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February 27, 2019

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February 27, 2019

There has been much talk about solving America’s immigration problems with a wall along the southern border with Mexico. The talk began in 2014 when the presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted, “SECURE THE BORDER! BUILD A WALL!” He would go on to claim that, if ele...

August 18, 2018

Americans have been recently disturbed to learn that the nation’s suicide rate has increased 30% since the year 2000--with middle-age suicide up 60% for women and nearly 40% for men. These statistics from the Center for Disease Control might not have sunk in, however,...

April 12, 2018

Defining “art,” first of all, is an unwieldy business. I attended a graduate school of “arts and sciences,” which was that institution’s way of saying that a fully educated society values both art and science. But the “arts” in this name signifies the “liberal arts,” a...

February 20, 2018

It is inadvisable to comment psychologically on a tragedy when it is still fresh, better to let it sink in first. But this one hit close to home. Some of what I have written in “Thoughts on Charlottesville” and “Thoughts on Las Vegas” is actually relevant again. (How o...

February 2, 2018

Sexual abuse of women—from unwanted advances to rape—has been in the news of late. Social media have made assault more public and made it possible to report in numbers. The numbers have had surprising weight when, in the past, our culture has made it all too easy to di...

January 14, 2018

A friend asked me recently, “So, what is a projection?” I was surprised since I thought she knew; I thought everybody knew. Don’t teenage girls squabble and shout, “Oh, you’re just projecting”? But then it’s also true that in psychology (as in religion) we have to re-l...

January 1, 2018

So, did you make a New Year’s Resolution? Do you think you can get rid of a nasty old habit this coming year or reach some goal you’ve had in mind? Do you think it will work . . . this time?

At least, you didn’t have to worry about the day on which to make that decision...

December 27, 2017

I am not seriously bugged by certain words so much as by their misuse. Take the word, MYTH. It is derived from the Greek, mythos, which means “story”—by extension, “sacred story.” And it was the ancients’ favorite way to refer to stories of the gods. But when Christian...

November 26, 2017

When that man killed so many people in Las Vegas recently, I heard for many days that there was no apparent motive for his highly efficient rampage. It seemed to cause a great deal of anxiety for reporters and, therefore, for their listeners. Why did he do this? The se...

November 12, 2017

When the “Charlottesville” tragedy occurred, I thought of my visits there, the pleasant pedestrian mall downtown with its fun restaurants, the civilized campus of the University of Virginia with its old buildings. And I also thought of my “Apocalypse” Post and how the...

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