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

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

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