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Random Reflections

Random Reflections

Getting in Fights with Strangers

I saw a video on Facebook. Two drivers, apparently contesting a parking space, were ramming each other’s cars. They were using their vehicles like bumper cars at an amusement park. But there was nothing amusing about the video. Below the video, people had left thousands of comments.  Many decried the stupidity of the combatants. I don’t think low intelligence had anything to do with it. I saw rage. And I’ve been there. I’ve never rammed someone else’s car with my own, but I have felt like it. Wanted to do it. Fantasized about it. It Takes Two Scenes like the one …

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On the 12th Day of Therapy…

When my partner, Mike, first heard the Christmas carol The 12 Days of Christmas as a child, he thought the “partridge in a pear tree” was something about a “juniper tree.” I’m impressed that he knew the word “juniper” before he ever heard of a partridge. My own experience with The 12 Days of Christmas is that, as much as I respect holiday traditions, this is one that’s fun to monkey with. You can sing about “the 12 days of…” just about anything, making up lyrics to fit the theme. I guess you wouldn’t want a word with more than …

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How Much Security Can You Stand?

Security is comfy, isn’t’ it? It’s like being able to stay home all day in your pajamas, surrounded by your stuff, knowing what to expect from the cat, the TV, and the kitchen faucet that drips once an hour. The big, ugly outside world isn’t there to bother you, or judge you, or expect anything from you. What would we do without a basic sense of security? Probably not much. Security allows us a reasonable expectation of safety. Without that, we’d pretty much need to spend all our time worrying and planning for disaster. Of course, having security means sticking …

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“Sorry” Isn’t Always Good Enough

I’m on vacation this week, and my mom has come to town to join me on a couple of road trips. A few days ago we were in the tippy-left corner of Oregon, visiting the historic city of Astoria. Nestled in the hills at the mouth of the Columbia River, the town has a generous supply of hotels with river views. We checked out several on arrival before selecting the one that seemed to have the best location and amenities for our purposes. It was by no means the least expensive, but it seemed like paying a little extra would …

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