“While nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer, nothing is more difficult than to understand him.” — Dostoevsky
A therapist or, more appropriately, a psychotherapist, in this case, is a word we never associate with evil. The word evil is reserved for use in the religious realm as is the concept of the Devil (see Elaine Pagels’ “The Origin of Satin” or Bart Ehrman’s “God’s Problem”).
With the popularization of therapy, possibly related to its extolling by the wealthy and famous and availability of health insurance, change has come. Psychiatrists even considered whether or not if “evil” exists…
The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. — Abraham Lincoln
The COVID-19 virus is flourishing at breakneck speed into the small towns and states where they thought they were immune. It was a “big city” problem and they were protected until they weren’t.
And with the virus came the danger to work and education as companies sent workers home and schools closed. Then came the unending din of a call to open the schools.
We heard that children would be fine, teachers would be safe, and kids didn’t get…
Brad Pitt is an actor whose name causes ears to shoot up whenever he’s mentioned anywhere in the world. He is among the pantheon of film stars who can ensure box office dynamite when his name is above the title and, as a result, he can influence many fans.
The guy with the cowboy hat and the made-for-movies bod (remember “Thelma and Louise?”), Pitt has been involved in many humanitarian causes, but he’s always kept it quiet. When Hurricane Katrina devastated housing in New Orleans, Pitt assembled a planning and construction crew.
His environmentally friendly Make It Right Foundation…
I don’t care who you are. When you sit down to write the first page of your screenplay, in your head, you’re also writing your Oscar acceptance speech. — Nora Ephron
Writing a screenplay and you want to get noticed, get a meeting with someone who really matters in this industry? Your prayers may have been answered to some extent, and it’s not how you think.
Anyone who writes, even the most famous writers who went on to incredible fame, has a trunk full of scripts that may never see the light of day. Why? …
There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed. — Mahatma Gandhi
The COVID-19 virus is overtaking the world (a third surge is evident in the US now) and causing death and economic ruin wherever it is found, but not for all. Whenever there’s a disaster, therein lies the seeds for greed for those who see incredible opportunity in the wake of helplessness.
Who among us doesn’t feel helpless in the face of this virus that can kill so quickly despite the age or the social position of the patient?
Medicine is not only a science; it is also an art. It does not consist of compounding pills and plasters; it deals with the very processes of life, which must be understood before they may be guided. — Paracelsus
Humans are prone to illness and disease; there is no doubt, but how these illnesses are treated is often misunderstood. Patients are thankful that there are medications today that were once mere far-fetched dreams in the minds of scientists. We not only have medicines, but we have medical procedures that save lives. Even here, there is no infallibility.
Several theories on the genesis of Alzheimer’s often refer to the brain needing to clear debris, and now a new approach has come along.
Floating around in our head, the brain is a super active organ that produces vast quantities of waste material from its metabolic processes. As such, there is an accumulation that, according to some theories, results in brain impairments like Alzheimer’s.
Of course, there are a variety of theories about Alzheimer’s, including its involvement in inflammation. The possible causes being considered include:
(1) exacerbation of aging, (2) degeneration of anatomical pathways, including the cholinergic and cortico-cortical pathways…
With so many voices and so much energy being pushed forth to reopen the schools and get the kids back into the classroom, we have to begin to ask several fundamental questions. And these do not concern the Covid-19 virus pandemic.
Question one, which would never have occurred to us in the past, is whether there is clean, lead-free, bacteria-free water in the fountains, the sinks, the toilets, and the…
Viruses can present disturbing quandaries to even the most eminent in the medical profession, and I came close to one — uncomfortably.
The weather was cool I suppose because everyone seemed to be wearing a coat as we all sat in a large waiting room outside the hospital ward. Mostly silent, people were seated and waiting with one exception: three people in hushed conversation at a center table. They seemed to be quite animated but kept their voices low.
Besides their placement in the center of the room, one thing about them that stood out was their clothing. All of…
Traditional brick-and-mortar publishing houses still maintain a stronghold on distribution, selling rights to books, and promoting works in major outlets. Of that, there is no question, although self-publishing can have its advantages, too.
For this article, I will not address the vanity presses that attempt to attract unsuspecting authors with promises of publishing their books; then comes the fee for that “accomplishment.” Usually, the publication fee is somewhere in the order of several thousand dollars.
When I graduated with my doctorate in psychology, my school (a usual requisite at universities) required that my dissertation be sent to ProQuest. There, my…