Loved for who you are

Recently, Kathy and I watched Rocketman, and Sir Elton John's quest to be loved for who he truly is, depicted in that film, gave me the idea for this post. Humans and confidence Modern psychology emphasizes how impactful our childhood experiences are on our approach to adult life. This is so for many reasons, but…

Intelligence and Happiness

The closing stanza of Thomas Gray's "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College" reads: To each his sufferings: all are men, Condemn'd alike to groan— The tender for another's pain, Th' unfeeling for his own. Yet, ah! why should they know their fate, Since sorrow never comes too late, And happiness too swiftly flies? Thought would…

More progress

The Hunt for Happiness: Conversations on Truth paperback proof copy is in shipment to my house for final review, the last tweaks to the e-book are in progress, and I'm in conversations with a marketing firm to help get the book in front of people.

Jesus and the Hunt for Happiness

The Hunt for Happiness: Conversations on truth uses my life, fictive stories, and characters to focus on why we make it so hard to help and love one another.  That struggle, focused on controlling rules and behaviors, is the major theme throughout the book.  The ultimate goal is to live in world similar to the Kingdom of…

Learn Your Lessons Well

Problems and causality tend to repeat Simple Solutions Part 3 (Part 1) Blame is not a solution (Part 2) Problem definition requires open minds (This Post) Problems and causality tend to repeat (learn your lessons well) Solutions that restrict freedom create oppression Happiness, Justice, and peace result from well solved problem Problems with problems In…

Feast of the Grinch

He's a mean one!   My heart grew ten sizes that day, it’s true But back in my cave, I’m now very blue. How dare they be happy and full of joys And it’s not because I returned all their toys. The food was great and I didn’t pay a cent I did them no…

Simple solutions Part 2: Out of the Box

Problem Definition Requires Open Minds Continuing the series on Unhappy Simple yet simple solutions, we find ourselves at post #2: (Part 1) Blame is not a solution (This post) Problem definition requires open minds Problems and causality tend to repeat (learn your lessons well) Solutions that restrict freedom create oppression Happiness, Justice, and peace result…

Religion, Temptation, and Evil 

  Religion, Temptation, and Evil.  Just the title is disconcerting! My forthcoming book, The Hunt for Happiness, provides fictional characters to give context for the battles that we all face in deciding what is “good” and what is “bad”.  My conclusions include a strong notion that our ever expanding set of rules, laws, taboos, words…

Temptation, Evil, and Magic

In these post-modern times, our television and films are filled with magic, with super powers, with demons and monsters, and with hedonism.  Kathy and I quite enjoy horror films, and series such as American Horror Story, and Supernatural, and this post is not a polemic against such things but, rather, a discussion of the interrelationship…