A Crisis of Care

I’ve been absent from my blog during the 2016 political season, mostly spectating on the dismal national scene, but increasingly active on the local level around a critical issue that is briefly mentioned in Touched by Fatality. For adults experiencing [...]

By | November 25th, 2016|Aging|

“Mine the Sorrows”

An overarching theme in Touched by Fatality is voiced by the character Peter McPherson: “Loss…is the common denominator we humans share.” What will we lose? Everything—jobs, friends, family, home, identity, health, sometimes our mind—and always our life. Foreknowledge of the inevitability of losses, [...]

By | June 21st, 2016|Connections, Loss and Grief|

Pollution and Immortality

I come from a line of polluters. If you want to take the long view, it’s an apparent species trait. Sapiens have been overpopulating, pooping on, and plundering the Earth for millennia. In more present times, Grandpa Bellegia worked for [...]

By | May 15th, 2016|Dying, Mental Health|

Harnessing the Power of Touch

It is a sad legacy of Communist Romania that we now recognize how essential touch is to human development and health. Clues emerged from the controversial experiments that Harry Frederick Harlow performed on rhesus monkeys deprived of maternal contact. That [...]

By | April 8th, 2016|Connections, Touch|

Spousal Grief

Grief in response to the death of a loved one—or even an enemy—is specific to the individual who has died and to the survivor. There always seems to be some element of disbelief, even if the deceased has suffered from [...]

By | March 1st, 2016|Loss and Grief|

Fiction vs. Reality

The first words contained in almost every novel are some version of  “This is a work of fiction…” Rarely do we stop and think that our capacity for fiction is perhaps the most defining hallmark of Homo sapiens, more so [...]

By | February 18th, 2016|Mental Health|
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