Columnists, In Person

July 1st, 2024

Reflections on Totality

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

Words are the first to go.

When all that is left of the sun is a circle of light surrounding the black disk of the moon, you are reduced to simple instructions and...

June 3rd, 2024

Remembering Dan Wakefield

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

When acclaimed author Dan Wakefield passed away on March 13, the world lost a voice of compassion and conscience, and I lost a kind and generous mentor. Dan was a journalist,...

May 1st, 2024

Limping with the bulls: A psychologist tests the market

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

Things are quiet this morning and my heart is beating at its usual steady rate. The adrenaline that was coursing through my body yesterday at this time has subsided with the...

March 29th, 2024

Psychologists and poets

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

Apri is National Poetry Month, and psychologists everywhere are writing poetry.
With Wordsworth they are recollecting intense emotion in tranquility
and helping...

March 4th, 2024

My life with telescopes

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

“You have a telescope! Use it much? What can you see? Can we take it outside and look at the moon?” Our visitor is asking about the telescope in the corner or our living...

February 18th, 2024


By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

I am writing today by the dim light filtering into the room from a troubled sky. The rain has been constant since yesterday and the trees, stripped of their leaves, sway with...

January 2nd, 2024

On growing old gracefully – or not

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

As I sit at my desk in a too quiet house, I am thinking about my wife who is spending the day with a friend on a senior citizens’ bus trip to view the New England countryside...

December 4th, 2023

Celebrating the holiday season…and yet

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

The holiday season is upon us. We are in the thick of it with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Diwali behind us and Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza looming ahead. Feasts of saints,...

November 10th, 2023

Whose story is it anyway?

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

Psychologists are story people, especially when we are trying to help people make more satisfying stories of their lives. Because I am a story person, I am still mulling over...

September 30th, 2023

Writing a spiritual autobiography

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

There will be eight of us, nine if you count me, the workshop leader, lighting up those little Zoom squares like stars blinking onto a twilight sky, one here, a cluster there,...

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