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Albert Stern is a healer, artist, and instructor. He practices acupuncture, visceral manipulation, and craniosacral therapy. He creates anatomical illustrations and fine art paintings. He is also an acupuncture instructor and teaches at various schools and facilities. He works with the Lotus Institute of Integrative Medicine and Peak Research Institute. 

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Five Favorite Things of 2015

Albert Stern

It is the time of year for lists! 

Here are five of my favorite things from the last year. 

1. Favorite Movie: Inside Out. I truly believe this is one of the best movies I have ever seen. Pixar is famous for the craft of storytelling. The complexity of ideas, concepts, and narrative which are woven together here is off the charts! Plus, it made me cry. 

2. Favorite Podcast Episode: A two-part story from (the venerable) This American Life, "The Problem We All Live With." This story examines race and class problems in the US education system and the clear evidence of how to fix it. 

3. Favorite App: Streaks (iOS). A straightforward app I have used to help me with creating new daily habits. The visuals and simple circular animation make using this app a daily pleasure.  

4. Favorite Tool: Grammarly. I struggle with some degree of dyslexia. I use a whole host of tools to help me catch errors in my writing. One of the more troubling issues for me is placing small words in the wrong place, I literally do not see them. Grammarly helps me catch these quickly.

5.  Favorite Service: Classpass.com. I wrote about Classpass.com last month. It truly has changed how I take care of myself, exercise, and live my life. 


Have a great and happy new year! 



The Beautiful Dancing of David Rakoff

Albert Stern

David Rakoff was a Thurber Prize–winning humorist most well known for his work on This American Life. He passed away three years ago, much too young, at the age of 47. 

A new post-humorous collection of his work was released this year, The Uncollected David Rakoff. 

I was lucky enough to see David perform at one of the many live shows This American Life has produced over the years. He was wonderful. 

The news of the newly published work reminded me of his last performance on stage for This American Life. David was also a trained dancer. Because of his illness he could only use one arm at the time.

He combines grace, power, sadness, and frailty all in one performance.  

It is still one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. 

I started the video at the dancing, but the entire clip is worth watching.