Archive | February, 2015

Is Everyone on the Autism Spectrum? — New York Magazine

26 Feb


“…every generation has its defining psychiatric malady, confidently diagnosed from afar by armchair non-psychiatrists. In the fifties, all those gray-suited organization men were married to “frigid” women. Until a few years ago, the country of self-obsessed boomers and reality-TV fame-seekers and vain politicians and bubble-riding Ponzi schemers made narcissistic personality disorder—diagnosis code 301.81 in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition—the craziness of the moment. And who among us has not proudly copped to our own “OCD” or “ADD,” deemed a mercurial sibling “seriously bipolar,” written off an erratic ex as “obviously borderline,” or nodded as a laid-off friend pronounced his former boss a “textbook sociopath”? Lately, a new kind of head case stalks the land—staring past us, blurting gaucheries, droning on about the technical minutiae of his boring hobby. And we are ready with our DSM codes: 299.00 (autistic disorder) and 299.80 (Asperger’s disorder).

Interestingly enough, after hearing a lady who was also a therapist – and a mom of a gentle and sweet young man, and adding the HBO Biopic on Dr. Grandin (as in Temple) to a recent conversation on the subject, one may benefit from simply admitting that even though it may start as a bit of hypochondria  (see? another easily undiagnosed one!) fact is that these traits may help us work on ourselves,  to the extent that we compassionately assume the possibility – and immediately start working on either coping or managing it.


(Even better when one has NOT been diagnosed, yet one is unable to explain oneself at some rare yet specific moments, perhaps?)

And if above epidemic were to be proven in the right, it would be wrong to allow for stigmatization to flourish – after all, they chose to illustrate with some great individuals  (mostly)… “Good Company” indeed!

“Practice what you post… preach… advertise…” #Cautionary thought, #Buddhist Scholars…

26 Feb


Indeed – as with any form of piety, are we as consistent as we think ourselves to be?

#Mindfulness – and Fulfillment, too

19 Feb


Original Article v/ @Flipboard

Watch “Pink Floyd – The Thin Ice – Live, 1980” on YouTube

19 Feb

Why watch?

That awkward moment, laden with epiphanies, about lyrics often sung – yet not fully understood…

“When you go skating
on the thin ice
of my life
draggin’ behind you
the silent reproach
of a million sleepless nights

Don’t be surprised
when a crack in the ice
appears under your feet

you slip out… with your fears… flowing out behind you… as you call out for

t-h-i-n.  i-c-e!

(with apologies to the purists in the audience)

I mean, what with #Rex and #Pax and about four other layers now disabling me from safely leaving the house???

“Mother, do you think they’ll run the plow…. mother do you think I’ll break my balls… bones!”


“… Mother? should I build a wall???”

Article: ‘Siberian Express’ Bringing Arctic Air and Record Lows to U.S.

19 Feb

‘Siberian Express’ Bringing Arctic Air and Record Lows to U.S.

(Me? Saving as a #memento of my #SixthWinter – the one where I stopped counting layers, and just putting then on!)… (Of #Snow, that is, last few I counted, last year was ridiculously snowy, and this one, ridiculously cold, apparently… so just wear ’em I said to myself!) 😉






So there it was, my sixth one – in all its splendor!

Encouragement – that which ultimately connects us…. #WorldPeace #TDE #Buddhism #Ikeda

17 Feb

I wanted to share The Daily Encouragement with you.

"Life contains the capacity, like flames that reach toward heaven, to transform suffering and pain into the energy needed for value-creation, into light that illuminates darkness.

Like the wind traversing vast spaces unhindered, life has the power to uproot and overturn all obstacles and difficulties.

Like clear flowing water, it can wash away all stains and impurities.

And finally life, like the great earth that sustains plants and vegetation, impartially protects all people with its compassionate, nurturing force."

@Twitter – Ye Olde Bio…

16 Feb

Dilettante Philosopher, Philologist, Pundit, Pagliacci & Photographer. Aspiring #Boddhisattva and Peripatetic #WorldPeace #Slactivist – Rabid #Captionista

(New Tool, New Bio?)… #Note4 😉