Janet Mattox

Close-up of Rhino

Late last May, I received this email from a friend: “Janet, do you know Damien Mander? He gave a couple of TED talks recently. Had you ever watched/listened to him? Will you let me know what you think? Today?” I responded that I did know Damien Mander from watching a TED Talk. I loved Damien… Read More

Half peach

Where poor appetite meets lousy food describes my gloomy reaction to the lunch delivered to me last June 17, a beautiful sunny day and one day after I had been admitted to the hospital. I hadn’t ordered this lunch, but here it was: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing. I ate a few bites of… Read More

Campbell's Soup Cans

Header photo by FLICKR user Matthew Hurst Photo link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/skewgee/5003320372/ I recently checked out the stats on hunger in the U.S. (http://www.feedingamerica.org). In 2013, 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households — 33.3 million adults and 15.8 million children. For the same year, 14 percent of households (17.5 million households) were food insecure, and… Read More

City Blur

Auditory disorders are common disabilities among the general public; approximately 17 percent of American adults report some degree of hearing loss,[1] and 10 percent of adults report tinnitus[2] of a severity to seek medical attention.[3] Eighty percent of hearing loss affecting adults is sensorineural,[4] involving the inner ear, and is generally irreversible. Causes include acoustic… Read More

Camera Lens

SAMHSA Definition of Recovery: Recovery is the process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. In the context of our work here at PRA, I think of the SAMHSA definition of recovery in light of behavioral health. Recently, I started thinking… Read More


When I was in my early 20s, I became very good friends with a school art teacher. She was smart, funny, beloved by students and staff alike at her school. She showed her own work in area shows, including juried art shows (e.g., the Mohawk-Hudson Regional); participated in a well-known arts group; and sold many… Read More