 2008

David was celebrated at Harvard this week. He had been a fellow in 2003-2005 and brought them into the blogosphere.  Blogs at Harvard live on and flourish because of the work he did with them.  Hurray.

How I Write a Blog Post

May 17, 2008

1. Click on Eve’s Peeves in my toolbar.

2. Click the new post button at the top of the window.

3. Type in a title.

4. Write the body of the post.

5. Click the Save button

6. Go to Publish Status popup menue and change it to Published and Save.

7. Click the Preview this Post button.

8. Edit as desired.

 

AA Does it Again!

May 17, 2008

American Airlines had done it twice in as many trips. They canceled our return flight, # 20 on Sunday from SFO to JFK.  Not only did they cancel they gave us new seats on the next day, not on the next flight out of SFO on Sunday.  We had to scramble for another airline flight to get home in a timely fashion.   

 

 

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May 14, 2008

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