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Broken-hearted, lost in a labyrinth, encountering angels

PSYCHOLOGICAL LIFE  begins in the imagination. That’s one reason I have a sign in my office, dangling from the mantel, that asks clients if they have a dream to share or if something unusual happened since their last session. The latter — odd, sometimes surreal experiences — often communicate at great depth what is going […]

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Remembering James Hillman

(NOTE: I have done some editing since first posting this.) James Hillman, whose work I have long regarded as my  principal intellectual inspiration, died Thursday, Oct. 27. The New York Times published his obituary with this opening paragraph: James Hillman, a charismatic therapist and best-selling author whose theories about the psyche helped revive interest in […]

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Dildorado recounts sleazy men’s room encounter with Ronald McDonald

Jöns Hellsing, a member of the Swedish group Dildorado, came across a link via Project Q Atlanta to my post a few days ago about my romance with Ronald McDonald. This is the video for Dildorado’s tune “I’m lovin’ it,” a lovely fantasy of a men’s room encounter with Ronald. The group’s Facebook page describes […]

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Remembering Ronald McDonald, the wannabe porn star

Recently, a large group of health care activists wrote Jim Skinner,  CEO of McDonald’s, to suggest that the company discontinue use of its signature marketing character, Ronald McDonald. The request was prompted by concern over the epidemic of childhood obesity that is fueled by McDonald’s and other fast-food chains. Not surprisingly, the gigantic company’s shareholders […]

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How images make it get better

I’ve received a handful of mail and comments (via Facebook) on my last post about the way images can help us confront the contents of the unconscious, so that repressed material can emerge. Although this is sometimes painful, it almost always produces positive gains. Most of the people who wrote asked me to write more […]

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Sleep, dreams and creativity

The New York Times has been publishing a blog, “All-Nighters,” which it describes as “an exploration of insomnia, sleep and the nocturnal life.” It’s of personal interest to me since I’ve suffered insomnia ever since my mother’s death four years ago. I found the March 19 entry, “Why We Need to Dream” by Jonah Lehrer, […]

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Another broken promise

Here’s another (infuriating) example of President Barack Obama’s failure to make good on a campaign promise. In this case, it’s his failure to suspend the idiotic “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prohibits gay people to serve in the military unless they manage to keep their orientation a secret from everyone. In this, Obama reminds […]

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A chilling blast from the gay past

It was common practice in the 1950s for police departments to issue films to scare young people into appropriate behavior. Many of these, like the ones about marijuana use, were so obviously exaggerated that they likely created more curiosity than fear. Here is “Boys Beware,” one that typically equates pedophilia and homosexuality. Putting that absurd […]

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Manly marines at work and play

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Dirty Sanchez unlocks the mystery of beauty

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