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Though he's been farming pigs for years in upstate New York, Bob Comis finds that his views are beginning to shift, and he questions the foundations of the work he poured his soul into.
He wonders, is there really a humane way to kill animals? 
The Last Pig is a documentary that beautifully captures the farmer's changing outlook over the course of several seasons. 

This documentary also introduces us into what a vegan lifestyle looks and tastes like. 

Arrive at 6:30 pm and enjoy vegan soup and vegan snacks compliments of Natural Grocers

Documentary starts at 7 pm.   Complimentary and open to the public. 

Location is the fellowship hall within Walnut Hill United Methodist Church.   

 RSVP here 

This sensorial evening has been made possible by our sponsors: 

  

 

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Documentary: Fearless

 

 

FEARLESS follows the journey of documentarian Maura Smith as she seeks to discover who in the Catholic church is what Pope Francis describes as "fearlessly open to the working of the Holy Spirit" in his encyclical Evangelii Gaudium. 

Expert commentary within the documentary is given by two theologians, Dr. Mary Healey and Dr. Ralph Martin who sit on the Pontifical Bible Commission and the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. 

Event details:

Tuesday, Nov. 14th

Showtime: 7 pm

Studio Movie Grill located at NE corner of Royal Ln. & N. Central Expressway 

Free admission - RSVP here 

Short link to share with others:  http://tinyurl.com/FearlessNov14

With appreciation to Knights of Columbus Dallas #799 ,  Kingsmen and DocumentaryEvents® for bringing this film to the big screen. 

 

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Documentary Screening & Discussion with Filmmaker

'The Connection: Mind your Body' is a film about how frontier research is proving that there is a direct connection between your mind and your health.

The film features interviews with scientists, researchers, writers and doctors such as:

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D
Herbert Benson, M.D.
Alice Domar, Ph.D.
Sara Lazar, Ph.D.
Dean Ornish, M.D.
David Spiegel, M.D. 
Esther Sternberg, M.D. 
Andrew Weil, M.D.
 

In addition, the film weaves in true stories of people adding mind-body practices to their healing toolkit.

View film trailer

Filmmaker & Journalist Shannon Harvey will conduct Q&A after the film screening.

Wednesday, October 18th 

Doors Open: 6:30 pm

Movie Starts: 7:00 pm

Location: Studio Movie Grill - NE corner of Royal/Central Expressway

Complimentary admission 

RSVP link 

Brought to you by Documentary Events® 

 

 

Thanks to Seniors BlueBook-Dallas for offering 1.5 credits Social Work CEUs to licensed professionals who attend this event. 

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CAREGIVERS is a documentary which takes us on a journey into a world the public rarely views.  

Learn about the emotional costs experienced by professional providers such as nurses, social workers, clinical psychologists, doctors,

law enforcement, firefighters, first responders who rescue, assist, and when possible heal the injured and traumatized.  

This documentary helps us explore the human sides of these occupations and the professionals’ response to trauma known as Compassion Fatigue or Secondary Traumatic Stress.

The film is one of hope as caregivers openly discuss their ways of coping and recovering from toxic stress in the workplace.

Admission is complimentary.  Click here to RSVP. 

Tuesday, Sept. 19th 

Studio Movie Grill located at NE corner of Royal Ln. / N. Central Expy. 

Doors Open: 6:30 pm 

Movie starts: 7:00 pm 

Q&A afterwards with Denette Mann, LPC-S, RPT-S  and Denny Burris, Retired Chaplain and Firefighter, Dallas Fire Department

 
 
This activity will offer 
1.5 CEU's for Licensed Professionals
The purpose of this event is to 
expand the participant's knowledge 
on a)Secondary Trauma and b) Coping Skills from toxic stress.
Accreditation:  Green Oaks Behavioral Healthcare Services is accredited by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and is therefore, according to the Texas Department of Health, able to issue continuing education for all Social Work Disciplines, by the Texas Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), Psychologists (Ph.D.), and Certification and Recertification for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (LCDC).   
 
 
Questions?  Please reach out to Diane@DianeMarketing.com 
 
 
 
 
 
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Michael Weisberg, M.D. believes in the power of role models.  When asked why he became a physician, Dr. Weisberg immediately credits the kindness of his childhood pediatrician, Dr. Kopp.  Frequently sick as a child, Dr. Weisberg would receive regular house calls by Dr. Kopp.  His father would describe to him how Dr. Kopp would carry his medical bag in one hand and with the other hand, he would pull himself up and climb step-by-step until he reached his room on the second floor.  “Here was a man who was stricken with polio as a child and as a result, lost the use of one of his legs,” says Dr. Weisberg, “ but that didn’t stop him from being a doctor.”  His pediatrician’s gentle disposition and perseverance inspired Dr. Weisberg to pursue medicine.

