Are You Better Looking than Most People?

MysteryShrink Short:  Who has the smallest rear, the youngest face, the finest clothes, the clearest skin? Who has the right skin color? Who are the losers? The winners? In the documentary, Come Back, Africa (1960) Zacharia, a man from ‘the villages’, comes to Johannesburg where his new employer, the wealthy …

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A Thanksgiving MysteryShrink Short

A Thanksgiving MysteryShrink Short A Quiet Man Shows the Rest of Us What Thanksgiving Really Means Sure, there was turkey and everything else that’s supposed to represent abundance and gratitude in the family. But it was John Bunch, a cousin of my late father-in-law, that who reminded us what it …

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MysteryShrink Shorts: A Soul Wake-Up from a Hungry Man

MysteryShrink Shorts: A Soul Wake-Up from a Hungry Man Last week I was picking up brochures in back of the Cathedral in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, when I was approached by a thin young man in ragged clothes with a familiar pleading look in his eyes. I tried to walk …

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Psychology in Real Life: Diagnosis, Good News or Bad News?

Psychology in Real Life: Diagnosis, Good News or Bad News? So now you have a diagnosis for someone else or for yourself. Should you tattoo the bar code across your forehead or would it be best to fold that little sheet of paper into a tiny square and tuck it …

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Which is Best? Potato Peeler or a Paring Knife?

Potato Peeler or Paring Knife? Which is Best? The lady across from me in my office described an anxious situation she experienced every time she visited her parents for Sunday dinner. Mashed potatoes were usually on the menu and my client’s responsibility. The potato tool selection is when Potato Peeler …

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VOODOO or HEALTH INSURANCE? Dr. Dale’s Journal Part 5

VOODOO or HEALTH INSURANCE?  Dr. Dale’s Journal Part 5 For this entry to make sense, first read Dr. Dale’s Journey Part 1: “DIAGNOSIS BLACK,” Dr. Dale’s Journey Part 2: “HEMLOCK” (chemotherapy); Dr. Dale’s Journey Part 3: “FALLOUT” (Radiation); Dr. Dale’s Journey. Part 4: “THE NOVELTY OF HAVING CANCER has WORN OFF”  One …

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Dr. Dale’s Journal. Part 3: FALLOUT (Radiation)

Dr. Dale’s Journal: Entry Three on Joys of Radiation For this entry to make sense, you’ll need to have read Diagnosis Black and Hemlock. Introductory Dr. Dale Memory Story: Dr. Dale Maxwell, psychiatrist and buddy, has been diagnosed. He has less than two years to live. My husband and I …

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