The Allure Of Other People’s Lives: Why We Can’t Mind Our Own Business

You never know what goes on behind closed doors. My mother said this often when I was growing up, usually after learning something unexpected about an acquaintance, co-worker, celebrity–whomever. The thought always frightened me and I often studied friends and strangers with suspicion, wondering: “what do you do that no one knows about?” Perhaps they did… Read More The Allure Of Other People’s Lives: Why We Can’t Mind Our Own Business

Empathy for a Killer: Why We Can’t Ignore Ted Bundy’s Grotesque Story

Serial killers fascinate me. I’m not ashamed to admit it. Jeffrey Dahmer. Robert Pickton. H.H. Holmes. Ed Gein. Ed Kemper. Ted Bundy. I listen to the stories behind these devious, evil men because their actions open a terrifying window into human nature. They reveal what man is capable of and ask the tantalizing but impossible-to-answer… Read More Empathy for a Killer: Why We Can’t Ignore Ted Bundy’s Grotesque Story

Beware the Quiet Ones: A Look Inside the Mysterious World of Shy People

I have always hated the saying, “it’s always the quiet ones.” After a mass shooting or a despicable murder, this is a common refrain. Reporters interview neighbors who knew the suspect and they usually mention how unassuming the killer was. He was quiet and kept to himself. I can’t recall any specific events or words… Read More Beware the Quiet Ones: A Look Inside the Mysterious World of Shy People

Lifestyles of the Jittery & Terrified: Why Nervousness Is A Magic Power

I come from a long line of nervous people. Every time there’s a storm outside my grandmother stares out the window, groaning and praying that someone she knows isn’t on the road. She knows a lot of people. My childhood memories are filled with images of my grandfather sitting in his rocking chair, lower lip… Read More Lifestyles of the Jittery & Terrified: Why Nervousness Is A Magic Power

Why You Have More In Common With Drug Addicts Than You Think

Certain people are very easy to judge. Bad reputations remain unchallenged. Opinion becomes truth. It’s easy to judge a drug addict, for example. We’ve all heard and perhaps repeated common beliefs about such people: they’re weak, selfish, self-destructive, they’ll do anything for a hit, they don’t care about the people who love them. I disagree… Read More Why You Have More In Common With Drug Addicts Than You Think

The Snooty, Incomprehensible Lives of the Rich, Famous & Royal

I was probably the last person on Earth to watch “The Crown” on Netflix. And, like everyone else, I loved it. But I’m a little biased. Years ago, a DNA test revealed my ancestry to be 64% English, which is apparently more English than English people. So a love for Queen Elizabeth II is in… Read More The Snooty, Incomprehensible Lives of the Rich, Famous & Royal

The Criminal Character: Tommy Shelby, Walter White & The Audience Who Loves Them

Movies and TV have made the gangster kind of…sexy. Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders. Tommy Darmody in Boardwalk Empire. Billy in The Departed (no, not a gangster, but pretending to be one). Ray Liotta in Goodfellas (yes, I’m serious…) Johnny Depp in Public Enemies. Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire… No. I’ll stop right there. Sorry… Read More The Criminal Character: Tommy Shelby, Walter White & The Audience Who Loves Them