Today Dr. Weisberg reflects on medicine, his 26 years as a Gastroenterologist in Plano and the changes he has seen in the concept of doctor-patient relationships.  He has channeled both his experience and creative writing talent into the fictional thriller, The Hospitalist.  

Q. Why did you write The Hospitalist ?

MW.  First of all, I’ve written all my life.  My hobby and passion has always been writing.  I came across a problem in medicine that I felt no one was talking about or addressing. The doctor who had taken care of you for 5, 10 or 15 years was willing to take care of you as long as you were well.  However, once you were sick and went to the hospital, a whole new set of doctors took care of you. They were called ‘the hospitalists.’  These doctors didn’t know you or have any history of taking care of you.  Most of the time, things went well.  Doctors in America do a good job overall.  However, at times in the absence of having any history with a patient or not knowing the family’s wishes for the patient, disaster could strike.  Someone needed to write a book to illustrate how the art of medicine has become the business of medicine in the 21st century.

 Q.  What do you think is a key takeaway from your book?

 MW. “When you go to the hospital, it’s best to have an advocate with you - someone in the family or close friend that can be with you.  That person knows that your medication list has been given correctly, that you are seeing the proper doctors and that things are progressing the way they should.   

 Join Dr. Weisberg Saturday, May 20th at 2:00 pm - Lochwood Branch of the Dallas Public Library as he allows us more than a bedside view into a riveting novel of various characters who come in and out of each other’s lives and how they affect each other. 

Autographed paperback copies of The Hospitalist, will be available for purchase.  

The short video below gives you a feel for Dr. Weisberg's speaking style.  His website also features a TEDxSMU 2016 talk. 

  

 Quick recap of this complimentary event: 

Dr. Michael Weisberg and Author, The Hospitalist
Practicing Gastroenterologist in Plano for 26 years
 
Saturday, May 20th  
2:00 pm - Lochwood branch of Dallas Public Library located at 11221 Lochwood Blvd, Dallas, TX 75218 

 Questions?  Contact Diane Feffer at diane.feffer@me.com OR 972-670-7078  

 
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Michael Weisberg, M.D. believes in the power of role models.  When asked why he became a physician, Dr. Weisberg immediately credits the kindness of his childhood pediatrician, Dr. Kopp.  Frequently sick as a child, Dr. Weisberg would receive regular house calls by Dr. Kopp.  His father would describe to him how Dr. Kopp would carry his medical bag in one hand and with the other hand, he would pull himself up and climb step-by-step until he reached his room on the second floor.  “Here was a man who was stricken with polio as a child and as a result, lost the use of one of his legs,” says Dr. Weisberg, “ but that didn’t stop him from being a doctor.”  His pediatrician’s gentle disposition and perseverance inspired Dr. Weisberg to pursue medicine.

Today Dr. Weisberg reflects on medicine, his 26 years as a Gastroenterologist in Plano and the changes he has seen in the concept of doctor-patient relationships.  He has channeled both his experience and creative writing talent into the fictional thriller, The Hospitalist.  

Q. Why did you write The Hospitalist ?

MW.  First of all, I’ve written all my life.  My hobby and passion has always been writing.  I came across a problem in medicine that I felt no one was talking about or addressing. The doctor who had taken care of you for 5, 10 or 15 years was willing to take care of you as long as you were well.  However, once you were sick and went to the hospital, a whole new set of doctors took care of you. They were called ‘the hospitalists.’  These doctors didn’t know you or have any history of taking care of you.  Most of the time, things went well.  Doctors in America do a good job overall.  However, at times in the absence of having any history with a patient or not knowing the family’s wishes for the patient, disaster could strike.  Someone needed to write a book to illustrate how the art of medicine has become the business of medicine in the 21st century.

 Q.  What do you think is a key takeaway from your book?

 MW. “When you go to the hospital, it’s best to have an advocate with you - someone in the family or close friend that can be with you.  That person knows that your medication list has been given correctly, that you are seeing the proper doctors and that things are progressing the way they should.   

 Join Dr. Weisberg Saturday, May 20th at 2:00 pm - Lochwood Branch of the Dallas Public Library as he allows us more than a bedside view into a riveting novel of various characters who come in and out of each other’s lives and how they affect each other. 

Autographed paperback copies of The Hospitalist, will be available for purchase.  

