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Mean Girls Aren’t Just in High School: Be Kind Whenever Possible

Mean Girls Aren’t Just in High School: Be Kind Whenever Possible

by Dr. Donna Roberts
 
A childhood friend recently posted a nostalgic meme on Facebook. It was all fun and friendly. Until it wasn’t.
I Have Written a Volume of Poetry

I Have Written a Volume of Poetry

by Angela Kubinec
 
I have written a volume of poetry, a manuscript intended to be read as a body of work by someone with refinement and sensitivity, such as yourself.
Dilemma: Overextended

Dilemma: Overextended

I love fixing things—fixing problems, leading committees, volunteering for the needs of the community, etc., etc. The problem is everyone knows this and I can never say no.
I Remember, Therefore I Am, Part 1—Memory and the Self

I Remember, Therefore I Am, Part 1—Memory and the Self

by Dr. Donna Roberts
 
Do you have a good memory? Are you sure? After all, you probably don’t remember what you don’t remember.
Adventures in Library Standing

Adventures in Library Standing

by Emile DeWeaver
 
I have this thing I do when I see a book lying unattended. I check the copyright page to see what printing the book is in, and then I read the first sentence of the first chapter.
Dilemma: a Loved One in an Abusive Relationship

Dilemma: a Loved One in an Abusive Relationship

Dear Dr. Donna: My daughter is in an abusive relationship. Her husband is very controlling and there have been times when he has gotten physically violent with her.
Ozick vs. Heller: The Sweet Science of Literary Catfights

Ozick vs. Heller: The Sweet Science of Literary Catfights

Our pulses are quickened by the prospect of a literary catfight, just as the hearts of men beat faster when they approach the scene of a high-stakes sporting event.
You Can’t Unring a Bell: Regrets and Do-Overs

You Can’t Unring a Bell: Regrets and Do-Overs

by Dr. Donna Roberts
 
Regrets: everyone has them to some extent. Harsh words, career mistakes, missed opportunities—these are all common experiences.
A Weapon of Mass Satisfaction

A Weapon of Mass Satisfaction

by Emile DeWeaver
 
Someone was about to perform a musical, and while Les Miserables and childhood memories of The Sound of Music have seeded some appreciation for the genre, a musical is hardly something I’d shirk work to watch.
Dilemma: To Party or Not to Party?

Dilemma: To Party or Not to Party?

Dear Dr. Donna: Come Friday night, my partner just wants to don her yoga pants and curl up with a book and the cat. She would be happy to spend all weekend in a Netflix haze.
The Silence of the Goats

The Silence of the Goats

by Jennifer Pruiett-Selby
 
As I began working on this column, I had just discovered a countdown website loaded with symbols attributed to the so-called Illuminati.
And It Still Hurts: Why Even Minor Childhood Wounds Still Ache

And It Still Hurts: Why Even Minor Childhood Wounds Still Ache

By Dr. Donna Roberts
 
“It is quite true that man lives by bread alone—when there is no bread. But what happens to man’s desires when there is plenty of bread and when his belly is chronically filled?"
Dilemma: Blocked

Dilemma: Blocked

Dear Dr. Donna: My problem isn’t a new one but it’s new to me. In fact, when others said they had this problem I just thought they were making excuses and procrastinating.
Blasphemy

Blasphemy

by Emile DeWeaver
 
A poet held a workshop in San Quentin and told the class, “We shouldn’t fool ourselves. Poetry is not going to change the world.”
Paradise Lost, a.k.a. The Reckless Innocence of My Generation’s Childhood

Paradise Lost, a.k.a. The Reckless Innocence of My Generation’s Childhood

by Dr. Donna Roberts
 
Turns out we were damaged in childhood. We didn’t realize it at the time, but now we are enlightened.
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