Who are My Friends?

Facebook has put the word “friend” into the mouths and minds of millions.  We now can gather hundreds of people into our cyber-friend category.  But…who are the people you can count on as real friends?  Most of us intuitively know what real friendship is all about. ...

Confessions of an HSP, Part 2

As a highly sensitive person I coped for many decades by compartmentalizing my life.  I allowed my brain to process nearly all my emotions and reactions in order not to feel them.  I thought I was protecting myself from being overwhelmed by feelings of compassion and...

Guns and Men

I’ve been wanting to inquire about the fascination many in our country have with firearms.  There seem to be four major categories of people who enjoy the use of guns:  1.  The majority of people with guns say they want them for sport hunting of wild animals...

Sex: Use and Misuse

The primary purpose of sex from a biological perspective is, of course, procreation.   But there are many more purposes for human sexuality.  We use sex to relieve stress and tension.  Sex is also a great healer, sharing love and affection, the warmth and security of...

Coach Mom

I delighted in seeing Michael Phelps’ mother during the Olympic Games.  Debbie Phelps appears to be one of those wonderfully centered women whose simple enthusiastic presence and clear empathy have made all the difference in Michael’s world.  She reminds me of my...