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Integral Life Practice

The beauty of these written words transforms the jadedness I feel after the day I’ve had (due to high physical pain levels) into that of healing and compassion, not just for me, but for all sentient beings on both immanent and transcendent levels. The authors write…

Ransom River

…some of my peers bullied a younger teenager. I didn’t understand why they were attacking her. I didn’t really know her well, but she seemed like a nice kid and her two siblings were popular peers. She died of an accident one summer. I remember a friend talking about…

Trashed

I love Kathy Kinney’s character. She’s an ‘infiltrator’ for the magazine where she and Simone work, playing the role of a tabloid journalist turned masterful actress, infiltrating funerals, charity benefits, weddings, and other sundry affairs. She takes on the vain and the vapid.

Trading Dreams

I keep reading about all this angry sex, needy sex, suffocating sex, S/M sex (including self-flagellation), and victim sex. It’s not erotic, it’s not funny, and it’s not loving. It’s pathetic sex by a woman who feels victimized, but who does a lot of preying on others as well. I’m finding nothing I can relate to…

Victims

‘Great big piles of greasy, grimy gopher guts…’ is the song line that unfortunately comes to me as I’m reading these beginning chapters. The usual gory beginning of an Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis case, as always, leaves me wanting to read more…

And She Was

I need only look as far as my twenty-six years as a therapist to realize the potential horrors this syndrome of not being able to forget anything would invite into my life. I already have memories of crack house murders, head decapitations, gang rapes, childhood sexual abuse, animal tortures, ritualistic…

Twilight of the Elites

While many of these powerful people believe that they are the best and the brightest, that simply isn’t true. I look no further than George W. Bush to invalidate that premise. Many of the best and brightest are living simpler lives, focusing on healing themselves and others in a spiritual tradition of love, compassion, equality, soulfulness, and creativeness, thereby not raping the environment or one another…

The Book of the Dead

Fascinating things I’m learning while reading this book: the correct way to cut my wrists while attempting suicide; how to create panic, fear, and terror within a large group that will later lead to severe PTSD symptoms; and how to make nitroglycerin. The first two things I already know from being a therapist, and the last tidbit is really one I don’t think I’ll need in my everyday life.

Reviewer Spotlight: Carol Anderson

What’s the oddest thing you own? My two favorites are Floyd, a two-foot-tall plastic penguin nattily dressed in a black bow tie; and Spot, a small brown papier-mâché pig. I’ve had them since my college days and they hold places of honor in my den. In college, Floyd had a date…

A New Reformation

Although I was always a nature mystic (my childhood is steeped in memories of the fecundity of nature—of enjoying walks in the woods with my dog and finding tadpoles in the creek, and embracing our yearly vacations to northern Michigan with the…

The Madman’s Tale

For a person diagnosed with schizophrenia, the hallucinations may be psychotic, or they may be the subconscious mind asserting itself and telling the person and the world that life must be looked at through different lenses than the conscious mind. I always need to be able to explore these differences and listen to what is really being said and done as the soul speaks in so many languages, and unfortunately, I’m not multilingual.

Night Watch

Drugs, sex, rock n’ roll. Ok, so there’s no rock n’ roll, but I’ve got everything else I could want in a mystery novel: drugs and sex, prostitution, counterfeiting, history lessons, skulls and bones, thieving, international intrigue, murder, politics, rape, and psychopathology. I’m engaged by the blending of…