I have just received a copy of my first peer-reviewed publication, Paloutzian and Park's Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (2nd ed.). I was the second author on Chapter 16: Religiousness, Social Psychology, and Behavior (pg. 312). Our chapter was about how religiousness changes outward behaviors toward others - in terms of helpfulness, aggression,… Continue reading Publication: Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 2nd ed.
I've been putting ice cubes in my drinks for my whole life. But I hate ice in my drinks. I hate how they take up drink real estate, I hate how cold they make my drinks, I hate trying to get at the last drop at the bottom of my glass only to have an… Continue reading CONFESSIONS: I hate ice in my drinks.
About a week ago I heard a brilliant metaphorical reference to the Maginot Line on Law and Order and decided that I was going to try to weave my own reference to the Maginot Line into a conversation to wow people with my historical knowledge. But then none of my friends gave me any real… Continue reading The Maginot Line
I just saw someone make a comment online that high schools should have philosophy in their curriculum, and that it would increase standardized test scores. I used to think that philosophy was all sophistry and dumb thought experiments, and didn't pay it much attention. I think it was because I resented a field that 1)… Continue reading Mandatory Philosophy Instruction
I've lived in a lot of places in the United States. Nine states and probably two dozen cities actually. This has led me, among other things, to make some general observations about different places in the country. "You know you're from ____ if ... " jokes are interesting because creating one requires two kinds of… Continue reading Some thoughts on living in various locations
I've alluded to some interesting experiences lately on this blog and I was just encouraged by Antonio Centeno at Real Men Real Style to write it up for the benefit of my (and some of his) subscribers. First of all, if you're interested in listening to my tunes, you can hear a couple at ReverbNation… Continue reading Living authentically without cancer.
At certain times in my life I have prayed to have a bit more humility, and invariably the Lord answers my prayers. I once prided myself on my ability to express myself in words. After all, isn't that what writers and songwriters do? The answer to my prayer for humility has come through my marriage… Continue reading An open Valentine’s Day card to my wife.