PRAISE: a blog

All that's amazing and a little science, too.

December 23, 2018

Just because the holidays are supposed to be so happy, so filled with family and close loved-ones, these days are particularly hard for those of us who feel alone. How sharply we feel the loss of our beloved ones who have left us. How important it is now to reach out a...

October 23, 2018

1. A gray squirrel climbing upside down on the gray, shaggy bark of a hickory, bright morning sun caught in its fur, surrounded by green leaves going orange and yellow.

2. All things fluffy:





(Naps are fluffy, too.)

Blue and white clouds 


October 10, 2018

Adorable, yes. But your dog is not your baby. True, they’re loving, affectionate, loyal, smart, great friends and companions and so darn cute. But they are not your babies. For one thing, they are so much easier than babies: always even-tempered, fun, cuddly and, best...

October 2, 2018

One of the really fun things about living in New York City is people-watching. I was walking behind a gorgeous woman (above) in elegant clothes when I suddenly thought about all the different ways people dress in this city. We dress up and dress down, but usually we wa...

September 28, 2018

I love wonderful stories, whatever the medium – books, audiobooks, movies, and TV – and I found a new one recently on Netflix called “Maniac.”

“Maniac” is a 10-episode, 2018 Netflix miniseries original, based on

a series created by Hakon Bast Mossige and Espen PA Lerva...

September 24, 2018

Kudos to those creatures of morning who can shower, dress, and be off to work before their first cup of coffee. Me, within moments opening my eyes and rolling out of my sleepy cocoon, I’m making my first cup.

Coffee is what makes getting out of bed worthwhile. When it’s...

September 20, 2018

Last week, I had the honor of being included in a workshop that focused on my late sister’s work – peace research. My sister, Randy Forsberg, was an expert on world nuclear arms and disarmament, as well as a peace activist. She authored the proposal that helped launch...

September 17, 2018

Never have the weeds seemed more lush than this Labor Day weekend. They are crowding the sides of the roads, the cracks in the pavement, vacant lots and occupied territory. Their vitality is overwhelming the neighborhood.

How appropriate for Labor Day, the upstart of 18...

August 30, 2018

Ajax, a beagle, is the sweetest, stupidest, most stubborn dog I have ever known. He’s pretty typical of hounds, which don’t always make the greatest pets. His consciousness revolves around three things: Love, Smells and Food.

When he was a tiny puppy, Ajax liked to lie...

August 25, 2018

There was a couple strolling past that, for me, expressed the essence of the beach. They’d been for married for a long time. You could tell in the careless way they strolled apart and yet together. He with graying hair and loose shirt fluttering over a once-firm belly....

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Why write a blog called PRAISE?

A healthy and happy life is based on gratitude. Check the science. Gratitude for the simple, everyday awesome things in life contributes to physical health as well as mental health. Depression causes physical pain as much as pain causes depression. Save your own heart! Steep your life in the language of praise.