Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 9: The History of You
 

Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 9: The History of You

Carl Jung was a workaholic, and unlike his wife he needed little sleep. After Mrs. Jung (Emma) went to bed,…
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Hard times and happy days
 

Hard times and happy days

On March 4, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt took office. Frank C. Davis, the author of My C.C.C. Days, says…
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Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 8: Sex and Sexuality
 

Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 8: Sex and Sexuality

We shrinks have been accused of starting the sexual revolution, which began in the mid-20th century. This isn’t true. A…
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Discovering the dawn
 

Discovering the dawn

In April I began working a few weekend hours in a bookshop in Asheville. Having operated my own bookstore for…
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Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 7: Making a Diagnosis
 

Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 7: Making a Diagnosis

The emotional system is subject to illness just as are the various parts of the body, but to isolate an…
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A Melange of murder and myth
 

A Melange of murder and myth

If you have a TV, you probably know that the film version of Dan Brown’s blockbuster novel is scheduled for…
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Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 6: What It’s Like To Be a Shrink
 

Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 6: What It’s Like To Be a Shrink

Many people thing being a shrink is a mysterious, even glamorous, profession. It is, but only at cocktail parties. The…
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Love sex print: Two different treatments of this oh-so-important ritual
 

Love sex print: Two different treatments of this oh-so-important ritual

Well, it’s spring — a beautiful spring indeed this year — and that time on the calendar when a young…
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Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 5: It Is Not Academic
 

Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 5: It Is Not Academic

One of the first things we learned as psychoanalytic candidates was that a person’s I.Q. (basic intelligence) and his or…
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A lost soul finds a home
 

A lost soul finds a home

On a spring night in 1929, Mary Seneca Steele escapes from her home in Charleston, taking only her two children…
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Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 4: My First Patient
 

Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 4: My First Patient

When my session on a Friday was over I got up and proceeded to the door of the consultation room.…
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Of Rhyme and Reason: Books to celebrate National Poetry Month
 

Of Rhyme and Reason: Books to celebrate National Poetry Month

Besides being what T.S. Eliot called “the cruelest month/Breeding lilacs out of the dead land,” April is also National Poetry…
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Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 3: Can a Catholic Do It?
 

Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 3: Can a Catholic Do It?

Early on psychoanalysis was dubbed “The Jewish Science” because nearly all of the first practitioners were Jews. Although Christianity was…
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King’s zombie nation
 

King’s zombie nation

Yes dear reader, when Stephen King’s dread armies of the mindless begin their apocalyptic trudge through the devastated towns of…
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Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 2: Why I Became a Psychoanalyst
 

Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 2: Why I Became a Psychoanalyst

I had become a dedicated analysand (patient) and continued to see Veryl after my wife and sons moved back to…
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Simple significance
 

Simple significance

Writers typically aim to give the reader a protagonist who is likeable. Most of us don’t want to spend hours…
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Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 1: Colorado
 

Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 1: Colorado

By Jim Joyce We like to think we are in charge of our lives, and sometimes we are, but there…
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An attempt to straighten the world
 

An attempt to straighten the world

There is a passage in the heart of Ron Rash’s novel, The World Made Straight, in which Leonard Shuler remembers…
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Carden wins Brown-Hudson Folklore Award
 

Carden wins Brown-Hudson Folklore Award

Author, storyteller and playwright Gary Carden of Sylva has been awarded the Brown-Hudson Folklore Award presented by the North Carolina…
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Books that evoke special times
 

Books that evoke special times

Sometimes a book touches our hearts in a very special way. In the winter and spring of 1978, having saved…
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Leaving no doubt behind
 

Leaving no doubt behind

About 15 years ago, one frequent guest at our bed and breakfast here in Waynesville was a Mrs. Irene Harrison,…
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Modern twist on southern gothic
 

Modern twist on southern gothic

Dear readers, your attention, please! Hailing from the backwater town of Alexandria, Miss., allow me to introduce 12-year-old Harriet Dufresnes!…
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A look at three self stories
 

