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About literarylew

I am a retired mental health counselor in El Prado, NM near Taos.I have a lovely wife, Claire, and our only children are two lovely dachshunds, Elsa and Ludwig. I have a BA in history/psychology (double major) from Henderson State University and a M. Ed. in counseling from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. I have a passion for literature, religion, philosophy....and, in general, the liberal arts.

N. Korea: Warmbier’s Tragedy “A Mystery to Us Too”

Wow, now who can lie like this with a straight face?  Now who does this make you think of?  North Korea kidnapped this young man, obviously tortured and abused him, then shipped him back to his family in a coma, … Continue reading

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Obamacare is on the Chopping Block

Obamacare is now on the chopping block.  The GOP’s promise the “repeal and replace” Obamacare is now up for a vote possibly even next week.  I almost wish they’d go ahead and get their wishes so they could get onto … Continue reading

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Words Do Matter, Mr. Depp!

Actor Johnny Depp has joined the joined the chorus of Progressive voices who have crossed the line in their anti-Trump rhetoric, posing the “facetious” question, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a President.”  His words have caught the … Continue reading

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Incested Group Dynamics

I have argued here several times since inauguration in January that an incestuous dynamic had invaded the White House, the dynamic having been reflected in numerous video recordings of Trump’s lascivious intentions for his daughter Ivanka in the past decade. … Continue reading

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Deferred Gratification and Trumpism

One key factor in mental health is predictability.  To function meaningfully in a social context, others will have to have confidence in you and you will have to have confidence in them.  This is a mutually agreed upon contract, i.e. … Continue reading

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Any Idea Can be Dangerous!

Yes, even “noble” ideas can become dangerous as I have often noted.  Even “Jesus is the Light of the World” can become ignoble if one becomes so intoxicated with himself that he feels he has to hammer others with a … Continue reading

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White Privilege in Modern America

Today I’m going to share something from Facebook recently posted by my wife, Claire Detels.  Claire is a retired musicologist from the University of Arkansas and helped introduce me to the world of politics and feminism in the late 1980’s. … Continue reading

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