Archive for January 2011

Narcissus and Me

Narcissus by Caravaggio
Shortly after beginning my career as a blogger, I added a new activity to my usual repertoire- blog checking. That is, checking my own blog to see if anyone has read it. After all, if a tree falls in the forest with no one to hear it, does it make a sound?  So I would... Read more »

Oh Brothers- Where Art Thou?

Do you ever wonder about coincidences? Take the case of two great films that closed out 2010, “The King’s Speech’ and “The Fighter.” Both are based on true stories. In “The King’s Speech,”  an introverted younger brother attempts to rise out of his older brother’s shadow, and be the man he was meant to be. In... Read more »

A Tale of Two Cities

I just came back from the winter meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association, which was held in New York City, the place where it was born 100 years ago.  The men and women who introduced psychoanalysis to America were mostly immigrants, who came here looking for a place to belong. That’s what they found in... Read more »

Us and Them-Revisited

Who’s responsible for the shooting in Tucson?  Not the politicians who trade in words, not bullets.  Not the gun sellers, who are just trying to make an honest living. Not the staff at Pima Community College, who removed the perpetrator from the classroom in order to maintain the safety of their community. No, ultimately responsibility... Read more »

Us and Them/Home Sweet WashiChicago

This is the entry I started to write on 1/8/11:                                              Home Sweet WashiChicago When I first heard that William Daley was going back to Washington to fill the job previously held by Rahm... Read more »

Time- It's Unstoppable. Or Is It?

When I said that time was unstoppable, I lied.  Sort of.  Consider this: In the latter part of the 19th century, a young woman was stricken with a strange illness that stymied the Viennese health care system. She exhibited a variety of strange symptoms- cough, paralysis, hallucinations, vision problems, and that’s just for starters.  According to... Read more »