Think of the Anxiety, too. Sometimes, the Most Anxious People are the Realists

I’m glad I don’t work at a hotel check-in desk.  I don’t think I’d be right for a while if a guest handed me a credit card with the National Rifle Association (N.R.A.) logo on it. Just a few minutes ago, I began typing about my own experience being near gun violence — and guns stored in unlocked spaces that could have been grabbed easily by the wrong person.  I tapped and held the backspace key after I got too upset to continue describing that trauma. Now, to start over… It should be obvious that the majority of times a … Continue reading Think of the Anxiety, too. Sometimes, the Most Anxious People are the Realists

George Michael: An Appreciation

About a year ago, I decided to write an essay on the late George Michael’s life and work.  I thought I already knew quite a bit, and expected the research and writing to last about two months. It’s a good thing there was no publishing contract with a deadline.  I live in the United States, and didn’t realize how much of GM’s work was released without being promoted here.  To produce a well-informed essay, I needed a year to complete it. I bought CDs I didn’t previously know existed, and looked a lot more closely than expected at music videos … Continue reading George Michael: An Appreciation

It’s Easy to Take From Others When You are Incapable of Empathy

Predictably, the poor will suffer the worst under Donald Trump’s planned budget cuts.  National austerity policies do further damage to strained economies, but the only wealthy people who can see that are individuals who have personally learned how to survive outside the Privilege Bubble. Okay, Donald Trump is more bizarre than most rich people, but you get the idea. Sometimes the Republican types who make me angriest are working people who are having trouble getting by.  They haven’t reached the point of applying for food stamps or Medicaid, so they brag that they bust their respective asses to make ends … Continue reading It’s Easy to Take From Others When You are Incapable of Empathy

Treating Eating Disorders Early

Note:  I am not a mental health professional.  My knowledge of this topic is from personal experience and books for the general reader. I’ve suffered sporadic anorexic episodes since I was a child.  I’m fifty-seven now, and happily, I can say the last two relapses were years apart.  The most recent was in 2015, though, and I don’t know whether the monster will be back anytime in the future. I become ill easily when I stop eating, and I can’t stand being ill.  So, the anorexic stuff has never reached the point where I’ve been admitted to a hospital with … Continue reading Treating Eating Disorders Early

Excellent Piece by Nancy Jo Sales on Sexual Harassment of Children by Peers

Please click the link below to read an honest, level-headed article by someone who knows how these things happen. Many of us agree that men must speak up and make it clear that sexual harassment and assault are unacceptable, and that they want nothing to do with men who commit those offenses.  Maybe the instances of sexual misconduct by male children and teenagers could be curbed if boys clarified the same rules for their peers.  That’s just my own suggestion. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/11/metoo-school-children-teens-sexual-harassment Continue reading Excellent Piece by Nancy Jo Sales on Sexual Harassment of Children by Peers