2020 Democratic Candidate Quiz

The Washington Post has devised a quiz to see who you most agree with regarding policy positions amongst the Democratic candidates. I took it, and so did my friend Max. (Max is a fictional composite of real people I know who first appears in Election 2016: The Great Divide, The Great Debate.) Max and I debated … Continue reading 2020 Democratic Candidate Quiz

My Year-end Inventory

My Year-end Inventory is something I've been doing ever since I began journaling daily twenty years ago, in 1999. My journal began with a Christmas present from my father: Morning Pages Journal. I'll tell ya - neither he nor I had any idea the wildfire that simple gift would ignite. Twenty years ago today A … Continue reading My Year-end Inventory

Thunder Pass and the Box Canyon

Thunder Pass There is a chapter in my book, Election 2016, titled "Thunder Pass". Ironically, it is the shortest chapter in the book but makes a most important point about personality and the Law of Attraction. It asks three important questions: Who are you? What do you think? Where do you want to be? "Thunder … Continue reading Thunder Pass and the Box Canyon

Infinite jest: Impeachment and the Democrat Campaign

Infinite jest: impeachment and the Democrat campaign references the folly I witnessed last week. Specifically the fifth Democrat debate and the impeachment inquiry hearing. Because both events were seemingly never ending and laughable. Yet the participants were grim, dour, and angry. Nevertheless, I was smiling underneath. Most importantly what I witnessed indicates that come next … Continue reading Infinite jest: Impeachment and the Democrat Campaign

Words are manipulated to change behavior

contrast and interpretation

Words are manipulated, that's true. We think via words. Therefore the words waffling around in our brain matter. Words have power. And therefore words are manipulated to change behavior. Where do words come from? At first, that seems like a simple question; but it's not. The answer is complex, especially in today's media driven world. … Continue reading Words are manipulated to change behavior

Living solo, part III

[excerpt from Overcast: The Unauthorized Biography of Sunshine Rodriguez] Pages 136 - 38. Alternatively, if you take that solo hike, or if you live alone, you get no help, or hindrance, with all those troublesome choices. If things go awry you’ve no one to blame. You’ve got to work, clean, cook, talk, shop, and listen only … Continue reading Living solo, part III

Words are manipulated to misrepresent reality

A recent study by researchers at Northwestern University (NWUS) demonstrates how data and words are manipulated to misrepresent reality (what is true) to fit a preconceived notion and agenda. That agenda serves a political and social prejudice (feminist, progressive, postmodern liberalism). This is also known as confirmation bias. Unfortunately, today, this is a common practice … Continue reading Words are manipulated to misrepresent reality

Independent thinking

Independent thinking - if you ask people, most would probably say that that is something they mostly do; but that's likely not the case. How can I say that? Where's the evidence? Well that's the trouble with self reports, polling, even psychological testing. Independent thinking is something one can only surmise by observing and recording … Continue reading Independent thinking

The truth will set you free, or weaponized lying?

What is the truth? My Psych-girl (a third wave behaviorist, clinical Psychologist) is skeptical, not only of "the truth", but especially of my assertion that I've a handle on it. Who decides You sure can't trust the old standard bearers, if you ever could? And now, there's the new media (of which WordPress.com is part) … Continue reading The truth will set you free, or weaponized lying?