In one of my books – not sure if it's in The Shyness Guide or my first novel, The Birdcatcher (could be both) - I said that reading and writing are older than speech. That's an idea that I have never seen anywhere else. But this week, re-reading the James Hillman/Michael Ventura book, We've Had … Continue reading Rescuing the Past and/or Anthropology and/or Psychology |How reading and writing preceded Talking
In the Jan/Feb 2014 edition of The Atlantic, journalist Scott Stossel told about his own lifelong debilitating anxiety, then discussed the nature of anxiety, ending with this: Is pathological anxiety a medical illness, as Hippocrates and Aristotle and many modern psychopharmacologists would have it? Or is it a philosophical problem, as Plato and Spinoza and … Continue reading Is Anxiety Natural?
On this Christmas morning, after feeding a set of sparrows and starlings who I've been friends with for some years, I had to revisit this photo of a woman I encountered one Christmas morning in a Brooklyn street feeding her pigeons. She also has something in that grocery bag for the grey cat on her … Continue reading Rescuing Nature |Feeding Christmas Birds
In my book The Shyness Guide, I discuss The Pipestone Wolves, a book by animal behaviorist Gunter Bloch about a family of wolves that lived in Canada's Banff National Park. In explaining wolves, Bloch writes about the shyness that is common in many of them. But he has a concept of shyness that is different. … Continue reading Shyness and Wolves
In my August 4/2018 post, I presented psychiatrist Ian Stevenson, who spent decades investigating children who speak of past lives. Here is the first of those children, the first in his book Ten Cases of the Reincarnation Type in India. Gopal Gupta was born Aug 26, 1956 in Delhi. One day, age 2 and a … Continue reading Paranormal World | Children who remember past lives | Gopal Gupta
This week on the Weather Network website I encountered another of those diatribes against people who release goldfish into public waters. It was the usual thing. The goldfish are an invasive species competing with native species, overwhelming them, etc. People should realize that releasing their goldfish [here it was specifically flushing them down the toilet) … Continue reading Rescuing Nature | Leave the Goldfish alone!
Back on Jan 1, 2018 I put my little three page World War 4 story (Dawn of a New World on the White House Lawn) on this site as a free PDF, and I see that it has had almost no takers. Hmmm ...... can it really be that no one wants to know the outcome … Continue reading World War 4 | Don’t you want to know what happened?
Last week I went for a walk below the Scarborough Bluffs, the 12,000 year old cliff along the north shore of Lake Ontario created by a giant glacial river during the last ice age. After a long winter, I walked in the spring sunshine there, and explored the woods that grow in the deep gullies … Continue reading The Lost 11 year-old Loner |Was he really Lost?
When Toronto was renovating its waterfront a few years ago, someone got the idea that a small wetland might be created at the foot of Spadina Avenue. Apparently large pike from Lake Ontario were known to be congregating there every spring, looking for a place where they used to spawn. To the city's credit, this … Continue reading Rescuing Nature, then trashing her again