I live outside Asheville, North Carolina. We haven't been getting good press in this neck of the woods lately, and it breaks my heart for people to think that all the people who live here are bigots and rednecks. I picked up one of my favorite books yesterday as a kind of escape from all the political drama over these past few weeks. How many of you know about the Eugenics Board of North Carolina? Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain talks about the time period when public welfare agencies and institutions could petition to have individuals sterilized in an effort to combat poverty and welfare costs. It sounds horribly Nazi-like, doesn't it? The Eugenics Board was in operation from 1933 until the law allowing its existence was repealed in 1977. I grew up in South Carolina, and I wa...
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I have never been a psychotherapist or a counselor or a psychological counselor. I have neither training nor credentials nor professional competence in those disciplines. But I have, over the past 30-plus years, utilized the services of same as a client. And on the basis of my client’s-eye view of psychotherapy and counseling, I have concluded that if the Nation ever needs psychotherapeutic counseling – which I believe it does, and rather desperately, at that – that Donald Trump would be the worst therapist / counselor the Nation could possibly consult. (With the possible exception of Ted Cruz. Since Trump is the current front-runner I will concentrate on him, but I won't quibble.) Please do not misunderstand: I have never had a traumatic experience with a therapist, because all the th
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If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. – 1 Corinthians 13:1 Today is Super-Tuesday, a day when political parties in mostly southern states choose who they want to run as their Presidential Candidate. So far in this election we have heard the traditional political rhetoric and a great deal of speech filled with anger, hate, bigotry, greed and plan nonsense. My choice of candidate is not important, no, rather what is important is that each of us look carefully at who is running and who has the American peoples best interest. Not just white, male, and wealthy, but all Americans regardless of socioeconomic status, choice of faith, where they come from, color of their skin, age, or gender identification. All Americans