By Sara OremSara Orem, Ph.D, is a longtime OLLI instructor, member and volunteer.The guiding principle of the philosophy of Appreciative Inquiry (an early creation within positive psychology), is to begin any project, or develop any idea with the question: What is working now and how can I build on...
By Hugh Winig, M.D.Dr. Winig is a retired psychiatrist and a longtime OLLI @Berkeley member and volunteerAmerica is now at the 1 million mark of its citizenry who have died due to the COVID pandemic. This is more than the number of Americans who died in the Civil War and World War II combined and...
 Pamela Rose is a San Francisco jazz and blues vocalist who has thrilled audiences locally and internationally with her swinging, soulful style. With seven recordings under her belt, Rose has toured nationally, celebrating remarkable women in blues and jazz. She is on the faculty of the California...
Sara's daughter PaigeBy Sara OremSara Orem, Ph.D, is a longtime OLLI instructor, member and volunteer.Driving North to Black River Falls, a small midwestern town half-way between Minneapolis, where my youngest daughter lives, and Madison, where I was spending Christmas with my oldest daughter,...
By Hugh Winig, M.D.Dr. Winig is a retired psychiatrist and a longtime OLLI @Berkeley member and volunteerThe “United” States of America, “the home of the free and the land of the brave”, is in crisis. The vision of our nation being a “melting pot” is that people of different ethnicities and...
By Hugh Winig, M.D.Dr. Winig is a retired psychiatrist and a longtime OLLI @Berkeley member and volunteerThere are many words that help describe the characteristics one might desire in quality human relationships. These would certainly include “trust” as well as having a “covenantal commitment” to...
Deborah Gold, M.D. practiced in the field of infectious disease for 31 years in a teaching hospital and treated diseases including tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and infections involving bones and heart valves. She has given more than thirty medical center grand rounds on topics such as Zika,...
By Sara OremSara Orem, Ph.D, is a longtime OLLI instructor, member and volunteerThere’s Shelley briskly walking uphill on Solano to the Brazilian coffee shop. Ellen and Joe walk their neighborhood every morning. Harriet prepares delicious vegan meals for herself and her housemate. Fred curls up on...
Bryan Méndez is an astronomer and education specialist dedicated to sharing the inspirational wonder and beauty of the universe. He teaches astronomy and physics at UC Berkeley; develops educational resources for students, teachers, and the public; and conducts professional development for science...
By Hugh Winig, M.D.Dr. Winig is a retired psychiatrist and a longtime OLLI @Berkeley member and volunteerSome people pray to God believing literally that their message will be heard by a supreme being who will respond. Others, termed agnostics, believe that the existence of a supreme being is not...

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