Opioids and Us — A Perfect Storm

Recently with opioids, we are facing a perfect storm. Let me explain. When atmospheric conditions are just right (like temperature, wind, and atmospheric pressure) and they act in unison, the result is what we call a “perfect storm” in terms of catastrophic intensity of the size of the resultant hurricane. Our opioid crisis in America…

The Killing of the Children

Ironically, a few days ago I was writing an article with the heading, ”….and the pursuit of happiness” — which will appear in a future issue — when the news arrived that 17 high schoolers in Florida were gunned down. They were shot in their school by a depressed, despairing, miserable teenager who has been…

“…And the Pursuit of Happiness”

 “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness,” said Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers in his immortal proclamation, heralding the independence of our country. Well, life and freedom one can understand but “happiness”? How do we pursue it? What is happiness anyway? Our third President certainly had the resources to be happy; but, he…

Gossiping About Gossip

As I have mentioned many times in the past, we humans are complicated creatures. There exist two separate groups of inborn traits in us, which together make up our human nature:  one making up the individual part of ourselves (selfishness, calculative-ness, aloofness, etc.); and the other making up the social (altruism, compassion, social interactions, cooperativeness,…

Muddy Water

Dedicated to my friend with the angelic smile…   It was a night full of stars and calmness, past midnight. The chill was already piercing my bones. And yet, it was beautiful because it was calm, and my soul was at rest… I was alone, quite alone at the estuary of the Axiós, wrapped up…

Some Rational Thoughts on an Irrational Subject

We, as a nation of over 300 million people do not really have a “gun problem” — whether as “protectors” of the second amendment or  the “gun control people.” Instead, we have an obsession interwoven with racial tension and fears, and insecurities (the mythical “to defend myself”). Other developed nations, especially in Europe, own almost…