When clients come into my office for the first time, they fill out a brief form. One of the questions is “What is your goal for therapy?” In all of my years of practice, no one has said they want to be happy.

I can certainly appreciate and understand one wanting a lessening of pain, depression, anxiety or relationship struggles. I am not inferring that citing these as a goal is inappropriate. But I am aware that many do not think of happiness as a goal. 

Face coverings the new normal; maintaining physical distance, while maintaining social connections essential

By March 15, the seven public health officers from Bay Area counties and the City of Berkeley had watched with alarm as COVID-19 spread through Wuhan, China, then devastated Italy where doctors were forced to ration ventilators. They knew they had to act quickly to avoid a similar outcome, so on March 16, they jointly issued the nation’s first shelter-in-place (SIP) order.

Pine-scented Lysol is very likely to corrode your ilocecal valves and is particularly tough on the first 30 feet of the duodenum, to say nothing of the irritating discomfort.

Life is always full of pluses and minuses. On the plus side our streets are cleaner. On the minus side I haven’t seen a partially eaten burrito in weeks! You can no longer count on an evening’s stroll to find fast-food containers with fries or burger remnants sitting by the wayside. This virus is really taking a toll on my secret pleasures.

At a meeting set for today, Thursday, May 14, City Manager, Eric Levitt, will be seeking direction from the Mayor’s Economic Development Advisory Panel on the creation of a COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force. The proposed goal is to create a short- to mid-term plan to bolster economic recovery in Alameda as public health requirements shift and businesses start to reopen under a “new normal.”