Category Archives: essays

Better than a Klonopin.

 VS.   It’s the 4th week of Advent, the preliminary weeks leading to Christmas that are recognized by the Catholic Church (and also, I believe, all liturgical or “high churches” like the Episcopalian, Lutheran, and Orthodox churches).   In the … Continue reading

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“The War on Unhappiness” (Harper’s Magazine/PDF)

Meme with a victim-blaming (gaslighting) sentiment typical of the “war on unhappiness” movement. Following is a PDF file of an excellent (and long) article from the September 2010 issue of Harper’s Magazine tracing the rise of the positive thinking movement, … Continue reading

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Part One: “Heart-Sync”– a psycho-spiritual therapy for trauma and attachment disorders.

***** This article will be in two parts. This part is a brief overview of HeartSync and how it works. The second part will be about my personal experience in Chapel Hill over the past four days.   I just … Continue reading

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Maybe Trump’s election is the BEST thing that could have happened!

I know what you’re probably thinking.  You probably think I must have finally snapped.  That I’ve given into Stockholm Syndrome and now identify with the enemy.   You’re  maybe even thinking about hitting the “backspace” key,  writing me off as … Continue reading

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Millennials are our only real hope for change.

Millennials, like all recent young-adult generations, have been demonized and denigrated by older generations. They have been called useless, dependent, entitled hipsters, and much worse. But Millennials aren’t the first young adult generation to be regarded badly by their elders. … Continue reading

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So. Trump won.

Although it’s not official yet, Trump is the projected winner. I have never been so ashamed of my country as I am right now.   I thought maybe…just maybe…the tides were turning and people wouldn’t be swayed by this egotistical, dangerous, … Continue reading

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Thoughts about this election and voting.

I’m going to keep this short, but I have a few things to say about the election, voting, and voters, and a little about etiquette. First, I don’t automatically judge people based on their political beliefs.  I don’t like Trump … Continue reading

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Polydactyl cat house.

Hairy Truman, one of the feline residents of the Ernest Hemingway Home. Someday I want to visit The Ernest Hemingway House in Key West, Florida. It’s not because I’m a fan of Hemingway’s writings (though I am).   It’s not … Continue reading

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How narcissism got to be a thing.

This article was originally posted on October 7 and 11, 2015 in two parts. It has been updated and merged. Disclaimer:  It was pointed out to me that this post may seem overly critical or stereotyping of Baby Boomers.   … Continue reading

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Trying to appreciate fall.

Appreciating fall isn’t easy for me.   It’s my worst time of year and when my SAD is at its worst.   I find fall depressing, for reasons I’ve already discussed in this post. Most of the trees around here … Continue reading

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