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There is no meaningful definition of a human, interpersonal relationship that does not include accountability. If what I want is a meaningful, interdependent, mutually beneficial communion with you, then that must include a more or less perpetual willingness on my part to account when an acc…

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As Trump’s world collapses around him—abandoned by CEOs, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, several key Republicans in Congress, and some in the conservative news media—it’s time to see him for what he is: a minor business executive who has no business being president of the United States.

 

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As someone who regularly teaches about the political philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr., I often spend time discussing with students the ways in which King’s ideas are taken out of context and turned into sound bites in order to support positions he would not himself have taken. The most obvious example is how his most memorable line from the “I Have a Dream” speech about not judging people based on the color of their skin but the content of their character is used to justify attacks on affirmative action—a policy he definitely endorsed—or cited in a way to claim that the best path forward for racial justice is to somehow ignore race and become colorblind. The white supremacist violence in Charlottesville is proof that we cannot simply try to ignore the problems of racism now.

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It doesn’t take much to get me excited about the Mill Valley Film Festival. And, it’s coming up fast – 43 days – but who’s counting.

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Let me define my terms: Mean People are people who need us to feel lousy about ourselves. I’m not kidding. They need us to feel badly about ourselves the way vampires need to drink our blood. It’s the way they shore up their identity. Rene Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am.” Mean People say, “You feel derided, humiliated, and put down, therefore I am.”

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Love relationships follow observable trajectories. They are dynamic. They evolve. If not, then, to be sure, they devolve. True love will not for long stand still or remain silent in the face of inertia.

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Brothers and sisters, lemme ask you: Could you make up President Donald Trump if you hadn’t seen him first?

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There is indeed a very short list of moments wherein it’s good to be reactive:

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I have been in the medical field for over 40 years. I have researched and researched as many aspects (the side effects and contradictions) of many different drugs, especially marijuana. I have posted on Facebook and Twitter several articles over the last four years, and written letters to newspapers as to why its legalization may be much more harmful to a very large population, medically speaking, especially those between the ages of 15 and 25. 

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I don’t blame the Boy Scouts for President Donald Trump’s bizarre speech at the National Jamboree in West Virginia last week.

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Human males have occasional visions of the good old days, running through the African veldt wearing a loincloth and a spear, chasing down a darting eland for dinner. This is a common hallucination of the modern urban male, referred to (by me) as the cheetah complex, where men imagine they we…

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He’s stingy. Stingy with his loving reassurance. When she needs it is when he’s least likely to offer it. He scolds her for being insecure.

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Anyone else struck by the cold embrace of San Francisco city leaders of the mandate for legal marijuana?

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All thriving couples attend to the equation of “separateness and connectedness.” Meaning, thriving love relationships require both a nurtured connectedness and a healthy separateness.

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Naruto, a fellow from Indonesia, filed a copyright suit in San Francisco. San Franciscans barely noticed.

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What follows is the companion to my June 14 column. I mean, what’s good for the gander is good for the goose, right?

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Jay Haley (1923–2007) is amongst my heroes in my chosen profession. I’ve read everything he’s ever written. I traveled to hear him speak. He was brilliant.

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The Brothers Grimm were Jacob and Wilhelm, German born in the later 1700’s, and best known for publishing fairy tales, such as Snow White, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretal, Rapunzel, and the Frog Prince.

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He’s 48, but everything about his countenance and energy cries out 7 or 8 years old. His face is a train wreck of rage, shame, and humiliation. A melting candle wax of self-loathing drips down his body language. His lip trembles and tears fill his eyes, like a boy will do when his mother or …

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I forgot the names of one friend, two relatives and three elementary school teachers last week. The good news is: It wasn’t my fault. Not according to some depressing medical information I read about my brain (and your brain) that I want to share with you while

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If I met songwriter Don McLean, I’d thank him for his song “Starry, Starry Night.” Because Don ‘gets’ it. A really beautiful thing in Don recognized a really beautiful thing abiding in the subject of his song – Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890).

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If I met songwriter Don McLean, I’d thank him for his song “Starry, Starry Night.” Because Don ‘gets’ it. A really beautiful thing in Don recognized a really beautiful thing abiding in the subject of his song – Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890).

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No, she doesn’t contact her son anymore. The grandkids, yes. But not her son. Not so much as a birthday card. Why? “Because he won’t forgive me, and I deserve to be forgiven,” the woman says.

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You may read this column only if you promise to shred and burn it immediately afterward — and then completely destroy it. I do not want my name falling into the hands of a certain government agency with the three-letter abbreviation (I_S) which I’d rather not spell out in case its agents misinterpret what I am about to say. Feds have the sense of humor of a clutter of bobcats.

 

 

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Think back to when you were in high school. By the time you had become a senior, there was only a single event on your calendar that mattered other than graduation. It was the prom!

 

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NPR aired a story about the Italian band Soviet Soviet which was interrogated, jailed and denied entry in Seattle. They were on schedule to tour the West Coast and had followed legal requirements. But, after hours of being treated like criminals by U.S. immigration, the band was put on a pla…

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Across one-fourth of the globe, people aren’t getting the nutrients they need to stay healthy, according to the newly released Global Hunger Index.

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The gods do that a lot with my sister. I don’t understand the specifics of her karmic path in this lifetime; I simply accept that her path includes homeless dogs walking off the Hopi Indian reservation and into her backyard.

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Donald Trump called CNN the proprietor of fake news and CNN said the president is a big, fat liar. It has reached a point in which CNN now adds the words “without proof” to about everything the president asserts. 

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