The recent debates over the vaccine mandates and whether the government can or cannot force businesses to deny services based on a “vaccine passport” has reached new heights. Yesterday, I read that San Francisco health department has shut down an In N Out restaurant for not checking whether its customers were vaccinated. The city found […]Read more "No Vax, No Service, No Job??"
Earlier this year, I wrote a post called Painful Anniversaries where I related how several past events still cause trauma and flashbacks. They are a mild form of PTSD and until we give ourselves time to heal, we will just be stumbling from pain to pain. Recently, I watched an archived short interview with Major […]Read more "Making Peace with Your Past"
Recently, I finished Amy Morin’s book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. Morin’s definition of “mentally strong” is NOT about your IQ or other intelligence factors. It is NOT about mental health versus mental illness. Rather it is about your resilience, attitudes, and healthy self-evaluation. In fact, there are now up to 8 types […]Read more "Being Mentally Strong –"
What do you think is the toughest time in a day? Some would argue that the most difficult times in a day at the office. Others would say dealing with screaming kids or fighting with your spouse or partner. All that could be true, but I want to point out that being alone with our […]Read more "Thoughts at Twilight"
I hope everyone had a great Father’s Day despite the pandemic. Even as we slowly but surely recover, things are still not quite the same. For some, this Father’s Day is rough because we lost out father to Covid-19 or complications from the disease. That happened to my friend Nadia. Or we had lost our […]Read more "Fatherly Advice, Part 3"
On Monday, I posted Fatherly Advice, Part 1 where I talked about the difficulties of celebrating Father’s Day and briefly about my own relationship with my father. I had mentioned two lessons that he taught me – the value of discipline and organization, and his resiliency as he changed careers more than once at a […]Read more "Fatherly Advice, Part 2 – Star Wars Style"
I have always enjoyed building puzzles and model airplanes as a hobby. To date, I have built close to twenty puzzles of all sizes and topics. I have a picture of the Grand Canyon in my old bedroom at my parents’ house. I bought that as a souvenir from visiting there in Dec 2013. It’s […]Read more "Puzzles as Metaphors of Life"
Question: What do you think when you see this famous picture? Here’s another way to ask the same question: which memes come to mind? Like this one? I am highly certain that what separates humans from animals is imagination. When a bear sees a salmon, his only thought is to eat it raw. When I […]Read more "Use Your Imagination?"
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the freedom of speech. However, this right is constitutionally and through some common sense to be circumscribed. As Justice Oliver Holmes stated in the case Schenck v. United States: The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a […]Read more "Prove me wrong…"
I have haphephobia – the fear of being touched, There, I’ve said it. What does having this phobia entail? It means I don’t like to be touched by anyone. When my family reach out to hug me, I shrink back. Offering to shake hands with strangers takes a conscious effort on my part to offer […]Read more "Haphephobia: The Fear of Being Touched."