Did a Pulitzer Prize Help Kill One of Its Winners?
Mental Health

Did a Pulitzer Prize Help Kill One of Its Winners?

Reporter Susan Forrest won the Pulitzer Prize for a story that became an issue in the 1988 Presidential campaign. After that, she kept trying to match that success. It might have led to her death at 44.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Tips for Sufferers and Families
Mental Health

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Tips for Sufferers and Families

Traumatic experiences become post-traumatic stress disorder when the feelings surrounding them invade the involuntary centers of the brain, such as the “fight or flight” response. Returning war veterans are making it a social issue as well as an individual and family issue. The best intervention is support from peers.

Survivings Suicidal Sieges and Despair
Mental Health

Survivings Suicidal Sieges and Despair

Suicidal feelings, and strong impulses to attempt, always pass if you live long enough. So do whatever helps you postpone the attempt. Here are some suggestions that work for others.

When Is Shock Therapy OK?
Mental Health

When Is Shock Therapy OK?

Involuntary electro-convulsive (shock) therapy should be outlawed, but ECT should not be banned altogether. Doctors should be more honest about the risk of brain damage and memory loss, but as a treatment of last resort, it can help people who don’t respond to less invasive treatments.

How Our State Mental Health System Fell So Far So Fast
Mental Health

How Our State Mental Health System Fell So Far So Fast

Years of underfunding, and change-averse mental health chief executives brought the NH mental health system from 2nd best in the nation to a grade of D-plus in only 10 years.

People with Mental Illness Get Well and Stay Well
Mental Health

People with Mental Illness Get Well and Stay Well

New Hampshire’s recovery-friendly public mental health services helped me get well and stay well. The system is less recovery-based than it used to be.

Why I Loathe the Bris and the Israeli Accent
Religion, spirituality, and Jewish life

Why I Loathe the Bris and the Israeli Accent

Hebrew, as spoken by native Israelis, is so ugly, it might be why the Arabs hate Israelis. Circumcision might be good medicine, but nobody likes a bris: a catered house party, where friends come to watch.

The Only Moral Bishop Here Is Homosexual
Religion, spirituality, and Jewish life

The Only Moral Bishop Here Is Homosexual

The media never tired of telling us that NH Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson was openly gay. But the Catholic bishop in NH is the immoral one.

Could Someone Tell Me Why Anyone is Still Catholic?
Religion, spirituality, and Jewish life

Could Someone Tell Me Why Anyone is Still Catholic?

Two people gave good answers to my question, why is anyone still a Catholic now that we know that Cardinals, Archbishops, and the Pope himself covered up for priests who raped children.

Just When I Thought I Knew Pat and Richard Nixon.
Politics

Just When I Thought I Knew Pat and Richard Nixon.

Just when I thought I knew all about Pat and Richard Nixon, I met someone who grew up with Dick and taught school with Pat in Whittier, Calif.

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