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Rafting the Colorado

Not quite twenty-six years ago, my wife, daughter and I rafted the Colorado River with an experienced river guide. The expectations were explicitly communicated by her advising us to “... remain in the raft at all times and follow my instructions to the letter without fail.” Also, if, by chance, we were ejected from the raft for any reason, the gui...
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Child's Lament

Is life so dear Or death so near That victories are our food? Competition is tough And winning is rough And our mannerisms are crude. Is striving for gains Or wracking our brains For wealth and ugly power... All that we are living for In these rugged Uncomfortable hours? Author Note: Dr. Larry B. Gelman is a Clinical Psychologist and a Personal Men...
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"Feelings Aren't Right"

“Feelings aren’t right.” They simply exist to orient us to what we need, want or require. Affective experience is an ontogenetic precursor to cognition. Developmentally, feelings occur long before our thinking with language is possible. As such, feelings are pre-verbal and pre-logical. Again, they simply exist to orient us to what we need, want or ...
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Robbed at Gunpoint

Robbed at gunpoint by only three men. Three against one seemed like overkill then. Money they wanted and demanded it now. If I refused, they promised to shoot me...pow! I said, if you please, a moment will I need. Assessing if I ought to acquiesce or bleed. Surprised were their faces when asked I for time. We got the gun, sucker; can drop you on a ...
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"I Count Grains of Sand"

He was but a humble young adult visitor from a foreign land, a guest in the home of a very wealthy older man. Opulence, bordering on decadence, permeated every room of the host’s palacial estate. A clever psychopath-in-disguise and less-than-honorable man, the elder made a most striking first impression! Who was this heavily monied individual with ...
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Bullying

I grew up in a fairly rough Chicago neighborhood. Gangs were everywhere and the girl-gang was, especially, scary! But the bottom-line was there was a “code” and a “pecking-order.” Invariably, the “big peckers” were surrounded by “little peckers.” Pecking someone down was designed to establish relative hierarchical position, status and turf. In the ...
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Chosen

No one wants to be the one who is not “chosen.” There is almost always a sense that the “final selection” is, ultimately, unfair to one or more of the principals... As well as, inevitable questions being raised about one or more unfair criteria utilized in the selection-process. We may ask, rhetorically, what about the “chosen” one is any better th...
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