Diorissimo

In the early 1960s when I was nursing in a hospital ward, I had a patient from the American embassy in a private room.  I do not remember her name, or why she was there, but when she was about to leave, she called me to her room and presented me with a small, beautifully wrapped box…

Cherchez La Femme

If not for Johanna Bonger, we would possibly not have known and appreciated the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh…

A Preventable Tragedy

A tragedy could have been prevented, but no one was willing to touch the hot issue of curbing the mass pilgrimage of a quarter of a million religious men, women, and children for one night of celebration at the grave of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai …

Grabbing for Connection

The saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” was driven home to ne this week.  Even though I believed in this concept for many years, and indeed my profession as an art therapist depends on it as a working assumption, it took actually seeing it to realize the profound truth that lies in the saying…

Independence

This week Israel is celebrating 73 years of independence. I find the concept of independence a bit strange, and even in a way an oxymoron, since the meaning attributed to the word is freedom, or being self-sufficient…

One-Legged Creatures

She was 48 when she died this week.  Her name was Bibian Mentel, and she was a champion Dutch snowboarder who won the gold in the winter Paralympic games of 2014 and 2018…

The Record Player

I was inspired to think about the records we have by an article in the Globe and Mail written by a young woman from British Colombia.  She and her husband have found time during lockdown to sort through and listen to their parents’ collections of vinyl…

Nightmare

I am aware that most people have nightmares every once in a while, and some even have recurring ones. Over the years I have encountered a specific anxiety and bad dreams in my clients especially around the holidays. This phenomenon occurs in every culture around their major holidays…

The One

Almost 55 years ago, my husband of 54 years took one look at a young woman who pushed ahead of him in the cafeteria of the Weizmann Institute and said to himself “This is the one.” …

International Women’s Day

A student in grade 8 in one of the public schools in India created this drawing in response to his father who claimed his wife does not work. The drawing contains all the tasks his mother performs while she is “not working”. It became the cover poster for the Indian government’s 2021 report on gender equality…