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Out of the Past

Whenever we see someone caught in a maelstrom, we always look to help. It’s just one of the things we do. And we also always look back in time to see if someone else who faced a similar situation, could give guidance to the embattled of today. So here’s some advice to those facing the […]

In the Eye (or Mind) of the Beholder

Construal: “…[A] social psychological term that refers to the way in which (or the process of) people perceive, comprehend, and interpret the world around them.”

—AlleyDog.com Psychology Glossary


As a psychology student at the University of Kansas many years ago, I remember becoming particularly intrigued with that branch of the science known as social […]

The Politics of Personal Destruction on Steroids

“The principal object [of the Federalists is] the political, and even the personal, destruction of John Quincy Adams.”

—Governor James Sullivan of Massachusetts, 1808

“I think that these were obviously personal and private moments that unfortunately were made public for partisan, political purposes—a part of the ongoing politics of personal destruction that was so much […]

A Shell Game, Changes and Feet of Clay

How politicians and the powerful scam the trusting and unwary.

When my wife, Dee, was a little girl growing up in the Philippines, one day her mother gave her ten pesos and instructed her to proceed to the town market and purchase food for the family. On the way, Dee encountered a group of men […]

Converting Life’s Lemons into Lemonade

Adopting a positive outlook on tumultuous world events.

A creeping concern on my part has come to the surface of late—that too many of my blog posts have been focusing overly much on the negative side of everything. Depressingly so. That reservation was underscored recently by the observations of a new acquaintance who started following […]