Author Archives: richp45198

About richp45198

I am a clinical psychologist and have an abiding interest in matters spiritual.

On Being a Cafeteria Catholic

“Cafeteria Catholic” is a disparaging term used by some to refer to Catholics who allegedly “pick and choose” from Catholic teaching and practice. The undercurrent is that we pick and choose based on comfort and convenience. Well, I have a … Continue reading

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Heroes: Buck O’Neil

I continue to have great admiration and respect for men who played in the Negro Leagues. Deprived of the opportunity to play in the Major Leagues, these men pursued their passion in all kinds of adverse circumstances. Some, such as … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Christmas

It is that time of year for lights and shopping and multiple reruns of “A Christmas Story”. It is also that time of year when we hear various critics say “We have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas.” So I … Continue reading

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Further Thoughts on Sacred Music

On my run this morning, I listened to a version of “Simple Gifts” from Aaron Copeland’s Appalachian Springtime. I had the thought that, just as sacred places for me are not necessarily related to churches, so it is with music. … Continue reading

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The Long Thanksgiving Dinner 2021

The Long Thanksgiving Dinner Revisited I thought I would repost this slightly revised piece. As for all of us, more loved ones have passed through the black curtain this year. Yet they will all be there, gathered together in spirit. I … Continue reading

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Fathers in Films

Following up on an earlier piece I wrote on Mothers in Movies, I thought a piece on fathers would be appropriate. I found it a little more challenging. Fathers are often portrayed as either extremely idealized, as buffoons, or as … Continue reading

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On Being Shanty Irish

Some years ago in a long-forgotten novel, I came across the term “Shanty Irish”. It referred to a certain discomfort one might have in the presence of wealth. Shanty Irish refers to those Irish immigrants who, in Ireland or in … Continue reading

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On Grief

“I must go down to the seas again. . .” (John Masefield)     Some years ago,  my Aunt Dorothy died during the middle of the night. She lived alone in Santa Monica but my brother lived in nearby Marina del … Continue reading

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The Spiritual Side of PTSD

I was talking to a young combat veteran yesterday. When I asked him if he’d received any counseling he said “Well, I’ve been talking to my pastor.” This was a reminder to me of the spiritual side of PTSD as … Continue reading

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Quiet Heroes

Hero has become a popular word these days, as it should be. It is being applied to front-line workers battling COVID, to police officers, to firefighters and EMTs, and to our warrior veterans. Indeed these are all people who suit … Continue reading

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