Yes, I wish I had a dollar for every time I've had to listen to reports of the angry debate in the USA over the border wall. What you never hear in those arguments is the voice of Mexico. When I was teaching English in Mexico City in 1969, the school put me in charge … Continue reading Rescuing History | I wish I had a dollar | Mexico and the border wall
That question sounds simple and straightforward, but it isn't. Some dreams are meaningful, some aren't. I'm convinced that there are dreams where the mind is just 'doodling' with images and events, with no intention at all. Other dreams hint at meanings, but finding them is harder than solving a Rubic's Cube. Some defy any explanation, … Continue reading Dreams | What do they mean?
I wish I had a dollar for every time I've heard someone refer to the conquest of Mexico by a few hundred Spanish soldiers.
I'm returning to my Brooklyn, New York lady feeding her pigeons on Christmas morning a few years ago. I hope she was able to go out again this morning.
In case anyone wonders why there have been few posts here recently, for which I apologize, this is the reason. My wife/lifelong partner has been suffering from Alzheimer's/dementia for years, along with some severe physical disabilities. I am her chief caregiver. We have entered the late stages and as much as you can read about … Continue reading Rescuing Ourselves | Alzheimer’s and dementia
From 2006 to 2016, I ran a website that I called Shy Highway. During that time I produced my second book, The Shyness Guide, then revised it, doubling it in size to what it is today. Along the way though, I got interested in autism. At first I tried to avoid the autism debate. It … Continue reading Is this the Autism Highway?
In my novels The Birdcatcher and Skol, and in The Shyness Guide, I’ve said that I think shyness and autism are both usually natural. I've also suggested that, in some people, they may be connected. This perception of them isn’t supported by any research as far as I know. But when I was a boy … Continue reading Autism and Shyness | Are they related?
This 2010 film - subtitled "Understanding Asperger's Syndrome" - looks at first sight to be just another autism film, with a tour of autistic patients, much talk about symptoms and therapies, etc. But there is much more in the 55 minutes of this documentary. After suggesting that famous people like Einstein, Beethoven, Mozart, Van Gogh … Continue reading Autism | film review | Oops, Wrong Planet!
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. Bloch writes about the shyness that is common in wolves, and most wild animals. But he has a concept of shyness that is different. After … Continue reading Shyness and Wolves | A new way of seeing ourselves?