I’m only a gnat in the forest.

I find myself reflecting on the life of Nelson Mandela as I hear one story after another flash across my television screen.  Mandela was one of the great leaders of our time; someone we should try to emulate.  But as hard as I try, I am only a gnat in the forest.  I write compassionateContinue reading “I’m only a gnat in the forest.”

You can’t know what you don’t know. Part II

“You can’t know what you don’t know.”  That’s what my therapist said as she sat in her chair, waiting for my response.  I scanned my mind looking for clues to explain my past behavior.  When I was a boy growing up in the baptist church I was taught that we have free will — weContinue reading “You can’t know what you don’t know. Part II”

A special thanks to the Longbranch Coffeehouse & the Daily Egyptian

I want to thank the Longbranch Coffeehouse for inviting me to participate in their author series.  The book reading/discussion was held before a lively audience who offered up several interesting questions.  My book, “Mnemosyne:  A Love Affair with Memory,” has served as a vehicle for discussing one of society’s biggest sins — childhood sexual abuse.Continue reading “A special thanks to the Longbranch Coffeehouse & the Daily Egyptian”

When I first heard the words in the dark black night.

I was three, maybe fourth months into therapy.  Horrific memories of childhood sexual abuse came in different ways — sometimes a complete memory, other times in bits and pieces while meditating.  I was very proficient in meditation, and would sit for thirty to forty-five minutes, and even an hour.  The really bad memories erupted duringContinue reading “When I first heard the words in the dark black night.”

PTSD — We all have a story.

A few days ago I was checking out some other blogs.  I typed in PTSD and discovered numerous blogs about people diagnosed as having PTSD brought on by sexual and physical abuse.  My initial reaction was shock.  These people, I thought, are in bad shape and need help.  Then I realized that their stories soundedContinue reading “PTSD — We all have a story.”

Cure PTSD with a pill? Give me a break!!

Researchers at MIT suggest that we’ve moved closer to creating a pill that would remove bad memories.  Researches say they have identified a gene that plays a critical role in “memory extinction.”  Old “bad” memories would be replaced with new ones, which would, in turn, provide a pill for addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).Continue reading “Cure PTSD with a pill? Give me a break!!”

Even writers can have PTSD

Yes, even writers can have PTSD.  Although Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is commonly associated with soldiers who experience the traumas of war, it can happen to anyone.  PTSD  is a severe condition that may develop after a person is exposed to one or more traumatic events, such as sexual assault, serious injury or the threat ofContinue reading “Even writers can have PTSD”