A man under the control of a deceitful, selfish, abusive woman, is damned near doomed. If she is crafty enough she can maintain her control for a very long time. If not, she will overplay her hand at some point and he will suddenly see her clearly.Read More The Pretender
This morning I was reading some Marcus Aurelius. Then I got into my car and drove to South Salem HS where I mentor two boys. While driving there I noted how I had short outbursts at people driving as fools. Not road rage, but an elevated spurt of emotion all the same. I was observing […]Read More Driving in Traffic with Virtue
Nauthiz is a favorite rune of mine. It is simply a straight line with another one crossing it at an angle. If I told you to imagine rubbing two sticks together to try and light a fire, you might imagine this. I love this rune. It is one of my favorites. Symbols have this amazing […]Read More Nauthiz
laying down some groundwork for the book that I’m writing. Here is a draft. Next up is beginning myths. Yup, creation myths and why that might matter. A couple of decades ago I was somewhere between Nevada and Japan and had walked to a phone booth on whatever post I was on so that I […]Read More why the beginning?
While attending Faeryworlds this last weekend and reading and drinking between musical acts, I had some thoughts on Odin. Feminine arts of Seidr I’m not convinced that the feminine aspect here is sexual. It may be other things. Take the raw, masculine power found in Thurisaz, the rune of Thor. It is immediate. It is […]Read More Thoughts on Odin
I was a member of Psi Chi at the University of Houston In the late 90’s and we operated a snack sales that helped to pay for club expenses. This meant that we had to staff it during regular hours of school so that students, staff, and faculty could drop by and purchase stuff. No […]Read More proximity effect and retention in the military
In 2004 I deployed to Iraq in support of OIF2. I came home and reentered my life, only to discover problems bubbling to the surface over the next two years. I entered weekly counseling, thanks to a generous support from Returning Veterans Project, and over the course of two years I was guided back to […]Read More Rebuttal to the naïvety of Phipps “Positive Psychology and War: An Oxymoron”
Back in the 90’s I was stationed in Tennessee for a few months where I was learning the basics of aircraft electrical systems. We had four-man rooms and every floor had a communal “head”, aka, a bathroom. There were toilet stalls on one side, sinks and mirrors on the other, and a large open room […]Read More Resonate
Because much of the time the expression of anger would be out of proportion to the situation. So many of the men would simply suppress the energy. Like holding onto an internal explosion. I remember telling my therapist that I often felt like a million pieces that wanted to fly apart, held together with old Scotch tape. This dichotomy of holding it in, or exploding out, creates a curious energy as the act of not doing anything adds to the fuel of anger in his thoughts. For the thoughts associated with the anger are often righteous in their tone. And it does not take much to be convinced that holding back isn’t worth it. In a battle of wills, righteousness will often win out over fear. In this heated internal world of thought I’ve injected Stoic thought into the mix.Read More Stoic Throat Punches
Between eight and ten years ago I regularly went to therapy. I was struggling with two major forces at the time. The first was that my sense of normal, the horizon of my moral landscape, was still that of someone on a deployment. This is to say that in this context there is a survive […]Read More … or should I get a cup of coffee?