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23 02, 2018

Why Do We Get So Hung Up on The Facts?

By | 2018-02-13T14:11:18+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|News articles|0 Comments

Within the last week, I have read two different articles about the “truth”. The first, a blog posted on Kluwer Mediation Blog on February 8, 2018 entitled, “The Map is not the territory” by Charlie Woods highlights the notion that each of us has a different perception when looking at the identical thing. In this [...]

19 01, 2018

An “Unreliability” Admonition?

By | 2018-01-09T12:50:25+00:00 January 19th, 2018|News articles|0 Comments

An article last month in the New York Times got me thinking that perhaps in my mediations, I should warn people that their memories and perceptions may be unreliable, especially where the situation involves parties of different ethnicities. In To Curb Bad Verdicts, Court Adds Lesson on Racial Bias for Juries, Ashley Southall (December 15, [...]

3 11, 2017

Listening Leads to Empathy

By | 2017-10-27T11:34:50+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|News articles|0 Comments

Have you ever sat back with your eyes closed and listened to music or someone speaking? Why did you do it? Probably, to appreciate more fully and deeply what you were hearing. By shutting down one of our senses, we allow ourselves to hone in more deeply to the music or conversation. Well, you are [...]

1 09, 2017

The Power of Silence

By | 2017-08-15T11:21:49+00:00 September 1st, 2017|News articles|0 Comments

While I have known that silence can be a powerful tool in my mediation tool box, I never really thought about until I read a recent article posted on the BBC news website called “The subtle power of uncomfortable silences ” by Lennox Morrison (July 18,2017). (“Article”) The article examines what we all know innately; [...]

11 08, 2017

Time, Money and Happiness

By | 2017-08-02T11:22:51+00:00 August 11th, 2017|News articles|0 Comments

The BBC News service posted an interesting article (July 25, 2017) entitled “Time, not material goods, ‘raises happiness’” by Helen Briggs. The article discusses a study in which individuals reported greater happiness when they paid others to do their chores. Dr. Elizabeth Dunn, a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia in Canada conducted [...]

14 04, 2017

Some More Truths About Alternative Facts

By | 2017-05-13T07:40:09+00:00 April 14th, 2017|News articles|0 Comments

If you have not yet figured it out, this notion of “alternative facts” intrigues me. (This is my third blog about it!) I think it is because as a mediator, I witness “alternative facts” quite frequently. No party is “lying” to me; in telling her story to me, she is simply telling me the “facts” as [...]

7 04, 2017

Looking for Happiness!

By | 2017-05-13T07:40:11+00:00 April 7th, 2017|News articles|0 Comments

Well… we missed it again! International Day of Happiness was March 20, 2017, according to the United Nations High Level Meeting on happiness and well-being. But, perhaps, missing it was not such a bad thing. According to the report, Norway ranks first followed by Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland. The United States ranks 19th in contrast [...]