Book Review – Just Sit

Meditation is an excellent practice for health and mental health, but it can be challenging to learn. Just Sit: A Meditation Guidebook for People Who Know They Should But Don’t is a book for anyone familiar with the challenge, but who wants to learn to meditate. The book is exactly what the title says. It…

Youth and Hate

Teenagers ask all kinds of questions, about anything if you invite them, and so I wasn’t surprised to be asked many questions about hate last Friday. Last Friday’s terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand is very frightening for people of all ages. For many of the questions I was asked, I had some answers. I…

Book Review – Streetopia

I have been reading and considering the message of Streetopia for about one month. The book Streetopia provides an account of the exhibition Streetopia held in May 2012 in San Francisco. The exhibition was intended to be a celebration of the radical art and political movements in San Francisco since its founding. The book considers…

Cyberbullying by App

I have written about cyberbullying before. In fact, I have spoken on numerous occasions about cyberbullying and helped to develop information for parents, educators and child welfare experts on how to prevent cyberbullying. However, it seems as though the efforts of bullies are more powerful those of people like you and me who would prevent…

How to Deal with a Bully

I had my first experience with bullying when I was 5 years old. Struggling with my high energy and tendency to experiment with dangerous household items, my mother was able to convince the school principal to let me start Grade 1 early. I was noticeably shorter than all the other kids around me and by…

The Sundancer

Since I participated in a Blanket Exercise about one month ago, I have given much time to contemplating how I can be a better psychiatrist to indigenous youth. It happened that around the same time that I participated in the Blanket Exercise, I was also reading a book, Little Yellow House, by Carissa Halton. One…