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How PTSD can transcend generations

How PTSD can transcend generations

This is most definitely a ghost story, but just as definitely is not about “ghosts” as they ordinarily come to mind.

Instead of visitations of disembodied spirits, Maryland psychologist-turned-novelist Michael Mil- graum addresses wounded spirits — and the ghosts he refers to are those of our past, even our ancestral, experiences.

Post-traumatic stress and its attendant psychological complications can come from any number of unfortunate events in our past — abuse or neglect as children, sexual abuse, encounters with excessive grief or violence.

These legacies of past trauma — ghosts, if you will — can be stubbornly destructive forces in people’s lives. They can very literally ruin lives.

But they can also be overcome.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 September 2012 11:42 )


Paralympics: Gershony nets Israel’s first gold

Paralympics: Gershony nets Israel’s first goldJERUSALEM — Israeli tennis player Noam Gershony won a gold medal in men’s singles at the London Paralympics games. Gershony, a former Israeli Air Force pilot who was injured in a crash during the Second Lebanon War in 2006, defeated American David Wagner on Sept. 8 to win Israel’s first gold medal at the Games and the first for the country since 2004. It was Israel’s seventh medal at the 2012 Games. Gershony began playing tennis less than two years ago, Ynet reported. “I was very e...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 September 2012 11:39 )

The Dybbuk is back

The Dybbuk is backLOS ANGELES — Thought your daughter’s odd behavior was just another preteen phase? There may be an alternate explanation: The dybbuk is back. The malevolent spirit from 16th-century Jewish mysticism and folklore reappears in “The Possession,” a Hollywood film featuring Matisyahu and Kyra Sedgwick that opened last week. In keeping with the times, the spirit has migrated from the Eastern European shtetl of S. Ansky’s play “The Dybbuk” to contemporary American suburbia and the home...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 September 2012 04:23 )


From homelessness to Paralympian

From homelessness to ParalympianBALTIMORE — Tahl Leibovitz spent much of his adolescence riding New York City’s subways — not for transportation or because of the trains’ allure. The subways were where Leibovitz lived. A troubled home and problems at school got Leibovitz kicked out of both places. Daytime, he wandered. At night, he rode the trains. Now, at 37, Leibovitz is flying to London to compete in the Paralympics, the international event for athletes with physical handicaps that runs Aug. 29-Sept. 6. A world-...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 August 2012 10:46 )


All-female cast stages 'Willy Wonka'

All-female cast stages 'Willy Wonka'The musical "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" performed by the Jewish Denver Drama Girls will be brought to the stage by an all-female cast, Sunday, Aug. 26, 4 p.m., at Aish Denver. There will be one performance only for women and girls (and boys under age seven). The classic story is about five golden ticket winners receiving a factory tour at the famous Wonka Chocolate Factory and the antics and adventures that happen there, with singing and dancing along the way.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 August 2012 09:10 )

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