Category Archives: Category A

Social Problem Solving

Looking through the rear mirror

When navigating  the life whatever you are, social challenges may seem to present themselves dead locked.  By the time one solves one problem the next problem comes up.  The most recent social challenge in  America is the racism and disconnect between whites and blacks in policing our assets. Tomorrow, with shift in demographics, it could be any body.  It is interesting to pay attention  how an improved society try to solve a problem. The newly appointed FBI director’s approach is ….Read on

Liability Issues of a Recommendation Letter

Liability issues of a Letter of Recommendation (LOR)?

Randi W. v. Muroc Joint Unified School District, 60 Cal. Rptr. 2d 263 (1977) writers of LOR (Letter of Reference) knew that the former employee had been accused of making sexual advances toward students. Despite this, they recommended him for any position, without reservation.  The person was hired and sexually molested a female student. The student sued the former employer and the California Supreme Court held that “the writer of a LOR owes a duty to prospective employers and third persons not to misrepresent the facts is describing the qualifications and character of a former employee, if making those representations would present a substantial, foreseeable risk of physical injury to the prospective employer or third persons.”   Read on

On the road to happiness

A measure of mood booster

A mathematical model representation of mood booster has been  applied by researchers at the Max Planck UCL (University College London) Center for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research to determine what causes it.   According to the study author and neurologist Robb Rutledge, “Happiness is not about how well you are doing in general but rather if you are doing better than expected.”  Can we use this knowledge to boost our own well-being?  Read on


When you suspect some loved one is depressed

Gently extend your support – it makes a difference and most of the times it is the only thing that’s needed. Read on….

Is it a gene?

Have I inherited the gene that has robbed her of so much of life’s joy? Read on….

Should states cut funding for mental-health     c are? Hey no.

Three years after the Sandy Hook mass shooting…..Read on

San Bernardino shooters long were radicals …. Read on


Flight 9525

Flight 9525 Crash was not an accident (3_26_2015):
Flight recordings point to a deliberate act by co-pilot. Read on

Co-pilot in jet crash said to have had depression(3_27_2015). Read  on

Lively Arts

Classical Music & Dance

If not lively, these forms of art do not fully touch audience heart. The survival of an art needs appreciation from the supporters and sponsors.  The article to follow here describes a sponsor and why he sponsors it.  The most important point here is that the sponsor couple’s $33 M investment in the community is because of the fact that the family cannot fully appreciate, even a classical performance of “The Nutcracker” in Kennedy Center without live music. They say, “We noticed that there is no live musics recently.  And a ballet without live music is very difficult, because it’s a kind of communication between the musicians and the dancers.” Read on

Social Issues

Marijuana decriminalization – a perspective

The push to legalize marijuana is very intense.

India is one of many countries where marijuana is legalized. Many Odias living in North America may have first hand experience of socially using this. In not too distant past when alcoholic drinking was not socially acceptable, marijuana was in forms of delicious mixes. As a matter of fact there were some religious days (Pana Sankrati) on which it was a drink for celebration. In some temples it is a regular drink of choice by priests and public. In modern days both alcohol and marijuana drinks are legal. From this point of view we may have direct experience with both. Can we comment? Read on

What is Marijuana?

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From the pen of a Heroin user

An overdose almost killed me.  But I could not make myself stop.  Read on

Pot-smoking parents: What about the kids? Read on