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Nepotism in the News

12 Jul

It’s 5 a.m. here on Martha’s Vineyard, and the fog horns are going nonstop because of - well, the fog.  It will always be a sound I love, a deep, low, repeating signal of safety and coziness. (And hopefully it’s keeping ships away from the rocks too, more than just yummy background noise for the folks out on boats, looking to avoid danger, which, I guess, is the whole point….)  I know there are relaxation audios of waves and birds and whales… but I’d really go for one with just a fog horn.

I’m very happy to report that we’re starting to get a lot more orders for our CDs from the military…. Playaways, too.  We just sent 500 guided imagery CDs for pain to Landstuhl Military Hospital in Germany, where so many injured troops from Iraq and Afghanistan wind up. This is very important, to be giving our injured soldiers something they can implement themselves, if and when they feel like using it, for pain relief.  Sometimes patients just don’t want to get all gorked out on a pain pill (especially if they have visitors or some other reason to stay alert), but still they need to have something.

It makes all of us at HJ very happy to think that they’re maybe getting some comfort and respite from these audios.  It really does look like the DoD is starting to catch up with the V.A., in terms of hotspots of interest in guided imagery.  

The beach brings nonstop family to visit, and I’ve got a houseful right now.  My very newest, super-talented daughter-in-law, Anne Le Guern, just showed me the most enchanting, whimsical, stylish page of drawings she’s put together, to create cards and invites for people.  

I’m inspired to give her a shamelessly nepotistic shoutout, ‘cause I know I’ll be doing my readers a favor anyway...  You gotta check these out - scroll down this here page !

I like the way she personalizes them.  I plan to have her copy a very fun family photo portrait I’ve got from the wedding, and let her whimsicalize it into note cards - she sometimes adds this amazing stitching, which I’ll be opting for...). If you decide to contact her, please tell her I sent you!


It shows the importance of using and honoring your body at work (i.e., it’s not there just to hold up your head) . Too many of us do incremental damage to ourselves with the weird dichotomy of being very sedentary at work, and then seeking physical activity on our off hours.  This video shows how to do both at the same time, even with a desk job at a computer.

It’s being used by corporate health departments, hospitals and medical practices, and it’s getting special enthusiasm from certified diabetes educators and nurse practitioners - for obvious reasons.

And I cannot complete this disgusting, kid-in-law brag-fest without mention of my beatific scientist-jock son-in-law, Tom Hund, (known in grade school as “Little Einstein”).  He has no wares to sell, but when he’s not chasing after his two scrumptious little guys, he’s solving mathematical cardiac puzzles on arrhythmia and ischemia, and doing crazy experiments with lasers and electron microscopes and who knows what. Truth be told, nobody around here knows what he does exactly. His web page starts out like this:

Dr. Hund's research interests include computer modeling of the cardiac action potential, calcium transient and intracellular signaling pathways, the role of CaMKII in electrical remodeling and arrhythmias post-infarction, and regulation of gap junctions and cell-cell communication during myocardial ischemia.

Sounds like a standup routine from Professor Irwin Corey, if you ask me. But we’re all very proud of him and his incomprehensible work, just the same.  

Well, I don’t know how I got started on all this, but enough already.  One of these days, I may even brag about my actual kids.  But I’ll stop now before you overdose on my gooey sentiments.  As it is, you’re probably churning out more insulin than you can use.

OK, Take care and be well!
All best,
Belleruth & Famille
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award