The short video below gives you a feel for Dr. Weisberg's speaking style.  

  

 Quick recap of this complimentary event: 

Dr. Michael Weisberg and Author, The Hospitalist
Practicing Gastroenterologist in Plano for 26 years
 
Saturday, May 20th  
2:00 pm - Lochwood branch of Dallas Public Library located at 11221 Lochwood Blvd, Dallas, TX 75218 

 Questions?  Contact Diane Feffer at diane.feffer@me.com OR 972-670-7078  

 
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What novel are you currently reading?  Here is an upcoming one-day event that will connect you to several authors and their books.  

Dallas Public Library and Dallas Festival of Ideas are hosting Dallas Book Festival this Saturday, April 29th from 10 am to 6 pm 

A variety of non-fiction and fiction authors will be hosting discussions each hour on each floor of the Dallas Public Library located downtown.   

Here is a sampling of a few of the celebrated authors and speakers who will be featured on Saturday: 

Graphic novelist Kristen Radtke, creator of the lauded Imagine Wanting Only This

Andrew Solomon , author of Far & Away and the multiple-prize-winning Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

Greg Iles, author of best-selling Natchez Burning and The Bone Tree and the forthcoming Mississippi Blood

Randall Fuller, author of The Book That Changed America: How Darwin's Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation.

Denyse Schmidt, all-star quilter, will present "Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration".

Spend the afternoon on the fifth floor with Dallas-based authors such as: 

Harry Hunsicker, author of several thrillers including The Devil's Country, The Grid,  Shadow Boys and The Contractors. 

Clay G. Small, J.D., author of the page-turning novel, Heels Over Head and a professor at SMU Cox School of Business.  

Michael Weisberg, M.D., author of the medical thriller, The Hospitalist  and a featured presenter last year at TEDxSMU 

The programming also features a floor where select authors will be story-telling to children.  

For your convenience, here is a schedule listing the authors who will be featured on each floor of the library:   

http://dallasbookfestival.org/floorSchedule.php

For more information on the Dallas Book Festival, visit http://dallasbookfestival.org/about.php

What a wonderful way to line up your summer reading! 

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Dr. Michael Weisberg

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America’s health care system is broken and no longer works.  Many practicing physicians are unhappy with the way insurance companies control medicine.  Most patients are unsatisfied with the benefits they receive from the health insurance companies and with the lack of choice they have in who cares for them.  Patients are frustrated with the exorbitant cost of prescription medicine.  They wonder why this system often doesn’t allow them to receive the exact meds their doctor feels are best for them.

Any proposal to completely redo the health care system in the United States must address these problems and make it possible once again for small businesses to cover health care costs for their employees. Here are twelve suggested steps that our country should take to make our health care system great again. 

First, everyone from the poor to the wealthy must have health insurance.  No one should die because of lack of finances, and preventive medicine should be available to all.  Second, insurance has to be affordable, and no individual should go bankrupt due to health care costs.

Third, we propose that the federal government assume the role as a single party payer.  A possible start to fund this system would be for each employed person to pay 5 to 10 percent of their previous year’s income for health insurance on a sliding scale.  People who make less than $20,000 would be excluded from payment and receive charitable care.  Those with annual incomes of over $20,000, would pay 5 percent of their previous year’s income as a tax to the government.  The amount of payment would go up to a maximum of 10 percent for those earning over $500,000.  Everyone would have the same insurance and benefits.  Age and income would no longer determine what health care you receive.  Those over the age of 65 who are currently on Medicare would be put back into the pool of paying this tax based on their previous year’s income.

 Fourth, the insurance needs to be attractive to doctors.  Currently, the health insurance companies hold the upper hand, telling doctors how to practice medicine and what they are going to get paid, an amount that decreases yearly.  Doctors want their reimbursement to be commensurate with their education, training, workload and overall risks inherent in their chosen health care profession.
 

Fifth, build incentives for the drug companies.  There should be a cap on the retail cost that consumers pay for prescription drugs.  Allowing the pharmaceutical companies to have longer times to keep their drug patents may sustain the life span of products before generic knock-offs are produced. This may be one bargaining tool to eventually lowering the drugs’ cost to the consumer.

Sixth, we need to create a plan that completely eradicates health insurance companies and gets rid of this unnecessary and harmful costly middleman.  The cost of medicine has increased over time, partly due to new technology and better drugs, but also due to the colossus of health insurance companies.

