By Sara OremSara Orem, Ph.D, is a longtime OLLI instructor, member and volunteerI know that healthcare has changed over the last 5 years and particularly the last 2.5 years. Since the beginning of COVID, most physician’s appointments have been by video and/or the telephone. This was necessary and...
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...
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 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...
Sara embracing both clouds and skyBy Sara OremSara Orem, Ph.D, is a longtime OLLI instructor, member and volunteer.Last week I had a Holter monitor pasted to my chest after the technician warned me that he was going to torture me (by sandpapering my chest to create enough roughness so that the...
I had just spent an hour whining to my friend Barbara about how blah I felt with each additional day of isolation in this pandemic. I am an extrovert. My husband is an introvert. Some days he doesn’t talk to me unless I beg him to.However, after a brisk walk through the campus of the University of...
 At the end of my second appointment with the head of hematology at the University of California, San Francisco, the doctor asked me how I was handling my diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. I said I really didn’t think about it very much.He laughed and said, “In your case, denial is...
 In a recent Monday writing group, a friend and fellow member wrote about his years at a boutique accounting firm in San Francisco at the time of early computer assisted auditing. That small firm became a giant international one through mergers.Many of us have lived through mergers — in banking,...