I have read a lot of books and articles about training, some of them from very famous trainers, that base their training on the idea that you can intensify fear, aggression, and other “negative” emotions in dogs by rewarding them with attention and treats. In order to avoid feeding these emotions and the related behaviors, […]
Every night before I go to sleep, I lay in my bed and pray. The first thing I pray for is my son; that he will have a good sleep, a good day, and that he’ll be happy, healthy, and safe.
Paulo Coelho is one of my literary gaps – I’d heard of him, meant to read him, yet never got around to him until now. Is Manuscript Found in Accra the best introduction to him? I don’t know, but this slim novel – if “novel” is the right word – gives me plenty to think […]
I’ve never really, truly, been on my own before. And that scares the living shit out of me. While there is definitely a part of me that is looking forward to moving on and taking charge of my life, there is still another part of me that is absolutely terrified at the prospect.
As a blogger, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what kind of measures I want to use in order to determine how well I’m writing. Number of pageviews? Trackbacks? Comments? A few months ago I found myself getting so obsessive about my blog’s stats that I had to implement a procedure that would […]
This is our last vote together, we’re down to the final two badasses. In spite of my fear of being pitchforked, this has been one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done. I’m going to miss doing this every day. Not enough to do it again until next year, but you know what I’m […]
I’m here with a new name and one question today. But I still love to tell people what to do with their lives, so don’t forget to submit your questions here or e-mail me!
Fear. We all experience it. Bogeymen hiding under the bed, planes dropping out of the sky, bombs exploding during national holidays ““ these are all things I regularly envision happening in my life. Some people might say I’m an anxious person, though I prefer the term “realistic.” But there are times when even I understand […]
The other day I came across this article on BBC News about a woman who can’t feel fear whom scientists are now studying to discover a cure for PTSD. The woman can’t feel fear because her amygdala is damaged due to disease. It’s been a while since I took Psych 101, but I did remember […]
Old refrigerators. Through a very special episode of Punky Brewster I learned that, at some point in life, I would come across an abandoned refrigerator, and I would, for some reason, be compelled to climb into that refrigerator.