Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Stuff . . .

While browsing the blogs I read the following sentence:

Emily Dickinson’s father viewed his son’s work as near to Shakespeare. He didn’t see that his tiny daughter in her velvet snood was a great poet of her age...

I was immediately prompted (by my obsessive personality) to look up a word in that sentence that I should have recognized but did not; the word was snood.

Here is what I found:

snood: an ornamental net in the shape of a bag that confines a woman's hair; pins or ties at the back of the head

Old Style Snood

Modern Snood

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I learned another new word today.

semiotics: The study of signs and symbols, especially as means of language or communication,


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According to an article in the Hoover Institution of Stanford University:

Today in the U.S. there are 77,000 clinical psychologists, 192,000 clinical social workers, 105,000 mental health counselors, 50,000 marriage and family therapists, 17,000 nurse psychotherapists, and 30,000 life coaches. Most of these professionals spend their days helping people cope with everyday life problems, not true mental illness. More than half the patients in therapy don’t even qualify for a psychiatric diagnosis. In addition,there are 400,000 nonclinical social workers and 220,000 substance abuse counselors working outside the official mental health system yet offering clients informal psychological advice nonetheless.

Now that amazed me. So I read the rest of it, and absorbed a modicum (a small, modest or trifling amount) of knowledge that I believe will help me to more easily inject a measure of verisimilitude into a troublesome (character) section of my novel.

The writer of the article, Ronald W. Dworkin, M.D., Ph.D., is the author of Artificial Happiness: The Dark Side of the New Happy Class (Basic Books, 2006).

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DOJ refuses to allow attorney to testify in Black Panther case

There has to be more in this Black Panther story than is being reported. But I suppose the press will not disclose it, even if there is.

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For some reason Outlook will not allow me to send email this morning. It will receive email but displays an Error message whenever I attempt to send a message. I suspect it is a problem with my email server (Network Solutions) -- but who knows? Time will tell...

Ta ta . . .

1 comment:

  1. Dear Gene,

    I'm surprised that you would focus on the current legal controversy regarding possible voter intimidation in Philly, when the more interesting intrigue by far is the mystery behind the little Ritchie Rich character that Chelsea C. is about to wed. So noble of Daddy Bill to live in Harlem (what a symbol of allegiance with the po' side of town, which is but a hop-skip-and-a-limousine-jump from his soon-to-be son-in-law's $5,000,000 per month 'apartment'). Headline: Hedge Funds Unite to Save The USA Economy!

    It may well be your smtp server that this morning gives you trouble, or it may be *_* who wants to prevent you from getting the word out to us plebeians.