Seventh, a select number of hospitals should be set up as Centers of Excellence where certain higher-end procedures such as brain surgery, heart surgery, joint replacement surgery, and transplant surgery are performed.  These centers would be chosen on the basis of best patient outcomes and lowest cost.  By selecting a few hospitals in each state and equipping them with the best surgeons and support staff, patients would have the best opportunity to have a successful surgery, and the complication rate which drives up cost would be reduced dramatically.

 Number eight on my plan is that all doctors would return to seeing Medicare patients.  Reimbursement and punitive regulations associated with Medicare have driven most doctors away from Medicare patients. If we had one health insurance plan for all Americans, we could stipulate that the payments to doctors would be the same whether the patient was 25 or 85 years old. We need a plan that ensures seniors receive health insurance equal to the rest of society. Seniors should contribute to insurance as long as their income keeps them eligible.

Number nine concerns catastrophic health events such as organ transplants.  We need a plan that funds catastrophic insurance through revenue generated from taxes on cigarettes, alcohol, and high-sugar beverages.  We could establish a maximum limit that a consumer would pay on a catastrophic health event (such as $50,000 with the rest of the payment covered by these “vice” taxes).

Number ten, the insurance has to be portable so that it can be used in any state since all Americans would have the same plan.

Number eleven, there can be no revocation of insurance due to pre-existing conditions.  Our health care pool is our entire country.  No one must be left behind regardless of their illness.

Finally, number twelve, there has to be insurance for those capable of paying nothing – either the very poor who make less than $20,000 a year, or the mentally or physically disabled who are unable to contribute their share to their health care.

This 12-step plan is woven from my 27 years as a practicing gastroenterologist. People feel that the health care system has failed them and want it to change.  The costs are astronomical, the medications are unaffordable, and all too often doctors don’t want to see them because of their age.  In my proposed plan, the patient costs would be fixed, there would be a cap on drug costs, and no one would be denied care due to age or pre-existing condition.  We are America, the world’s greatest country, yet we can only say our health care is as good as that offered to our poorest sickest citizen.  Under my proposed plan, we can honestly say that even the most underprivileged are afforded the best health care our country has to offer.

Michael F. Weisberg is a gastroenterologist and the author of the novel, The Hospitalist.

This article was written by Michael F. Weisberg, M.D. and originally published in KevinMD.com on February 23, 2017 

Link to original article: http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2017/02/12-steps-make-americas-health-care-great.html

Reprinted with permission from KevinMD.com 

Dr. Weisberg graduated in 1981 from Vanderbilt University Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1985 and completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.  He has been a practicing gastroenterologist in Plano for 27 years.  

Connect with him on Goodreads , view his TEDxSMU talk or visit  www.michaelfweisberg.com  

 

 

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Join Author Clay G. Small at Barnes & Noble Preston Royal this Saturday, Feb. 11th at 2 pm.  
Clay will be leading a complimentary discussion surrounding his newly released novel, Heels over Head.   
 
For thirty years, Clay worked for PepsiCo, Inc. where he was the general counsel of nearly all of PepsiCo's current and former divisions, including Frito-Lay, Pepsi-Cola, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and PepsiCo Wines & Spirits.  Clay served as the senior vice president - managing attorney, PepsiCo, Inc.  In that position, he was responsible for all legal matters arising out of PepsiCo's global operating divisions.  
Clay received his JD from Southern Methodist University (member of Law Review and Barristers).  
He is a professor within the Cox School of Business at SMU and is a member of the Law School Executive Committee.  To learn more, please visit the author's website  www.claysmall.com
 
Here is what others are saying about Heels Over Head
 
'The result is a fast-paced, involving read that moves through many changes as protagonist Henry faces some of the biggest choices of his life, only to find that many of them have come full circle from the past. 
Without spilling the beans, suffice it to say that even with Henry's actions, all is not as it seems - and the door is left well open for further insights even as events lead to many surprises and an unexpected outcome for all.'
                      D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review 
 
'Clay G. Small's Heels Over Head furiously kicks in from page one and keeps on kicking right through the enthralling story lines of how misinterpretations and grudges can turn into deadly revenge.  I found myself in an all-out sprint of reading to get to the finish!" 
                      Rusty Rueff, Appointee to The President's Advisory Committee for the Arts 
 
'A raucous ride through the worlds of hoity-toity academia and high-stakes finance with conflicting undercurrents of ruinous revenge, mistaken distrust and enduring love controlling the flow - a fast-paced read that was hard to put down.' 
                     Hubert Crouch, author of Cried for No One and The Word 
 
 
 
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Preston Hollow resident and Licensed Professional Counselor, Denette Mann has a life long mission to growth and well being for herself and to help others interested in that journey.  Her path towards a career in counseling started after earning her MBA at University of Texas at Austin and working for Texas Instruments.

