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What hurricane images stir up: reflections on being spiritual but not necessarily religious

Millions are still in darkness, as we begin to absorb the vastness of Hurricane Sandy.  The sharing of video and digital images, now that we are constantly connected, have made us all witnesses in real time.  First comes exhalation.   Before … Continue reading

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Violence and mental illness

Street violence managed to shock us this week, when it was directed toward a member of Congress.  Big surprise, the gunman is said to be “unstable”.   Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has begun her slow recovery from a gunshot wound to the … Continue reading

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Split personality vs being of two minds

Let me just make this clear: you’re probably not crazy, even if it feels that way sometimes.  Being at odds with yourself, about changing your career or getting a tattoo, or whether the guy you are texting right now is … Continue reading

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Burning the Quran, public madness, and a possible antidote

This year, the anniversary of 9/11 will be remembered for the crackpot theology of a preacher in Gainesville, Florida, who has announced his plan to burn 1,000 copies of the Quran, the Muslim holy book, on that solemn day.  He … Continue reading

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Staying afloat: finger painted turtles, the kindness of strangers, and Hurricane Katrina

Five years have passed now since The Storm came ashore by New Orleans, and the surreal drama of Hurricane Katrina began to unfold.   It is part of our folklore now.  Louisiana people had gone through this many times before; that … Continue reading

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Resilience: what helps us heal from hurt

There is some mystery involved in the question of why, following a loss or a breakup or a traumatic event, some people have more difficulty rebounding  than others.   Suffering comes to all of us, and apparently we are equipped differently … Continue reading

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How to have a nervous breakdown

Stress getting to you? Humor is a powerful coping mechanism.  Sometimes a dip into the outrageous is a great respite from the grind of everyday, or from an overwhelming burden we don’t know what to do with.  Right now, with … Continue reading

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