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November 2nd, 2022

Bridging the divide: Common ground and common sense

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

Our friend Jim died this summer. He was my friend, but I use the word “our” because we were six, friends since high school, who have managed to stay in touch through all...

October 5th, 2022

Surreal Alaska

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

The world is on the move again. With COVID under better control and most people just tired of being confined, airports are crowded, flights are delayed and cruise ships are...

August 5th, 2022

COVID-19: What might this be?

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

All you need for a good projective test is an ambiguous stimulus and a simple question, “What might this be?” If this sounds like the Rorschach, then you’re either an...

June 28th, 2022

My life in the library

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

When I retired from my hospital position nearly seven years ago, I moved my office to the public library. It was an easy move – no furniture to rearrange at home or haul...

June 2nd, 2022

Cleaning the closet of doubt

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

Now that I can see the top of my desk again, it’s good to get back to the keyboard and set down in writing some thoughts about the everyday life of a retired psychologist. In...

May 2nd, 2022

Love letters from London

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

Tucked between the pages of a thin, spiral notebook with a plain brown cover, I keep two letters that came to me from London in the summer of 1970 after my first year of...

March 29th, 2022

When memory fails

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

Before I retired almost seven years ago, a friend who had already left the nine to five daily routine told me that one nice thing about retirement is that you have more time to...

February 3rd, 2022

Amazing Grace

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

Where would we be without grace? This is not the kind of question you would expect to find in a psychology publication, but that, I believe, is a blind spot in the view many...

January 8th, 2022

Raking leaves again

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

The yard is clean and smooth again waiting for nature’s hand to paint the first coat of winter white. The air is crisp and still. As I take in the scene from the window, I...

October 3rd, 2021

How many photos do we really need?

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

I’m getting to know the folks at Apple pretty well, from the greeters with their iPads at the front of their mall store, the geniuses at the big table up front, to the good...

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