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Joseph Cramer, M.D.

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We can choose whether we are interested or interesting. One can be both. Elements that make a person interested include agency (courage), awareness (selflessness), attention (focus, time) and attunement (love).
There are so many rocks in Gaelic territories that everything is made from them: walls, roads, buildings, more walls, homes, roofs, castles — did I also mention walls — abbeys and monasteries all ar...
It is humbling to see the constant reminders of the United Kingdom’s sacrifice wherever one travels around the islands. Sadly, WWI proved not to be the war that ended all wars.
We stand three times taller than a typical child. We'd have to cozy up to a mammoth 18 feet tall to get the same feeling. Imagine how tall a chair or a crib would seem. Picture your house as a gigantic dollhous...
Recently, my wife almost burned down the house. She was cooking some vegetables and forgot to turn off the oven. No, she did not do it on purpose. She was not plotting insurance fraud or to destroy the whole ki...
Individuals alone choose not to perform a push-up or sit-up. They take the elevator not the stairs. They are the makers of their schedule and stewards of their time and talents. They read or don’t. They s...
Small is big. Change does not have to be disruptive in volume or degree to be important. Even the action of thought to do better is beyond and far above the cold and dead zero. Pulling the plug on TV is big. Op...
What does it mean to be forsaken or for us to forsake? Wouldn’t be nice if the evil of the world felt forsaken? The bad guys would look around for the young, the foolish or the infirm to join them but fin...
With emotional education, anyone without training can still learn. It is a skill, not a gift. It is a way of doing interpersonal business in which, with effort and some tutelage, a person can become an expert.
At this time of the year, with schools closing for the summer, kids are honored for their achievements. One award stands out: perfect attendance. To have perfect emotional attendance, a person has to be aware o...