The Secret Journals of a lay psychiatrist

As I open this chapter of my life to pubic view … that was a Freudian slip but I don’t care it all goes in … it feels like a scene from a movie, the curtain pulled aside, me, in noir and blanc, peeing down at the street. When the…


The Lay Psychiatrist gets an unwanted erection which escalates

I am the Lay Psychiatrist and I am losing weight, feeling on some mornings like a normal man who does not have to turn sideways to go through a standard doorway. I have been hard a lot lately, though I don’t make a display of it, send pictures of it…

We watch the rest of the Abrahamic world go authoritarian but are blind to our belonging to this world

Our leaders, and the educated, watched in horror as ignorant people and an odd assortment of middle and upper class Islamic people conspired against the western power structure. They wanted to destroy it for educating its citizens in the classic ideas of ancient Greece, the philosophy of a special class…


To the extent that a hypnotist can influence the controls, pain can be turned off and on.

Mary Baker Eddy absorbed the ideas subsequently included in Christian Science during bodywork sessions with Phineas Quimby. She became the richest woman in the country. What she didn’t get about mind healing was what Mesmer did get, and what got him accused of quackery.

Ben Franklin was one of the…

Before the descent of the spirit a man can do what he wants, but not after.

“Self-pity is the real enemy and the source of man’s misery. Without a degree of pity for himself, man could not afford to be as self-important as he is. However, once the force of self-importance is engaged, it develops its own momentum. And it is this seemingly independent nature of…

Walking down Columbus to find a port of entry

“…any number of little details or a special spot of color makes the port of entry and then the entire picture will suddenly become a three-dimensional frieze …”
(William S. Burroughs)

I am remembering the cover photo on, “The Place of Dead Roads,” in the window of City Lights, the…


Writing is for me is playing the a piano keyboard. I like the music of the words. I have been a professional magazine writer and newspaper editor.

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