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Dr. Natasha Josefowitz
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At 89 years young, Dr. Natasha Josefowitz has spent her life educating herself and others. Her latest project focuses on how men and women grieve differently and takes a new approach to the different stages of grief. Her latest book, Living Without the One You Cannot Live Without, is a reflection of her research and personal experiences on the subject.

Formerly, Natasha was a professor of management for 30 years and is an internationally known business consultant and keynote speaker. For 10 years she had her own weekly program on public radio and a monthly segment on television. She has also been a guest on numerous radio and TV shows including All Things Considered, The Larry King Show and The Dr. Ruth Show to name a few. Dr. Josefowitz is the best-selling author and award-winning poet of 20 business and poetry books. Her articles and poems have been published in over a hundred journals and magazines including the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, the London Times, and most major newspapers in the United States. You can read her bimonthly column in the La Jolla Today and San Diego Jewish World website. Natasha has received the Living Legacy Award from the Women’s International Center and was named by the San Diego Business Journal as one of San Diego’s “Top Guns.” She says that laughter is the best medicine and laughing at ourselves and with each other will help us heal faster. The Washington Post says: “Natasha Josefowitz is helping her generation, and those that follow, find their way into a successful, meaningful and fun older age… her optimism about aging is inspiring.” Her twentieth book is Living Without the One You Cannot Live Without: Hope and Healing after Loss. For more information, visit

Entries by Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

A 90-year old looks good in leggings

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 4:21 PM

Have you been to a mall recently? There is a new uniform: skinny jeans or leggings with boots of various shapes and styles. It is really appealing.
I decided that I, too, wanted to look fashionable. I found some old, opaque tights--as they were called back in my earlier...

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Life's Outcomes Depend on Our Choices

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 10:17 AM

As I think back on my life, it is not only the things I have done and accomplished -- the people I have loved, the trips I have taken, the books I have read--it is also all the things I have not done but should have -- the love not...

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To Tell or Not to Tell

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2015 | 2:18 PM

Most people want to fit in, to belong, to be part of a group, to be "one of the gang," to share not only in the work but in the play, in the joking, the beer after a long day, the weekend golf or tennis games, the barbecues.

Most people...

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A Witness to One's Life

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 6:19 PM

In trying to deal with my grief after my husband died, I turned to books on grief and interviewed people who had lost a spouse or partner. It helped me to understand the emotions I felt and whether they were shared by others. I looked at the different ways men...

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The Childhood Nostalgia Every Boomer Will Understand

(5) Comments | Posted November 21, 2015 | 1:27 AM

There are gestures belonging to another time that we don't use anymore. There were ways of functioning on a daily basis that would seem foreign today. We relied on objects which are now obsolete. We all have our lists of nostalgia.

I remember those wire baskets for the washed lettuce....

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Chasing My Own Tail

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 3:38 PM

The latest brain research -- I should know something about it. The political rally -- I should support the cause. A lecture on... whatever -- I'm afraid to miss an opportunity to learn something. And so it goes: read the latest book, see the well-reviewed movie, attend the informative lecture,...

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Too Much to Do, Too Little Time

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 7:18 PM

I had lunch with my friend Dr. Pamila Brar, who is the medical director of Human Longevity, Inc., a while ago, and she was telling me about how difficult it is to find the time for her children, her husband, and her patients, as well as exercising and seeing friends....

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In Praise of My Smart Phone

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 3:35 PM

Dear little smart phone, my little, 2- x 4-inch, constant companion. How can such a small thing sitting in my pocket replace an eighteen-volume encyclopedia Britannica as well as a shelf with phone directories, dictionaries, a thesaurus, and grammar, foreign-language, and medical reference books?

You truly are a wonder and...

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Learning to Cope With Bad News

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 6:49 PM

Thousands buried under rubble after an earthquake, countless migrants drowning in the Mediterranean trying to get away from wars to a safer shore, hordes of people in refugee camps with food and water in short supply, children used in the sex trade, police shootings, fires and floods, polar bears drowning...

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A Neighborhood of Movie Stars

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 4:17 PM

Looking back at the 1940s in Beverly Hills, it seems extraordinary now. Everyone seemed to know movie stars, they were not such a big deal. June Haver was in my class, and I helped her put on makeup in our high school bathroom the day she landed a contract with...

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A Russian Enclave in Beverly Hills

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 6:14 PM

It is interesting that while living in Paris, my parents resisted any French influence and continued their Russian way of life: eating Russian food, reading Russian newspapers and books, having Russian friends, and speaking Russian at home. My first tongue was Russian. In the U.S., they did the same thing...

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A New Beginning in California

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 5:34 PM

When France fell, we knew we could not go home again. We lost everything and eventually, almost everyone I had ever known. When the Germans crossed into Lithuania, they took my grandparents out of their home, marched them to a nearby school, and shot them point blank. A young cousin...

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Our First Months In America

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 8:16 AM

In October 1939, I was 12-years-old. My parents, my six-year-old brother, and I sat in the basement of our Paris apartment with gas masks on every night as the sirens screeched that German planes were overhead. We fear they will drop mustard gas, which we were told has no odor...

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Leaving Behind The Paris I Knew And Loved In 1939

(2) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 7:04 AM

In the Europe of the 1920s and 1930s, child rearing conventions were centered on not "spoiling" the children with affection and freedom. We were never kissed nor told we were loved. I shook hands with my parents and curtsied when greeting adults. Respectful, quiet, and obedient behavior was demanded of...

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My Childhood In Paris, Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 6:45 AM

The Paris of the 1920s had cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages delivering milk in glass bottles with the cream on top -- reserved for my father for his café au lait. Coal was thrown down a chute at the base of our apartment building, and blocks of ice were hauled...

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Mom, You Hit a Fire Hydrant

(6) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 11:06 AM

Daughter: Mother dear, I can't believe you smashed your car into a fire hydrant. At least you didn't get hurt.

Mother: That fire hydrant wasn't there yesterday.

Daughter: Oh, Mom, of course it was. I wonder whether you should keep driving.

Mother: I'm fine, and I'm not giving up driving.

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Trust and Mistrust

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 2:47 PM

If just about everyone in government is lying or fudging the truth (or so it seems) or taking advantage of their positions, whom can you trust?

If hospitals err 30% of the time in the type of medication or the dosage administered to their patients, whom can you trust?


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In the Name Of...

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 3:54 PM

We live in a world where nearly everything is programmed to survive by killing one other. Imported plants take over native species, big fish eat little fish, and big animals prey on smaller ones. Ant colonies war with each other; primates do the same. Within our bodies, white blood cells...

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3 Approaches to Solving Problems

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 1:08 AM

When faced with a conflict with someone else, people often do not know how to proceed. Having a method to deal with problems can be helpful. Whether there is a problem at work with an employee or a problem at home with spouse or a child, taking one of the...

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Our Stories

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 1:00 AM

Once upon a time, long, long ago, in a faraway land, in a castle on top of a hill, lived a beautiful princess... Well, we all know that there must be, somewhere, an equally handsome prince. But we also anticipate a witch, an ogre, or a dragon -- preferably one...

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