Inertia

I am lying in a ball, swaddled in a blanket on the couch. I am not cold, but I sweat and shake and pull the blanket tighter. I am not ill. I have no fever. I am having an episode. I can help no one in this state. Not even myself. I feel the tingles … Continue reading Inertia

Vacations at Home

Can you remember your last vacation? The sun warming your skin, or snow misting across your face? My last travels took me to Paris and the south of France, but my last vacation was this morning.I’ve seen several people talking about taking vacations in their mind (shout out to Debi Mazar’s Spain mind-vacay today), and … Continue reading Vacations at Home

What Should I Watch While Self-Isolating?

Shelter-in-place orders are ubiquitous. Movie theaters are closed. And Netflix subscriptions are up! You know what else is up? Anxiety. Pandemics, like living in a guerilla combat zone, mean that strikes can happen anywhere at any time. That shit is scary! Add high unemployment rates, children at home 24/7, and a news cycle of clickbait, … Continue reading What Should I Watch While Self-Isolating?

Stir Crazy: The Chronically Ill Person’s Guide for Healthy People on Dealing with Anxiety, Uncertainty, and Boredom

Hello Healthy People! Your Friendly Neighborhood Person-with-Chronic-Illness here to share some hard-won wisdom about how to stay home and stay sane at the same time. The truth is, it’s not easy. But it doesn’t have to be the hardest thing in the world either. Honestly, I’m kind of excited that my illness finally has some … Continue reading Stir Crazy: The Chronically Ill Person’s Guide for Healthy People on Dealing with Anxiety, Uncertainty, and Boredom

Primetime Terrorism: How Depictions of Terrorism in Television Dramas Shape Perceptions and Political Attitudes

Using the episode "Drone Queen" from season four of the HBO show HOMELAND as a treatment, I designed an experiment to examine the framing effects of watching the episode in its entirety versus watching the episode with all scenes removed that depicted a positive-valence frame toward the victims of a drone strike in Afghanistan. The … Continue reading Primetime Terrorism: How Depictions of Terrorism in Television Dramas Shape Perceptions and Political Attitudes

Working For a Better America: Thoughts on Obama’s Second Inauguration, Dr. Cornel West, and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Although I wrote this piece nearly five years ago, the theme and message of Dr. West's speech are as true today as they were in 2013... This afternoon, on the day we annually celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, Barack Obama was recognized in the 57th presidential inauguration celebration. As America's 44th president, the … Continue reading Working For a Better America: Thoughts on Obama’s Second Inauguration, Dr. Cornel West, and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.