KeithAblow.com

IN THE INTERNET AGE, GRYPHON EDITIONS IS ONE PUBLISHER THAT STILL LUXURIATES IN THE CREATIVE PROCESS

I recently was fortunate to have my book To Wrestle with Demons: A Psychiatrist Struggles to Understand His Patients and Himself published in a leather-bound collector’s edition by Gryphon Editions’ Classics of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Library Holding the book in my hands made me think a little bit about …

KeithAblow.com

DR. KEITH ABLOW AND COMMANDER KIRK LIPPOLD USN (Ret.) LAUNCH EFFORT TO CURB VETERAN SUICIDES

Boston, MA For Immediate Release According to a recent Veteran’s Department study, more than 20 veterans and active duty personnel commit suicide each day. A prior VA study put that number closer to 22. The toll of military service could not be starker than the way it manifests in those …

KeithAblow.com

Is This the Question God Will Ask You When You Die?

The great novelist J.D. Salinger got a lot of things right. Among them, he wrote that one of the only questions that will be asked of us when we die is this: Were most of your stars out? Now, obviously, no one can know God’s plans for us. And I …

KeithAblow.com

HOW TO TRULY MOVE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE OR YOUR CREATIVE WORK

None of us has time or words to spare, when you really think about it. Our lives on the planet are brief, and our opportunities to impact others are not infinite. Given this, I want to share three ways I believe you can truly move people when you interact with …

KeithAblow.com

Five Keys to Giving the Best Speech of Your Life

There are plenty of resources that provide advice on delivering a speech and which focus on organizing the material, providing visuals, selecting a topic and being a commanding presence. My advice is more ambitious: What keys make a speech something that changes people, in meaningful ways, within the scope of …

KeithAblow.com

Is This the Best Advice to Fiction Writers, Ever Given?

There’s plenty of good advice there for fiction writers. Some of it, by the way, is contained in the work of the late Gary Provost (www.garyprovost.com), who created the Video Novel Workshop. The workshop is now available as a free download, but I bought that series of DVDs from Gary …

KeithAblow.com

“No One Walks in and Gets a Talk Show, Greg” Why you should take every shot you get.

I still remember about 12 years ago, sitting with my television agent Greg Lipstone at a sandwich shop in Los Angeles. Greg was one of the heads of television for the mega-entertainment agency William Morris. We had a few meetings scheduled with television show runners to talk about a drama …

KeithAblow.com

Creative Crisis Management

A crisis is a disruption in one’s life story, whether the particular disruption is personal, professional or political. That’s why every crisis requires creative vision, in order to emerge with as little damage as possible—or, preferably, stronger than ever. In the midst of the crisis, it can be difficult to …

KeithAblow.com

The All Important “Deck” to Secure Start-up Funding

Starting a business has an inevitable element of storytelling to it. First of all, it all starts with an idea, just like a novel does. The idea is an answer to this question: “What if?” Here are three examples: • What if people could . . . ? • What …

KeithAblow.com

DON’T BE AFRAID TO LOOK AWAY FROM THE CAMERA (AND THREE OTHER TIPS FOR TV INTERVIEWS)

For executives, authors, attorneys or anyone who is not a veteran of on-camera work, it can be daunting when a news event or a publicity tour means going in front of the camera. Sitting in a small room for a satellite interview, with an earpiece in your ear and a …

Local Interest

Don’t fear fungus: High in nutrients, mushrooms pack immune-boosting punch

Mushrooms are just beginning to get their due attention from Americans, who are finally shedding their fear of the f-word: fungus. While we have long prized blueberries and kale, and even dark chocolate and coffee, as “superfoods,” we’ve failed to give mushrooms the credit they deserve. When we do eat …

Local Interest

Flexible Fitness: Getting a jump on the dance season

This time of year, many dance students have returned to their studios after having the summer, or at least part of August, off. Some have moved up a level. Others are auditioning for dance pieces or a spot in a company. Everyone is looking forward to the new repertory they’ll …

Local Interest

What’s Up Doc? Skin cancer during childhood

Question: Is there really a genetic condition that can make someone get skin cancer during childhood?Answer: I am not sure if you are referring to xeroderma pigmentosum — XP, although there are other possibilities — but since that condition fits your question it will be the topic of today’s column.Normally, …

Local Interest

The patient-doctor relationship needs repair

The patient-doctor relationship has evolved over centuries. In ancient times health was determined by mystical forces or the mythological gods. The Greeks had Zeus, Apollo and Asclepius. The Romans adopted Aesculapius and revered Mercury and his healing wand – The Caduceus.In modern times, the sick appeal to their healing divinities, …

Local Interest

What’s Up Doc? Is it Dupuytren’s contracture or trigger finger?

Question: I have an issue with my middle finger which has gotten worse, and now I cannot bend it. I thought it was a trigger finger, but my doctor said it is Dupuytren’s. What’s the difference?Answer: The muscles that flex and extend the fingers are in the forearm, connected to …

Local Interest

What’s Up Doc? Methemoglobinemia

Question: Is there really a disease that makes your blood look chocolate-colored?Answer: Oxygen binds to the iron in heme, a protein in red blood cells, RBCs; this iron is normally in the reduced ferrous form, Fe2+, and this oxygenated ferrous iron is what makes the blood look red. The oxygen …