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Note from Ned

Note from Ned
March 8, 2015

Dear Friends,

In this “Note from Ned” I want to tell you about one of the most memorable trips I’ve ever taken in my life. The last few days of February (2/25-3/1 to be exact) I fled the otherworldly snows of Boston and flew to Israel.

A marvelous woman by the name of Iris Shani invited me and set up the trip.  She and her colleagues founded an organization three short years ago to help educate and inspire the people of Israel regarding ADHD, dyslexia, and other differences in learning.

What she and her group have done in such a short time is truly amazing.  One evening I spoke to an audience of about 300 parents, and the next morning to an audience of about 300 professionals.  Both audiences were active, engaged, and full of excellent questions.

Iris also brought over other experts, including Dr. Jeffrey Newcorn from Mt. Sinai in New York City, and Dr. Joseph Biederman from Mass. General Hospital and Harvard in Boston, as well as bringing in local experts to speak.

I was thrilled to see how much interest there is in Israel and also how enthusiastically they embraced by strength-based approach.  By the time I finished they were all talking about the “race-car brain with bicycle brakes”!

Iris deserves enormous credit. She and her devoted colleagues did all this work for no pay, only the love of the cause of educating people in Israel and beyond about ADHD.

After I’d given my talks I spent my final day in Israel in Jerusalem.  That was a deeply meaningful experience for me.  As some of you know, I am an Episcopalian, and my spirituality sustains me every day.

Within a tiny area Jerusalem contains three of the holiest places on earth.  The Wailing Wall, which is deeply significant in Judaism; the Dome of the Rock, just above the Wailing Wall, which is of deep significance to Muslims; and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Via Dolorosa, the road Jesus walked carrying his cross to be crucified.

It all put me into a kind of trance, the wisps of which I do believe will stay with me for a long time to come.

I wish you all the best, the very best.  Know that no matter what we believe, we are all in this life together.

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