Stuart Kelter interviews Dr. Pesach Lichtenberg, the former Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the director of a closed psychiatric hospital ward for 25 years before being fired for implementing ideas that violated mainstream psychiatric principles. He went on to become the founder and professional director of Soteria Israel, a non-profit organization that provides a home-like, non-coercive alternative to psychiatric hospitalization for recovery from acute psychosis and other extreme states. This model is on the verge of becoming the new mainstream model of acute psychiatric care in Israel.
Robert Gill, Jr. wrote the book Happiness Power: How to Unleash Your Power and Lead a More Joyful Life, which he published on Teaching Press. He joined host Rev. Xolani Kacela for a lively conversation. Robert Gill, Jr. shared many important insights about happiness and the research he’s gathered in response to recognizing how many Americans experience unhappiness. He talked about the various “powers” that happiness creates for people. Much of it, he shared, originates from being an optimist. Also, Gill discussed the benefits of optimism and how people can learn how to be happy. He explained the relationship between happiness and gratitude. Furthermore, explored how things, including money, related to happiness. Gill got into self-kindness and generosity as paths to joy and happiness.
Holy Cross Retreat Center (Mesilla Park) Director Father Tom Smith spoke with Lynn Moorer about his book “Poor Tom”: Living With Our Limitations, which was written for people who’ve experienced loss or limitation in their life, which, he says, is just about everybody. Amidst passages that impart guidance, his book shares vignettes from his life beginning when he was two and one-half years old and lost his right leg when his foot was caught in a hammer mill. Within his large Catholic family where he was loved, encouraged, and treated similarly to each of his other nine siblings, he relearned how to walk—first with crutches, then with a prosthesis, then played and explored alongside fellow children and youth. Sensing that God has been with him every step of the way, he chose seminary and a Franciscan life which has allowed him to minister to others while living with other friars. For eleven years, Father Tom has led the retreat’s ministry to and accommodation of numerous asylum seekers, homeless persons, and persons needing sanctuary in addition to hosting retreats.
Las Cruces Bulletin publisher Richard Coltharp and editor Dave Burge inform listeners about what's going on in Las Cruces and highlight some of the articles in the new issue of the newspaper.
Lisa Lucca chats with publisher, author, and change agent Brooke Warner about her publishing career, her Green-Light Revolution TEDx Talk, and the power of creating your life on your own terms.
On this edition of Speak Up Las Cruces, co-hosts Peter Goodman and Shirley Baca talked to guests:
A few years ago I was scammed by callers claiming to offer a great deal on my satellite TV service. I felt bad about losing the money, but felt worse about being duped.
It’s a human reaction. All of us like to think we’re too savvy to be taken in, and it stings the pride to admit it when we’re not.
Guest host Greg Smith talked about the 50th Anniversary Renaissance ArtsFaire with his guests Jim Vorenberg, Linda Moore, and Randy Granger. It will occur on the 6th and 7th of November this year and this year theme is "Bridging Cultures," as it looks at both the Renaissance in Europe and the arts and culture on this side of the Atlantic. It will be back in Young Park again where it has been so many times in the past.
On today's Think Again program, host Randy Harris shares an unscripted, spontaneous conversation with his son Mick Harris - a post-pandemic, millennial professional from residing now in the Pacific Northwest.
The younger Mr. Harris shares candid views on post-pandemic reconnecting with others, how we relate to media/news/politics/religion, our personal and collective relationships to pressing social and environmental issues, and the internal and external responsibilities we face as we move further into the 21st Century - and more.
Dr. Matthew Welsh founded the Spiritual Media Blog, which hosts interviews and resources for readers and communities. He joined host Rev. Xolani Kacela for a lively conversation, sharing his story of leaving his law career, earning a Ph.D. in psychology, and going into practice. He also sees patients at the Veteran Affairs Center in Indianapolis. Importantly, the interview covered how mental health and spirituality merge. Surprisingly, Matt Welsh revealed half of his blog’s content is targeted to people seeking resources for a better life. Most of his guests practice non-traditional spirituality. Dr. Welsh shared how writing his novel helped him deal with important life issues and discover his purpose.
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