Online Precautions for Veterans

This morning I found a post on AARP’s website warning veterans that they’re being targeted by fake social media accounts. Please click the link below to read Aaron Kassraie’s article.  Then share his article on Facebook. Continue reading Online Precautions for Veterans

Horrible Flashback at Double Tree

During the Vietnam War, some civilians who opposed the war would approach anyone in an Armed Services uniform and ask how many children that person had killed.  Others would just call the person a disparaging name.  Then there were people who threw anything they had within reach. I’m guessing less than one percent of the population engaged in that abuse, although public opinion gradually went against the war.  Each incident made some veterans feel as if an entire society opposed them personally, though.  One presumptuous individual can make you feel surrounded, especially after you’ve been through a trauma such as … Continue reading Horrible Flashback at Double Tree

The Weirdest Thing I’ve Ever Read on The New Yorker’s Site

Yesterday, The New Yorker posted an odd, rambling interview with Donna Brazile by Isaac Chotiner. I sense the odd, rambling stuff isn’t Mr. Chotiner’s fault. When you agree to go to work for Fox News, it’s hard to deny you’ve sold out to the devil.  Ms. Brazile attempted to deny it, but it didn’t go too well. Continue reading The Weirdest Thing I’ve Ever Read on The New Yorker’s Site

Gaslighting by Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D. (Book Review)

Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People — and Break Free By Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, Ph.D. Da Capo Press (An Imprint of Hachette) ISBN-13: 978-0738284668 $16.99 USD Trade Paperback (Also Available as an E-Book) (Disclaimer:  I am not a mental health professional.) Most of us who have the slightest human vulnerability have been gaslighted.  Maybe it didn’t work on some of us, but don’t be too sure about that. Gaslighting is a form of mental manipulation which causes people to question their own perceptions or judgment.  The effect of it is the emotional equivalent of slipping on ice.  You might … Continue reading Gaslighting by Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D. (Book Review)

The Remaining Questions About Michael Jackson’s Behavior With Children

(Disclosure:  This piece appears in slightly different form as a private social media post.) Aisha Harris’s article on The New York Times site (link below) is one of the more perceptive things I’ve read regarding the debate on Michael Jackson’s conduct with children. It should also be noted that some needy adults have ways of taking advantage of kids that have nothing to do with sexual assault. Some of those acts are technically legal, albeit morally wrong. When Mr. Jackson was still living, it looked as if he might have been demanding emotional comfort from kids the way someone might seek comfort … Continue reading The Remaining Questions About Michael Jackson’s Behavior With Children