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Intersex, Fifty Shades of Grey
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Intersex, Fifty Shades of Grey

Today’s selection — from Galileo’s Middle Finger by Alice Dreger. Thousands of babies are born each year with dual or anomalous sexual characteristics. The standard practice for attending physicians has been to try to “fix” the problem. Alice Dreger argues that this generally does more harm than good and often results in permanent damage or […]

The Crossroads of Should and Must.
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The Crossroads of Should and Must.

“Does what goes on inside show on the outside?,” young Vincent van Gogh despaired in a moving letter to his brother while floundering to find his purpose. “Someone has a great fire in his soul and nobody ever comes to warm themselves at it, and passers-by see nothing but a little smoke at the top […]

A Gentle Haunting.

A Gentle Haunting.

I’ve been plagued by ghosts recently. A haunting of sorts. Not hole in the sheet ghosts, but ghosts made of memory. As I lie in bed, in the wee hours, they travel through my mind, dragging nets filled with disembodied faces after them. I’m curious as to why they have decided to force a ‘re-membering’ […]

A Beginners Guide to Death

A Beginners Guide to Death

Today’s selection — from The Death Class by Erika Hayasaki. Learning about death: “For much of the early twentieth century, talking openly and honestly about death was considered poor taste — especially inside classrooms. But by the 1960s, some scholars had come to believe that death education was as important as sex education, if not […]

How to grow a beautiful mind.

How to grow a beautiful mind.

Sometimes I read something that is too good not to share. I really enjoyed the following essay, it is from the New York Times (April 2015). The author, David Brooks recently wrote “The Road to Character,” Enjoy. ABOUT once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. These people can be […]

A Brave New World.

A Brave New World.

A truth about intimate relationship is that they can never be any better than our relationship with ourselves. How we relate to ourselves not only determines the choice of the Other, but also the quality of the relationship. In fact, every intimate relationship I’ve had has tacitly revealed who I was when I commenced it. […]

The Call to a Passionate Life.

The Call to a Passionate Life.

Recently, a wild, wicked old friend…Life, forced me to stop and answer the following questions: “What do I (really) want?” “What do I (honestly) feel?” “When will I (truly) be happy?” And “what must I do to feel right with myself?” Before you rush onto the rest of the article, I invite you to make […]

Khalil Gibran- The Grave-Digger.

Khalil Gibran- The Grave-Digger.

“The Grave-Digger” Once, as I was burying one of my dead selves, the grave-digger came by and said to me, “Of all those who come here to bury, you alone I like.” Said I, “You please me exceedingly, but why do you like me?” “Because,” said he, “They come weeping and go weeping—you only come […]

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Intersex, Fifty Shades of Grey
,
Intersex, Fifty Shades of Grey

Today’s selection — from Galileo’s Middle Finger by Alice Dreger. Thousands of babies are born each year with dual or anomalous sexual characteristics. The standard practice for attending physicians has been to try to “fix” the problem. Alice Dreger argues that this generally does more harm than good and often results in permanent damage or […]

The Crossroads of Should and Must.
,
The Crossroads of Should and Must.

“Does what goes on inside show on the outside?,” young Vincent van Gogh despaired in a moving letter to his brother while floundering to find his purpose. “Someone has a great fire in his soul and nobody ever comes to warm themselves at it, and passers-by see nothing but a little smoke at the top […]

A Beginners Guide to Death
A Beginners Guide to Death

Today’s selection — from The Death Class by Erika Hayasaki. Learning about death: “For much of the early twentieth century, talking openly and honestly about death was considered poor taste — especially inside classrooms. But by the 1960s, some scholars had come to believe that death education was as important as sex education, if not […]

How to grow a beautiful mind.
How to grow a beautiful mind.

Sometimes I read something that is too good not to share. I really enjoyed the following essay, it is from the New York Times (April 2015). The author, David Brooks recently wrote “The Road to Character,” Enjoy. ABOUT once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. These people can be […]

The Call to a Passionate Life.

The Call to a Passionate Life.

Recently, a wild, wicked old friend…Life, forced me to stop and answer the following questions: “What do I (really) want?” “What do I (honestly) feel?” “When will I (truly) be happy?” And “what must I do to feel right with myself?” Before you rush onto the rest of the article, I invite you to make […]

A Gentle Haunting.

A Gentle Haunting.

I’ve been plagued by ghosts recently. A haunting of sorts. Not hole in the sheet ghosts, but ghosts made of memory. As I lie in bed, in the wee hours, they travel through my mind, dragging nets filled with disembodied faces after them. I’m curious as to why they have decided to force a ‘re-membering’ […]

A Brave New World.

A Brave New World.

A truth about intimate relationship is that they can never be any better than our relationship with ourselves. How we relate to ourselves not only determines the choice of the Other, but also the quality of the relationship. In fact, every intimate relationship I’ve had has tacitly revealed who I was when I commenced it. […]

Khalil Gibran- The Grave-Digger.
Khalil Gibran- The Grave-Digger.

“The Grave-Digger” Once, as I was burying one of my dead selves, the grave-digger came by and said to me, “Of all those who come here to bury, you alone I like.” Said I, “You please me exceedingly, but why do you like me?” “Because,” said he, “They come weeping and go weeping—you only come […]

Exploring the Pain Brain.

Today’s selection — from The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge. It is the brain, not the body, that experiences pain. Repeated trauma can cause the brain to experience more pain than is warranted, a phenomenon referred to as chronic pain. This gives hope that chronic pain can be remedied through treatment of the […]