The River Why Revisited

The River Why (1983) is a novel by David James Duncan (1952) that I've reread now because the movie version (2010) casts Amber Heard in the female role. The movie is very good, the novel stellar. The novel is now historical fiction. It accurately and brilliantly depicts what it was like to be a certain type … Continue reading The River Why Revisited

Enemy Of God: King Arthur

Is a novel (1996) by Bernard Cornwell. He also wrote The Winter King (1995) which the Netflix series The Last Kingdom was based on. I loved this book. It is historical fiction at its finest. Because it attempts to take something that is unknowable, indeed, even uncertain and give it life - authenticity. Is that possible? The tale takes … Continue reading Enemy Of God: King Arthur

Memorial Day Down By The River

This Memorial Day weekend found me experiencing time travel. In mid-March my long-time friend passed away. His daughter and son decided to have a service for him and his long-time partner on that national day of remembrance. Fitting. The "returning" celebration was held on the land they had lived on for decades. It is land … Continue reading Memorial Day Down By The River

Crazy Love: Depp and Heard

Recently I was asked to recommend five books on any subject of my choosing. I chose Personality. The list was for a new website, Shepherd.com, that aims to rival Goodreads for book lovers. Two books not on the list are Interpersonal Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders and Crazy Love: Dealing With your Partner's Problem Personality. … Continue reading Crazy Love: Depp and Heard

The Son Of Tarzan

would not be published today. The book would be deemed racist and sexist. Because in the postmodern world we find ourselves in - that would be true. Therefore, no publisher could touch it without considerable risk of a social backlash. Thankfully, the book was published (1917) as part of Edgar Rice Burroughs' tremendously successful Tarzan … Continue reading The Son Of Tarzan

The Call Of The Wild

is my calling. As well as a classic novel by Jack London. It was first published in 1903, and became the most read book of its time. The book made London rich and famous. I first read it in 1972, living in a cabin on the Poudre River. However, I likely read "To Build A … Continue reading The Call Of The Wild

Man’s Search For Meaning

is ongoing and is getting to be a very crowed space. However, this post is mostly concerned with Viktor Frankl's best selling book about the World War Two Holocaust. In addition Frankl's Logotherapy. My provider, a clinical Psychologist, suggested I read this book. Because well lately, things have been grim. What follows are my thoughts, … Continue reading Man’s Search For Meaning

Resistance to Truth

is almost always because of threat. Real or imagined to one's well-being. Naturally. Well-being being with regard to ones's health. Meaning ones's state of: 1) physical; 2) mental; 3) psychological; 4) emotional; 5) social; 6) economic. Anyone or all. Unfortunately the truth varies. There is short-term truth and long-term truth. In the short-term truth often … Continue reading Resistance to Truth

I see only what I want to see

Is lyrics to a song suggested to me via Spotify. Because I watched another 'suggestion' via YouTube. That was Jewel's live performance at Woodstock 99 of her first hit Who Will Save Your Soul. Situational depression is a state of mind I find myself in from time to time. And I was experiencing one at my … Continue reading I see only what I want to see