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"Only a small part of the totality of human experiences is retained in consciousness." Wow! Huh? I was enough of a dedicated Amazon wanderer to elude my profile, and all those biographies, and find a cool book, The Social Construction of Reality, by Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann. In... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2013 at shrink wrap
A quick skim through the review of "Origins", a new book by Mary Paul, made me ask: which is more stressful, experiencing difficulty, or worrying about difficulties? It's hard to appreciate the relative safety and good health that we do enjoy. Instead, we direct an inordinate amount of energy trying... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2010 at shrink wrap
I have a large textbook in my office entitled “Counseling the Breast-Feeding Mother”, a volume whose weight implies the complexity of the task. Quite a few questions come to the mother’s mind: pumping, freezing, staining, leaking, bleeding, sleeping? Was it naive to think that this was a one-verb activity? What... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2010 at shrink wrap
“He said, ‘Do that again, I’ll shoot you,’ ” said Harsh Ajmani, the clerk’s son, repeating what he had heard from his mother and sister. The robber took about $580 and left, but evidently he wanted more. via Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 22, 2010 at shrink wrap
I'm watching "Driving Miss Josie", as I imagine the crashed Cadillac and oxygen tank of of Arthur Williams, the lifetime criminal who went out at 120 mph on a Maryland highway, accompanied by a track of a loved-to-be-hated movie star berating his calculating concubine. Mel Gibson is a have-it-all white... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2010 at shrink wrap
In the beginning, there was the nervous breakdown. As featured, with such elegance, in the following article. On The Verge of 'Vital Exhaustion' , a beautiful New York Times piece about feeling, thinking and what we say when those processes don't go so good. The following passage deserves a moment:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at shrink wrap