Mozart’s Umbrella

I’m acquainted with a Golden Retriever named Mozart.  People might say he possesses two natures, like the original Mozart, both scatological and divine.  But it’s more accurate to say he just does better than most of us in integrating the dualities common to all of us. As a dog, it’s not always easy holding onto […]

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Bias is Born

When I was a new therapist, I found myself involved in what is sometimes called a NIMBY issue.  NIMBY means “not in my back yard”, and refers to opposition to types of development or people living too close to one’s own living space.  My situation involved community resistance to state-mandated rental housing for individuals recovering […]

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Black History Month

I’ll know that things have really changed when I regularly see white women pushing black babies in strollers. I’ll know things have changed when a white person is accused of playing the “race card” when he or she mentions something related to race. I’ll know things have changed when they stop locking up young black […]

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Consistency

If you take a moment to really think about it, the diversity of our world, and its living things, is captivating. On the other hand, there are times when consistency is important. I read about a legislator in West Virginia who is an outspoken critic of civil rights for LGBT people. He is quoted calling […]

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Rubbernecking

How is it that a car crash can tie up traffic on both sides of the highway?  An accident can be completely contained on one side of the highway divider; yet traffic can come to a virtual standstill on the other side.  We call it rubbernecking – implying that we may have to work pretty […]

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The Naiveté of Cynics

We can be too optimistic and positive, to where we are simply naïve.  While naiveté may seem charming, it can’t accomplish much. It can be a pitfall for the faithful of any religious persuasion.  To ignore the reality of evil can lead us to minimize or overlook the suffering of the victims of evil. Nor […]

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The Cowboy Myth

The American cowboy myth dies hard. While classic cowboy movies have not been produced in a long time, the cowboy persona has a way of re-inventing itself as action heroes or high-tech warriors. Good and evil is still portrayed in a simplistic, one-dimensional way.  Violent means always justify ends; in fact our 21st century heroes […]

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Sexual Assault

The news cycles have been saturated with those pitching for or against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. What a shame, and what an assault on the balance of power that our founding fathers saw as essential to a vigorous democracy, that it seems to be taken for granted that our highest […]

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