The Orphan

Reviewed by Dyane Sherwood

In The Orphan: A Journey to Wholeness, Audrey Punnett has brought this powerful topic to our attention in a thoughtful and multifaceted book that is engaging, carefully researched, and clearly written. As a Jungian analyst, she concerns herself with the effects on individuals of losing a parent in childhood and with the universal questions of the Orphan in each of us—that is, the underdeveloped aspects of our personalities that have lacked the nurturing, structure, and sense of security that they have needed to grow.

In her opening chapters, Dr. Punnett recounts the way the theme of the orphan seemed to find her, rather than her consciously seeking it out, after she had moved alone to Zurich to enter analytic training. Throughout, one can sense her deep empathy with the loneliness of the parentless child. Continue reading

Humans Need Not Apply

It isn’t ‘science fiction’ anymore. . .

Review by Grady Harp

Author Jerry Kaplan gained international recognition with his book “Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure” and is now a well-traveled speaker and futurist as well as a serial entrepreneur, technical innovator, co-founder of four Silicon Valley startups, two of which became publicly traded companies. He is currently a Fellow at The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. He also teaches Philosophy, Ethics, and Impact of Artificial Intelligence in the Computer Science Department, Stanford University. He holds a BA (1972) from the University of Chicago in History and Philosophy of Science, and an MSE (1975) and PhD (1979) in Computer and Information Science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence and Computational Linguistics, from the University of Pennsylvania. Continue reading

I’m Not Dead, Am I?: A Paranormal Family Living in Rural New York

“Guidance from Beyond”

A Review by Joey Madia

When I first heard about the experiences of the Berardi family, through a mutual contact, I was immediately drawn to the core elements of their story because of certain similarities in my own life: Italian Catholics, the Berardis have experienced paranormal events, in their case, through the gift of mediumship that runs through the maternal side of the family and through their many clients for readings and house clearings.

As readers of my reviews, blog essays, plays, and fiction are aware, I have had a lifetime of paranormal experiences, some of which have involved visitations from deceased family members, and I believe that, although I am no longer a practicing Catholic, my experiences growing up in the Roman Catholic Church (complete with Catholic school, CCD, and church on Sundays and Holy Days) have informed my relationship with the paranormal. Continue reading

The Gift of Alzheimers

‘Forgotten or repressed material surfaces in a state of diminished consciousness.’ – Carl Jung

Review by Grady Harp

Scottish author Maggie La Tourelle is now based in London as a writer, therapist and teacher. She has worked in the field of holistic healthcare for thirty years integrating psychotherapy, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), kinesiology, and healing. At a personal level she has ten years hands-on experience helping to care for both her parents at the end of their lives. Her book PRINCIPLES OF KINESIOLOGY is a global classic an now THE GIFT OF ALZHEIMERS promises to rise to the same level of importance. Continue reading

Melville’s Moby-Dick; Slattery’s Our Daily Breach

On Slattery’s Our Daily Breach: Exploring Your Personal Myth through Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick

by Christopher Sten

Have you ever wanted to read Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick but thought it too daunting? Or maybe you read it in high school or college but are curious to see what more you might learn from it today? Dennis Patrick Slattery’s new book, Our Daily Breach: Exploring Your Personal Myth through Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, offers a brilliantly conceived strategy for reading Melville’s classic while also exploring one’s own life story. Professor Slattery, a teacher and scholar who has published widely on psychology, myth, and memory, believes that everyone has a personal story or myth to tell, one that few of us ever bother to discover or recreate. What’s so original about his new book is the idea that our own lives and life stories mirror the narratives of the great classic works of literature—they resonate with us personally but often without our being fully aware of it. As readers, we have a natural sympathy with the characters and actions of classic works like Moby-Dick that leads us to recall similar, parallel moments and feelings in our own lives. Classics are classics because they hold the potential for a powerful, intimate, personal connection to us—as they have for generations of readers throughout history. Continue reading