Going Bananas

When I bought my current residence in Mexico nearly 4 years ago, one of the exciting features was the banana trees clustered on a downhill slope near the south end… Read More

Heroine or Hapless One?

(Note:  This is the third article based on the poetry of Shel Silverstein.) Another one of my favorite poems in Shel Silverstein’s book Where the Sidewalk Ends is “Melinda Mae.” … Read More

Junk or Treasure?

This is the second of a series of articles I am writing that feature the poetry of Shel Silverstein from his books Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in… Read More

Depression Unveiled

I recently came across this vignette on Facebook. One day an old Cherokee chief spoke to his grandson and granddaughter.  He said, “You have two wolves battling each other inside… Read More

Are You Taking the Garbage Out?

Back in the late 1970s and early 80s, I was starting my private practice in psychology, and my wife and I were raising three young children.  An important part of… Read More

The Tricycle

Several years ago when I was living in Fargo, North Dakota, and frequently walking from home to work, I observed an event that I have never forgotten.  It was a… Read More

The Invisible Man

In a preceding article, “What in the World?” I addressed the question of how this world of such cruelty could be made by a loving God and concluded with the… Read More

Understanding

Understanding by Jane Nelson was first published in 1986, then republished in 1996 with the title Understanding: Eliminating Stress and Finding Serenity in Life and Relationships.  This book, although very… Read More

What in the World?

A couple of nights ago my partner and I watched “One-Eyed Jacks,”  an old western starring the youthful, remarkably handsome Marlon Brando and an astonishingly beautiful young Mexican actress named… Read More

No Place on Earth

  “There is no place on earth where we can be free of ourselves.” —Charlotte Joko Beck in Nothing Special: Living Zen Occasionally, while reading a book, a particular sentence… Read More