A poem: Time Until

The first was a tragedy I unintentionally or intentionally killed a man And heard for years he remained heavily unable As I, wading through, gathering up, and trying to hold together Too many pieces of a false self, of a false, weak, world Unable to know anything about love   The second was less tragic,…

Art and Living Authentically

A friend of mine and I were speaking several years ago now about the nature of being an artist. He is a writer, among other things, and explained that he believes the true artist is one who creates in solitude, with no intent to share. For those artists who do display their work, he believes…

Staying…

I’ve always been a bit neurotic. I have a tendency towards obsessive worry, claustrophobia, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety, the occasional panic attack and mild to moderate mood disturbances. Ironically, I hardly ever worry about the things others might – things grounded in reality, such as money, work or retirement. I worry about things that aren’t likely…

The Problem is Not Gun Violence

Ugh. Videos, or dare I say propaganda like this distracts us from the actual problems this country faces. Here’s what I mean. First of all, as has been proven repeatedly through a history of strategic analyses, trying to mitigate something by addressing it at the end of its causal chain – by creating laws aimed…

The Effects of Technological Globalization on the Legitimacy of Hezbollah

Globalization has affected terrorist organizations in much the same way it has effected broader society, providing unparalleled opportunities to many that previously had little. The extent to which globalization has begun to level the world is evident when examining the vast number of terrorist organizations utilizing the Internet and other globalized versions of technology in…

Cultural Neuroscience: Self-Construal Style and its Neural Bases

Cultural differences in human behavior have been evident for thousands of years. For equally as long, differences in cultural practices and values, such as self-construal style, or the varied manner in which individuals within specific cultures tend to view the self relative to others (as either individualist or collectivist) were attributed to or explained by…

Image

Image is as powerful as it is superficial. It has been my experience that there are numerous unwritten rules about being a woman. Some of them are as follows: if you’re an unattractive woman (according to our cultural standards) and you’re complaining about the pressure society puts on women to be beautiful, it’s because you’re…

In Defense of the Selfie

I read an article recently entitled, “Selfies Aren’t Empowering. They’re a Cry for Help.” After laughing for a minute, I realized I felt mildly attacked. Channeling my inner Yoda, I took a breath, and read on. In the article, Ms. Erin Gloria Ryan disputes the claim made by some, that selfies are a “small pulse…