Author Archives: Russell

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ME

Yesterday, I said to my friend John, “Happy New Year!” He replied deadpan, “Okay.” I wished another friend a Happy New Year. “We’ll see about that,” she said. And then another friend. “Is it, though?” It’s a common sentiment in this time of unprecedented dark uncertainty. I get the point. I can’t tell my patients “It’s […]

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I MAY HAVE LOST MY MIND BUT THANK GOD THE G.O.P. PLATFORM IS BLACK AND WHITE

This election has broken my brain. I feel like I am definitely dumber than I was a year ago. The election’s endless toxicity—and my dark, insatiable participation in it—has deadened my ability to retain information and differentiate between what is useful and what is simply “word dump” that I use for emotional cutting in the […]

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SHOULD I GET A FLU SHOT?

“The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.” -Albert Einstein I’ve always found the idea of “Flu Season” a bit suspicious. This concept that the Earth is suddenly making more pathogens during January and February than any of the other months, and that these pathogens […]

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“I WOULD CHANGE NOTHING IN MY LIFE IF IT MEANT NOT BEING HERE NOW.”

These words, when spoken freely, without a waver in the voice or a blink of the eye, suggest we have arrived at a place of healing. They imply that we now understand how every trauma we have suffered in our lives has played its role in bringing us back to ourselves. These words can only […]

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THIS IS MEDITATION…FOR EVERYBODY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJiWkbXcZ6w Yes, this is what meditation is like FOR EVERYONE. Not just you. You don’t suck at meditation. You’re not doing it wrong. It’s not impossible for you.  Every single person who has ever attempted to meditate, meditates just like this, just like you, all the time. Do it anyway. The goal of meditating is […]

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On Planned Parenthood, Witch Hunting and Magnanimous Curiosity

Like most progressive feminists, I celebrated this moment during the congressional testimony of Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards last week, when the particularly smug House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, produced an entirely slanted, politicized graph which he claimed he manufactured based on Planned Parenthood’s actual number of abortions. Ms. […]

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MY ADVICE TO ALL LIVING HUMANS

I found this email I had sent to a patient of mine several years ago. She is a young woman, with a lot of responsibilities for a young person and a slight addiction to the stress of her life (as I surely did in my 20s), who was having a lot of seemingly unrelated health […]

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ME EXPLAINING HORMONE IMBALANCES TODAY

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WHAT I’M READING RIGHT NOW

The very first chapter opens with Mr. Lear calling his mother to tell her that he has been chosen as one of the very first inductees to the Academy of Television Arts & Science’s Hall of Fame in 1983, amongst a very small group that included Edward R. Murrow, William S. Paley and Lucille Ball: […]

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ANXIETY IS A ROCK

By Yumi Sakagawa

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