 When Denette moved with her husband and infant daughter for a temporary assignment  in Baguio, Philippines, she witnessed first hand the impact on a population struck by poverty, a recent earthquake and volcanic eruption.  For the next three years, she immersed herself into therapeutic work at a local center, which housed children and protected them from abusive parents.  There she worked alongside Dr. Garry Landreth, the world-renowned play therapist and director of the University of North Texas play therapy program.

 After returning home to Dallas, she redirected her course in life by earning a Masters in Education with a focus on Counseling at the University of North Texas.  Throughout her counseling practice in north Dallas, she has pursued training that honed her therapy skills and moved her forward as a compassionate, caring person in the world.

Ten years ago she began a personal meditation practice.  She sought out further education on the topic of meditation by attending an intense one-week training in MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) in New York , led by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli.  She returned to New York and attended a week long seminar on ‘Focusing,’ a gentle form of therapy that depends on the person’s ability to go inside for the answers to life’s problems.  Additionally she has invested in training on Mindfulness Based Self-Compassion with Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer.  She is on target to complete and earn her teacher certification this summer from The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, founded and managed by Kristen Neff, Ph.D. and Christopher Germer, Ph.D., renowned and published researchers in the specific area of Mindful Self-Compassion.  

As a result of these experiences and choices, Denette has developed a way of utilizing mindfulness and meditation in her therapeutic work with clients of all ages. For the past three years, she has taught Mindful Self-Compassion through the SMU CAPE program.  We recently caught up with Denette to learn more about this growing practice of Mindful Self-Compassion. 

Question: You've been practicing meditation for a decade, what made you delve into Self-Compassion?

Denette:  Meditation practice changed my life.  Learning to be mindful in everyday moments gave me more choice over how I responded to events and to enjoy the small things that happen to us all but are often missed daily.  When I received notification of a training on mindful self-compassion I didn’t have to think about it; I immediately knew that was my next step in my own personal journey and in my quest to be an always improving therapist.

 Question: Is there an extra benefit of practicing Mindful Self-Compassion instead of just Mindfulness by itself? 

Denette:  I learned that self-compassion is an important addition to the practice of meditation and mindfulness. M & M help us change our brain and counter the brain’s built-in negativity bias so we can be in the present rather than being in the past or future worrying, ruminating, regretting and all the other things we tend to do.  What mindfulness doesn’t do is give us tools for getting through tough moments.  Self-compassion uses mindfulness but adds compassion for ourselves in these moments.  The research clearly points to significant additional benefits when mindfulness and self-compassion are used during life’s inevitable tough moments.

 Question: What are your thoughts on the connection between our society's dependance on mobile devices and our search for meditation, yoga and other ways to practice mindfulness?

Denette:  Our dependence on mobile devices is counter to the movement toward mindfulness in the U.S.   Being on a mobile device puts us in our heads and out of our bodies and emotions.   It also is a poor substitute for real connection that human beings are wired to need from birth to death.  The amount of time spent by some on social mobile devices also wires the brain to increase rumination and worry. 

 Question: How would you encourage a newbie - someone who is on the fence about starting 2017 out with Mindful Self-Compassion.  Is there some way they could ease into this practice on a daily basis?

Denette:  There are many paths to learning mindfulness and self-compassion. In classes, formal practices are taught which can be reinforced through home practice. Informal practices are practices that offer individualized ways of implementing these practices in small ways that work for a person’s lifestyle. 

 Question: What type of inspiration and training did you receive through Kristen Neff, Ph.D. and Christopher Germer, Ph.D. with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion ? 

Denette:   I took the Intensive training from Dr. Kristen Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer. They embody mindfulness and self-compassion and I left the training with a calm that persisted through thick and thin for several weeks. As I continued to train toward becoming a Certified Mindfulness Self-Compassion (MSC) trainer I was required to do online supervisions with Certified Trainers. In these online sessions there were people from all over the world doing their first course as well. This is an exciting time as this relatively new program (about 6 years old) is taking hold in so many different places in the world and the response has been tremendously positive from participants. 

 Question: What advice do you have for the busy professionals who are multi-tasking their way into 2017?   

Denette: My advice to busy professionals is to start the year off by treating yourself to an MSC course.  Research shows that we get more done being mindful than by being mindless and our happiness factor increases significantly in the process. 

 

Click short link for days/dates/times of two upcoming Mindful Self-Compassion 8-week sessions: http://tinyurl.com/MindfulSelfCompassionWorkshop 

Registration link