Last Valentine’s day, I sat at a table and said, “I love you more than life itself, and I cannot imagine living without you. I would have never lasted this long without you. I do not know how I ever lived before I knew you.” My husband said, “Is that you talking to me or is that the booze talking?” I said, “Neither, it’s me talking to the booze.” It is 2014—the peace rally is over, and the hippies are dead or in 12-step programs with the exception of a few that are not quite back from Woodstock yet. Yet, the world’s most abused substance has not changed. I am talking about the one inescapable vice that we humans have had since the beginning of time: love. Now here is something that is worse than anything people were smoking, snorting, or popping in the last four decades. True, cocaine will leave you physically weary, psychologically devastated, emotionally crippled, financially drained and sleep deprived. A bad love with an … [Read more...] about Do You Really Want a Long-term Relationship?
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Synopsis: On this date in 1993, we lost arguably the most iconic actor in the world of horror when Vincent Price lost his battle with lung cancer. Price starred in numerous classics including House of Wax, The Mad Magician, The Fly, Return of the Fly, and The Tingler. Today marks the 25th anniversary of his death and in honor of his work, we will review House on Haunted Hill (1959). Considered an American horror classic, House on Haunted Hill is a film that depicts a haunted house party, where the goal of the festivities is to survive a night of ghosts and spirits. Frederick Loren, an eccentric millionaire, and his fourth wife, Annabelle, invite five “strangers” to stay in an alleged haunted house with the award of $10,000 for each individual who survives the night. As the night progresses, the ghosts make their presence known to each of the guests. However, it is revealed [Spoiler Alert] that these events are an elaborate scheme for Annabelle and her secret lover, Dr. … [Read more...] about 31 Knights of Halloween: “House on Haunted Hill”
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag, to say get that son of a b***h off the field right now? He’s fired. He’s fired!” –Donald Trump “This may be one of the most vile and disgusting things that president Trump has ever said in a very long and impressive list of vile and disgusting things.” –Marc Lamont Hill Source: SpeedKingz/Shutterstock I’ve been thinking a lot about disgust these past few months. Not physical disgust, making you crinkle up your nose and say, “eww!” but moral disgust, that toxic feeling that comes when we experience words, actions, beliefs and the people who espouse them as morally tainted, evil, stupid, insane, or… deplorable. In our politically-divided country, disgust and moral outrage are increasingly what we feel for “the other side.” We can’t understand how “those people” can believe … [Read more...] about The Politics of Disgust
Well-being has become a popular concept, but what does it really mean? Many people think of well-being and illness as polar opposites, that is, when they are ill then there is not an ounce of well-being in their bodies and when they are well there is an absence of illness. However, well-being is not an “either-or” condition. Instead, well-being can be defined as a holistic experience of balance in the face of imbalance that includes the body, mind, heart, and spirit. This holistic view helps us to remember that well-being is a condition of balance in our lives - moment by moment, day by day, and year by year as we weave together our experiences of strenuous hills, steady flat paths, and glorious, thrilling rides. Well-being incorporates all of these ups, downs, and flat paths, recognizing that our lives are not about perfection – but instead about integrating our capacities and strengths with our follies and foibles. Well-being is the idea that we can have the flu and … [Read more...] about What is Well-Being?
The Brenton Arboretum in Dallas Center, Iowa Source: Patricia Prijatel It’s a sunny November day and I have found my meditative spot in the Iowa countryside—a labyrinth tucked into a grove of conifers at the Brenton Arboretum in Dallas Center, a short drive from the capital of Des Moines. I walk contemplatively, purposefully going back and forth, back and forth, until I reach the center. I am wearing my Fitbit, and the short 900-step walk takes me ten minutes. I am in no hurry—that’s the point of a labyrinth. It’s a blessed change from everyday life when I feel the need to rush from one thing to another. In fact, in an ironic twist, I got a speeding ticket driving to the arboretum. Maybe I’ll be able to slow down when I go back. The labyrinth is on a hillside, but I’m protected from the wind by a barrier of Eastern White Pines. I’m almost in the middle of the 148-acre arboretum and the silence is comforting. A tractor whirrs in … [Read more...] about You Never Get Lost In This Ancient Exercise