The Placebo Effect

I sometimes wish I could speak myself out of an unpleasant situation. I don't mean a negotiation with someone else, I mean literally talk my mind out of noticing reality for what it is. So I often marvel at those that hold on to mantras and affirmations and repeat that to themselves in times of [...]

The One You’re Alone With

Loneliness is often assumed to be distinctly different from being alone. Too often I hear people professing to be alone, but not lonely. However, as I've often heard, you're never lonely if you like the one you're alone with. It's the kind of wisdom that everyone nods enthusiastically in agreement to, but most don't fully [...]

Home

They say home is where the heart is. Given how absent most of us are, would that make us homeless? My heart always tends to yearn for something more than it has. A moment in time, an emotional connection, or a place with a specific ambiance and scent. Whenever I get nostalgic, those are typically the scenes [...]

Writer’s Block

I recently advised someone that when faced with writer's block, the best remedy is to write about it. Seems counter-intuitive, but it seems to work for me. My problem though is that I don't recognise myself as a writer. I vent through words, often carefully selected to maintain the level of neutrality needed in my [...]