A look at three self stories

After reading three autobiographies in less than 10 days, I emerged from the encounter feeling much like a lover who…
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Undressing: Sex, scandal and character
 

Undressing: Sex, scandal and character

Campus Sexpot: A Memoir! by David Carkeet. The University of Georgia Press, 2005. 137 pages. Before I was 10 pages…
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Wonderful words
 

Wonderful words

  Like many of my fellow writers and readers, I am a sucker for word books. I love dictionaries —…
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A troubled talent
 

A troubled talent

I Put a Spell on You: The Autobiography of Nina Simone by Nina Simone and Stephen Cleary. New York: Pantheon…
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Cupid’s reading list
 

Cupid’s reading list

Valentine’s Day is just around the bend, and for anyone with even a breath of romance in the heart —…
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A proper burial: The story of a wife who finds purpose transforming her Tennessee plantation into a hospital and cemetery during the Civil War
 

A proper burial: The story of a wife who finds purpose transforming her Tennessee plantation into a hospital and cemetery during the Civil War

Franklin, Tennessee. It is November 1864, and many of us (Civil War buffs) have been here before. We recognize this…
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Pre-school to pirates, reading is still fun-damental
 

Pre-school to pirates, reading is still fun-damental

Preschool children are normally as full of questions as a quiz show host on a fast night. They want to…
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Ishiguro’s novel raises troubling questions for modern humanity
 

Ishiguro’s novel raises troubling questions for modern humanity

“And so we stood together like that, at the top of that field for what seemed ages, not saying anything,…
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The groveling underside of therapy
 

The groveling underside of therapy

In One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture Is Eroding Self-Reliance (ISBN 0-312-30443-9, $23.95), Christina Hoff Sommers, author of…
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At least I got the books
 

At least I got the books

When I heard the screen door slam, I knew she was gone. I made it to the window just in…
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Mind those manners
 

Mind those manners

Talk To the Hand #?*!: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home…
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Exploring Shakespeare
 

Exploring Shakespeare

Shakespeare: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd. Random House, 2005. 572 pages. Yikes! Saints and guardian angels defend us! It is yet…
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Make way for the holidays
 

Make way for the holidays

The Compleat Gentleman by Brad Miner. Spence Publishing, 2004. 264 pages. The Truth of the Matter by Robb Forman Dew.…
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In search of Will: One book falls short while another succeeds
 

In search of Will: One book falls short while another succeeds

Shortly after completing Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier discussed the possible subject of his next novel. Frazier said that he wanted…
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Remembering the Civil War
 

Remembering the Civil War

This year marks 140 years since the end of the American Civil War. In that time a gigantic library of…
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Lessons of war: Learning from the Spanish Civil War – the only time in history when Anarchists came to power
 

Lessons of war: Learning from the Spanish Civil War – the only time in history when Anarchists came to power

By Michael Beadle It’s no secret the “War in Iraq” is not going well. Even the most optimistic reports show…
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Zoro's Field wins state non-fiction prize
 

Zoro's Field wins state non-fiction prize

Author Thomas Rain Crowe has been selected to receive the 2005 Ragan Old North State Award for his naturalist-based work…
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Christmas reading: Some holiday ideas ranging from Christmas to religion in America
 

Christmas reading: Some holiday ideas ranging from Christmas to religion in America

This week letÕs peruse three unrelated books whose only commonality lies in the fact that they were either written by…
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We are amusing ourselves to death
 

We are amusing ourselves to death

When I am at home, the TV is usually on. I like the company, and since I am almost deaf,…
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Harvey turns a supernatural eye to modern technology
 

Harvey turns a supernatural eye to modern technology

Something is out of joint in the little fishing village of Bareneed on the coast of Newfoundland. The rules that…
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Freakwater offers up steely South
 

Freakwater offers up steely South

Every now and then a disc arrives that I have absolutely no idea what to do with. Freakwater’s latest, Thinking…
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