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    Women, Depression, & Caffeine: Turning a Critical Eye on Research Reports

    A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine that describes the relationship between women’s caffeine consumption (primarily through coffee) and risk for developing depression has been all the buzz (pun intended) over the past few days. The story was picked up by numerous …

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    Therapists Don’t Dance. Do They?

    About a month ago I attended a wedding in Sonoma, California. Before the ceremony, I made random small talk with one of the other guests. We covered occupation and connection to the bride and groom, moved on to comments about the beautiful setting, and then …

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    The Illusion of Control

    When I was a kid, I was always fascinated by magic tricks. Whether it was simple coin tricks or watching David Copperfield walk through the Great Wall of China on television, I always wanted to know: How do they do that? By the time I …

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  • Suicide and the Golden Gate Bridge

    Last weekend I traveled to San Fransisco for a wedding. While there, I spent some time taking in the sights, including the famed Golden Gate Bridge. At the north end of the bridge, I found this crisis phone and a sign exhorting individuals considering suicide …

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    Attribution: An Anecdote

    Several weeks ago I took my four-year-old son camping in the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness for the first time. When he is sleeping, his body takes on the appearance of a wayward compass needle that rotates this way and that until his feet land …

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    Peace through Inner Peace: A Public Lecture by the Dalai Lama

    Last month I had the good fortune to see His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet speak at the University of Minnesota. His lecture, titled Peace through Inner Peace, touched on education, secular ethics, and the nature of compassion, among other things. He spoke …

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