Marilyn Monroe Writes From The Depths of Depression

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Marilyn Monroe was an intelligent, badly damaged, emotionally abused woman. I never found her screen image particularly appealing, but she was clearly a star like few others, and she really could act when she put her mind to it. But she was broken, and everyone around her knew it, and most of them just kept [Read More...]

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Demons and Mental Illness: An Hour with Fr. Mike Driscoll

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Mark Shea and I spent an informative hour on the radio with Fr. Driscoll, author of Demons, Deliverance, Discernment : Separating Fact from Fiction about the Spirit World. Check it out: [Read more...]

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Comics Legend John Byrne Angers Transsexual Activists UPDATED

Wikimedia says this is a drawing of Demon by note hate-monster John Byrne, but really its a picture of his evil soul.

This just in from the Social Justice Warriors: John Byrne is evil. This very stupid year is already, quite obviously, the Year of the Transsexuals, because the rage-fits of a tiny cadre of deeply troubled people must be part of Our National Dialog all day every day. The latest Enemy of the People is Byrne, one [Read More...]

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What Should We Call Bruce Jenner?

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If you think the title of this post is an answer to the question, you’d be wrong. It’s more complex than that. Bruce Jenner has announced that he now wants to be called Caitlyn. Do people of faith who reject modernist gender theories of sexual embodiedness go along with this or not? There are two [Read More...]

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Joanne McPortland on the Call to Self-Destruction

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a spring quite like this. It’s not unusual for depression to come in cycles, and for it to hit harder as we emerge from winter. But this season, everywhere I look, I see people more people crushed under this burden than I ever recall seeing before. Are we just [Read More...]

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Trigger Warnings Are Offensive

Rembrandt, Rape of Prosperina

Elizabeth Scalia directed me to a story about Columbia University students who are offended by Ovid’s The Metamorphoses, because Generation Participation Trophy never gets tired of tryIng to slap a bike helmet and elbow pads on civilization. The poor little snowflakes are claiming that ancient classics like Ovid’s retelling of The Rape of Persephone triggered a rape [Read More...]

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Mental Healing and the Psalms

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There are many ways through the dark valleys of depression, and prayer must be one of them. The problem is that the depressive often cannot even stir to perform regular prayer. Simple tasks become a burden. Prayer routines fall by the wayside. Commitments are left undone. And with each little failure, the walls close in [Read More...]

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The Cold Reboot of the Soul

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I sometimes hold it half a sin To put in words the grief I feel; For words, like Nature, half reveal And half conceal the Soul within. –Tennyson– My brain is a treacherous organ. I’ve made my living from it for almost a quarter century, yet it has a defect that makes this hard sometimes. [Read More...]

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