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About literarylew

I am a retired mental health counselor in El Prado, NM near Taos. I have a life-long passion for the liberal arts and a deep spiritual commitment. I will utilize my voracious appetite for the written word in this blog, delving into literature, psychology, religion, philosophy, and linguistics.

Time for a “Deux ex Machina” to be Employed.

One simple precept of U.S. Government that I gleaned from enduring 9th grade civics was “separation of powers” which meant that the three branches of our government would function independently of each other.  Fifteen years later I was teaching the … Continue reading

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Spin Machine Now in Full “Spin”

Again, the Trumpster is demonstrating, “Brain stem with arms and legs.”  He is speaking off the cuff without any “pauser reason” that is Divinely gifted to us with our neo-cortex.  He declared today his intent to use executive order to … Continue reading

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“Crazed and Stumbling Lunatic,” huh???

Trump today labeled one of his critics,Tom Steyers as, “a crazed and stumbling lunatic.”  I can only imagine his handlers looking nervously at each other, seeing how anyone in his position should be aware of his own frailty and know … Continue reading

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Nationalism Can Just Be Collective Egotism

Trump declared last night in a campaign rally for Ted Cruz, with great pride and emphasis, “I’m a nationalist.”  That is not necessarily bad as pride in one’s nation state is noble just as it is to have pride in … Continue reading

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Trump’s Absence of Discretion Strikes Again.

The recent murder of Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey gave our hyperbolic president another chance to demonstrate the lack of even rudimentary diplomatic skills.  He immediately responded with the threat of “severe punishment” if this murder was orchestrated by Saudi Arabia.  … Continue reading

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Trump, Shame, and Shamelessness

I heard a noted psychologist share an anecdote about his toddler son in a lecture one day relevant to the subject of healthy shame vs. unhealthy shame.  This psychologist and his wife were entertaining another couple in their living room … Continue reading

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ Existential Quandary

Sarah Huckabee Sanders brought to my mind a quip from the book of 1 Timothy in the New Testament about people have “have their conscience seared with a hot iron.”  In the religious culture of my youth, this always meant … Continue reading

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