CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER

I Choose Not to Believe in Ghosts

I Choose Not to Believe in Ghosts

There Are Enough Things in the World to Haunt Me

Last December, a woman I was dating told me she believed in ghosts. We were chatting at a holiday party with two other guests, one of whom manages communications at the Lobero, the oldest theater in California. The place has an amazing history, the communications director, Angie, said. Oh, and it’s haunted. …

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I Fear the Coldness of Doctors

I Fear the Coldness of Doctors

If We Don't Encourage Them to Have Empathy, Both They and Their Patients Will Suffer

Earlier this year, a doctor I’d never met told me about the death of one of his patients:

I remember so well the morning our medical examiner came into my office to tell me about the autopsy. He had just completed his post-mortem examination on a woman ...

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My First Great Love Hates My Guts

My First Great Love Hates My Guts

I Fear That His Judgment of Me Is True

The first time I thought someone might actually hate me, I had just received an email from my first boyfriend, three years after we broke up. He was replying to an invitation I’d sent to meet for coffee …

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Do Brown Recluse Spiders Reign by Terror?

Do Brown Recluse Spiders Reign by Terror?

An Arachnologist Dispels the Fears of the Eight-Legged Boogeyman

About a decade ago, a pest control manager emailed me saying he had a big problem. At six military facilities he oversaw, …

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The World Needs More Darkness

The World Needs More Darkness

The Modern Obsession with Light and Transparency Has Made Us Much Too Vulnerable

Remember the good old days when Californians were scared of the dark? When Hollywood was king and we all knew that there was no monster or ghost scarier than the one we couldn’t see—the one lying there in the dark?

Those days are over. Today, the light is scarier than the dark ever was.

It’s not just because the sunshine is so much hotter and longer now …

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