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Recently my philosophy hotshot friend asked me, “Are you okay?” So for him I replied; “What does okay mean, reallly?” The next day, when asked by another, I went with; “Well, I’m not setting things on fire, so, yes, I am okay.” Of course it got me down the road of; “What is okay?” Jason Silva, (of the TV show Brain Games) expanding on Diane Ackerman’s theory of the “Deep Now,” states that anxiety is a “temporal dislocation of the mind.”  That it is being “worried about the impending future or longing for the now dead past.” They are supposing...

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Anger’s Gift

“Virtue grows from the graves of our sins.” Matthew D. Eayre Darkness, demons, sins, regrets. Anger. I believe it was in Othello where Shakespeare says, “… as men in rage strike those that wish them best.” This year, I’ve been accused of being an “angry person,” because I’m like Mark Twain. “When angry, count four. When very angry, swear.” Except I skip the “count four” part. I wrote once before on an aspect of anger I discovered along the way. http://openwound.com/child-of-anger/ A lot of times, anger is lamented as being an unfavorable emotion. I do deal with the Othello aspect, yet I...

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Requiem

  “The presence of pain is not the absence of love.”  William Paul Young Trying to comfort someone in the face of a great loss, I could only cry with her. Wanting to speak kindly as I left I could only say, “Just keep crying.” You know why? Because there is nothing else that can be done. He can’t be brought back. The house will never be the same again. The home will never be the same. The bed will never be the same. All the thousands of details of sharing her life with her spouse… Gone. The love he...