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. https://www.aarp.org/home-family/voices/veterans/info-2019/fake-facebook-accounts.html?cmp=SNO-ICM-FB-AO&socialid=2202881277&fbclid=IwAR0lUmm4aehuWGARl00NLEPvKNBlk7gTUSrToUp2G_4PFXaWjO28kIgNysk Continue reading Online Precautions for Veterans

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)

Gaslighting: It’s not Just for Breakfast Anymore!

(Disclaimer:  I am not a mental health professional.  The statements in this blog post are based on personal observation/experience, as well as media for the general public.) Have you ever known someone who caused you to question your perception of everything and dragged you down to the point where you allowed that person to control your life? A lot of people have suffered that misfortune.  Please judge only the manipulators and not the people who have been manipulated. Sadly, that second paragraph is difficult to interpret because some people who have been dragged down begin supporting their tormentors by becoming … Continue reading Gaslighting: It’s not Just for Breakfast Anymore!

If You’re Desperate and Lonely Enough…

If you’re ever trapped in a group of people you don’t respect while you’re having the equivalent of a bad hair day with your conversational skills, here’s a shortcut for making the day more interesting — or at least more aggravating: Sit quietly for awhile, and then start giggling.  It isn’t that difficult to do convincingly.  Just recall a memory which never fails to make you laugh.  For example, the time when you looked up from the Daffy Duck cartoon on your smartphone and saw your least favorite co-worker slip on the freshly waxed floor. If you giggle hysterically in … Continue reading If You’re Desperate and Lonely Enough…

The Day They Came to Arrest the Book (Review)

The Day They Came to Arrest the Book By Hentoff, Nat Copyright 1982 Young Adult Fiction Published by Laurel Leaf Books $6.99 Paperback ISBN: 0-440-91814-6 (Cover Image Unavailable) I was saddened to read about the passing of Nat Hentoff, the former Village Voice columnist who was noted for being controversial with everyone, including the liberals who usually agreed with him. I knew Mr. Hentoff had written one novel because I’d seen a paperback copy of it.  It was a jazz-themed mystery.  I didn’t know he had written other fiction, though. The Day They Came to Arrest the Book is a Young Adult modern … Continue reading The Day They Came to Arrest the Book (Review)