Not Understanding Suicide

(Disclosure:  I am not a mental health professional.  The claims made in this post are based on personal experience and common observations.) The public reactions to reports of Anthony Bourdain’s death have been, for the most part, respectful.  They should be.  People who weren’t acquainted with him should note only his professional accomplishments and other things he allowed into the public record.  Appreciate what he shared, and respect boundaries so we aren’t debating things Mr. Bourdain didn’t share. I’m guessing that most public figures who end their own lives don’t want their actions interpreted as endorsements of suicide.  It’s hard … Continue reading Not Understanding Suicide

George Michæl Symphonica CD (A Review, With Oodles of Background Info)

          This blog post was revised on October 27, 2017. There’s no typographical error or computer glitch involved in the headline for this post.  The “a” and “e,” pressed together in text, are called an æsc, or ash.  The æsc exists in different languages, including English.  Note the correct spelling of the reference book title, Encyclopædia Britannica. The æsc has never appeared on typewriter keys, but it’s still around in spite of the fact that it’s considered archaic.  If you can pull up a sophisticated keyboard on a Dell Inspiron computer screen, you’ll probably find it.  … Continue reading George Michæl Symphonica CD (A Review, With Oodles of Background Info)

White Light and a Parkinson Interview

Update: After this blog piece was posted, George Michael’s cause of death was identified as natural causes. The Joan Rivers video which was originally posted on this page is no longer available.  However, a separate video of the same interview has replaced it. Since George Michael’s passing on Christmas Day, there has been a combination of public appreciation of his work and morbid speculation over his cause of death.  The topic of suicide has been discussed repeatedly, but at this time no postmortem report has been made public. Although suicide isn’t unusual in the general population, I suspect creative people … Continue reading White Light and a Parkinson Interview