Laugh And The World Laughs With You

Why intentional laughter provides immediate relief from anxiety and stress

My Zoom gallery looks like a revamped Hollywood Squares set, filled with eager faces from across the country. As host, I review the litany of crises facing the nation that week; wildfires, hurricanes…


I was overwhelmed with support and new furry friends

An old golden retriever on the beach in late afternoon.
Photo courtesy of Paul Gilbert

We recently lost our beloved golden retriever, Layla. Her departure left an enormous hole in the house and in our hearts at a time when we needed her never-ending joyfulness, compassion, and affection more than ever. Losing a pet might seem like a small tragedy compared to the ongoing pandemic…


Photo by Evan R. Lew

Why I’ve turned from the pitch and pray process to self-publishing

There’s an old axiom-if you can’t handle rejection, don’t be an actor. But make sure you add writers who submit unsolicited essays to the New York Times Op-Ed page to that list.

Over the years, I’ve had some success…


Why Basketball Leads the Intersection of Sports and Politics

When the National Basketball Association resumed its season inside the bubble in Orlando, plastered across arenas was the slogan: Whole New Game. Little did the league know this would soon become an understatement of epic proportions, as the work stoppage by…


A firefighter works on a blaze at the Sequoia Retreat Center during the CZU August Lightning Complex Fires on August 21, 2020, in Ben Lomond, CA. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The wildfires scorching our redwoods encapsulate California’s crises overload

The fundamental character of a wildfire is that it destroys everything in its path. Watching the increasing devastation from the all-consuming fury of the massive fires burning in Northern California, I feel a special loss for both the people and natural splendor of Santa Cruz County.

Forty-seven years ago, I…


Come Together, Right Now, Over Hemp

Former Vice-President Joe Biden has been rolling out major policy platforms to address COVID-19, rebooting the economy, Black Lives Matter, global warming and healing the virulent political divide spread across the country. …


If facing a lopsided loss, the president could take the easy way out

By Paul Gilbert & Dave Spencer

With the national election less than three months away, and the polls continuing to show President Trump trailing Joe Biden by double figures, there’s an alternate scenario that seems unlikely, but not impossible. …


When faced with a national tragedy or crisis, who does the nation turn to?

By Paul Gilbert & Dave Spencer

There was a time not so long ago that the President of the United States was considered the leader of the free world. Now, amidst a perfect storm of a…


How Do You Make the Right Decision During a Pandemic?

By Paul Gilbert

It’s a sign of these extraordinarily uncertain times when “help a little old lady across the street,” becomes a potentially life-threatening decision.

It was late on a Sunday and I was about to enter the drugstore to…

Paul Gilbert

Four decades into the writing game, it’s still about the story.

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