Sydell Weiner, PhD

How Do We Go On

                                      HOW DO WE GO ON It was an outdoor concert for Peace and Love where hundreds of young people gathered.  Suddenly, there was gunfire. People were screaming and running. Terrorists were chasing them down as their […]


The Jewish community is with our people Israel

On October 7th, shook by the news of Israel under attack, I knew I needed community.

Unexpected Acts of Kindness

Julie's gift of kindness

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” This quote is getting thousands of “Likes” on Facebook, but are acts of kindness what we practice in our everyday lives? In March of 2002, my husband Rex and I moved to a small fixer upper in Palos Verdes. Our next door neighbor is a […]

Michael B

It was August of 2020, the sixth month of the pandemic. I was kept away from my grandchildren and social distanced from my kids. Every activity that gave my life meaning had been taken away. I was lonely. It was 4 years since my husband died, and I no longer had the distractions to keep […]

Enchanted Collaboration

As a director of theatre, I always appreciated the art of collaboration. Besides working with actors, I worked hard to bring together set, lighting and costume designers. When creative artists are open and feed off each other’s ideas, we do our best work. But at Cal State Dominguez Hills, I actually experienced Enchanted Collaboration. […]

Does the Soul Survive?

Life after Death

I’ve always struggled with the concept of life after death. Does our soul lives on  in the minds and hearts of those we’ve touched? Can it exist separately on another dimension?  If the soul survives, is it possible to actually communicate with a lost loved one? Can they come to us in times of need […]

Mother–Daughter Love

Mother-Daughter Love

Mother-Daughter Love I’m taking my morning walk through the beautiful hills of Palos Verdes, with the ocean spread out before me. If only this majestic landscape could translate into the texture of my life. But I am thinking about my daughter and our recent conversation is circlilng through my head. In spite of the gorgeous […]