All-of-a-Kind Family: Fond childhood memory

I am revisiting my favorite books of childhood to analyze what was so appealing and see how they hold up for me. First up: All-of-a-Kind Famly by Sydney Taylor. All-of-a-Kind Family (the book, that is) was born in 1951, just like me. It’s the first in a series of children’s chapter books about a Jewish... Read more »

Why is mental healthcare miraculous for everyone but me?

Right wingers say we don’t need gun control, just more mental health services. How come counseling and meds immediately head off violence but took years to kick in on my milder issues? I’m kinda bummed out at the moment. That’s not unusual. I’m kinda bummed out much of the time. I’ve had years of psychotherapy and coaching. I’ve tried Zoloft, which is my family antidepressant of choice. The therapy has helped immeasurably but I don’t have a smug confidence that I’m cured, whatever that means. Antidepressants don’t help me much. They make my mouth dry but facts are facts. Life can be just as difficult as ever.

My mental health status

I am blessed. I am not violent or suicidal. I have never been housebound/bedbound depressed. I have taken only two “mental health days” in my life and both related to boyfriend issues decades ago. I have the capacity to work and to love, which is Freud’s definition of mental health. I’m a Jewish neurotic. Like Woody Allen but without allegations of sexual perversion. Also without his level of artistic and commercial success. Actually, this post may come off as insensitive, since I may be making light of mental health issues that torment other people much more intensely. If so, I apologize.

Mental healthcare is society’s magic bullet

Apparently right wingers believe we don’t need gun control. Instead, we need more attention to mental healthcare in this country to prevent mass shootings. Get all those psychiatrists and psychologists and social workers on it and we’ll all be safe. This is an interesting approach, given that mental health is damn expensive and is only covered sufficiently in the very best health insurance policies. Could it be that the NRA cares about people and their mental wellbeing much more than I would have guessed? I am deeply touched. Just thinking this thought cheers me up. How do the Republicans propose we pay for all this diagnosis, counseling, meds, residential treatment, and such? Interesting question. I’m sure they’re working on it. They’ll report something out of committee soon. Now back to my original question:

How come mental healthcare is miraculous for everyone but me?

In my strictly personal experience, it took me years not to sob dramatically when a date who said he would call me about Saturday night never followed through or when my mother made a passive-aggressive comment. But now our political leadership say that mental health professionals can prevent mass killings if only they receive a heads-up before the first shot rings out. How does that work? Is there a better pill out there that I don’t know about? A magic observation in counseling that instantly calms the troubled mind? The only guaranteed solution that I can conceive of is to lock up every potentially violent youth in an institution until he is deemed cured. This may take years or even their lifetimes. Is this really what the far right has in mind? I have to admit, they really think big. Type your email address in the box and click the "create subscription" button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.

Gun rights and rape prevention: The perfect marriage

Note: This is satire. It doesn’t mean what it appears to say. I had hoped it would be unnecessary to state this, but alas, my reading of social media tells me that some people won’t know this unless it is pointed out to them. For instance, many people still don’t know that Andy Borowitz in... Read more »
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Apparently I’m running behind in my TV viewing. I just started watching the first season of The Crown, an absorbing Netflix series about the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II. (That’s the current Queen Elizabeth.) Though I’m not nearly old enough to have experienced many of her life events at the time, I was... Read more »

How to ID the best prospects for your freelance business writing

For freelance copywriters serving businesses, our best prospects are the companies or solo professionals that already have great copy. Sounds counterintuitive, right? Marketing is supposed to be about problem solving. So we look for a prospect who has a problem we can solve, right? And if we are writers, the problem we want to solve... Read more »

Stop the (marketing) world. I want to get off.

Back in the ‘60s, there was a musical called Stop the World, I Want to Get Off. Its big song was “What Kind of Fool Am I?,” which was sung on TV constantly. Kinda like “Memory” from Cats but two decades earlier. Anyhow, its title was adapted back in the day to any topic a... Read more »

What I don’t understand about the 2016 Presidential election. Please explain.

Somehow many of us believe that the federal government would be much different (and better) had Hillary Clinton been elected, but I don’t see how. We would still have had a Republican dominated Senate and House and lots of gridlock, IMHO. The story we are hearing is that Clinton lost solely because she and her... Read more »

Cher had 17 bathrooms and why I care

The Wall Street Journal reports that Cher’s old house is on the market again. It has 11 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms. Plus it has a four-bedroom guesthouse, which, I assume, has at least two bathrooms, maybe more. Maybe more than four if her ratios hold steady. Cher lived there in the eighties and sold it... Read more »

The best thing about Fire and Fury

Less than two weeks ago I blogged about Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff. The book was a hot topic way back when but has now faded from our memories, what with “shithole” versus “shithouse” being the issue of the day(s). Oh, and we’re looking at a possible government shutdown.... Read more »

What the hell is wrong with Michelle Williams’s agent?

The big news on the Hollywood vs. women scene is that Williams did her reshoots for “All the Money in the World” for almost free while her male costar, Mark Wahlberg, got $1.5 million. The common “wisdom” is that Williams was stupid and weak for not demanding more. If she doesn’t have the self-esteem and... Read more »