Love and Money: A Review of The Wings of the Dove (1902) by Henry James

Readings of this highly regarded novel are weighted on the side of Milly Theale, the innocent dove of the title, and against both the money conscious Kate Croy and her cooperative lover, Merton Densher. Milly, the young American heiress with money to burn, is almost saintly in her selflessness. Kate meanwhile, destined for comparative povertyContinue reading “Love and Money: A Review of The Wings of the Dove (1902) by Henry James”

A Week in Barcelona, Spain

My next several posts will be about the energizing trip Mary and I took to Barcelona a few years ago. It was my second visit, the first being when I was only 17 (1956) and Generalissimo Franco was, regrettably, in power.  Barcelona has come to life since then.  It now glories in its status asContinue reading “A Week in Barcelona, Spain”

The Stigma of PTSD: A Story of Two Brothers

I recently came across a middle age man in the supermarket. He was wearing a bright red T-shirt with “PTSD Awareness” written in large white letters across the back. Admitting the reality of post traumatic stress disorder (as opposed, for example, to calling it a contrived excuse for cowardice) looked to me like it wasContinue reading “The Stigma of PTSD: A Story of Two Brothers”

Muscular Thinking

Many Americans are too ready to make light of the wounds, mental and physical, that our surviving military men and women have suffered during our seemingly endless twenty-first century wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and elsewhere. As with the lifelong and mostly unreported disorders inflicted on minors by sexual abusers, the aftermath of our veterans’Continue reading “Muscular Thinking”

Demonizing the Depressed

Demonizing depression, common in the Middle Ages, unfortunately remains with us. The medieval idea, based on a dubious interpretation of Biblical sources, was that depression invades the soul from an external diabolical source and possesses it.  The depressed person is in that way distanced from the community, which itself stays conveniently free of the intrudingContinue reading “Demonizing the Depressed”

Information for those concerned about the Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests Provided by the House of Grace Catholic Worker in Philadelphia

Hi, please see information below.  We are part of the Catholic Worker prayer  pilgrimage to Rome. Keep us, our witness, and the  Bishops’ conference in your prayers. Please distribute this email widely. Peace, and Gratitude, Mary Beth and Johanna; House of Grace Catholic Worker; 1826 E Lehigh Ave; Phila PA 19125 Dear Friends, We enthusiasticallyContinue reading “Information for those concerned about the Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests Provided by the House of Grace Catholic Worker in Philadelphia”

Second Honeymoon: Bermuda, 2011

After landing at the Wharf in Bermuda and exiting the Norwegian Gem we headed for the beach because it reminded us of our time at the Bermuda beaches during our first honeymoon back in 1967. Next day we walked around Hamilton, the island’s main harbor town, and found Bermudiana Road, where we had stayed atContinue reading “Second Honeymoon: Bermuda, 2011”