Vincent: That Strange Wild Man

Rather than being insane, as the legend claims, evidence suggests that Vincent van Gogh suffered from Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, which caused his erratic behavior. He longed for human companionship, but was feared, ridiculed and isolated from his community. Add to that the mysterious story that he did not commit suicide as most believe, but was shot by one of two young men who delighted in tormenting him. If the evidence leading to that conclusion is correct, his life story is no less tragic for it. The saving grace, if one can call it that, was that he apparently welcomed death as a…

Under the influence

This administration has left many of us in a state of perpetual hangover. With the glut of scandals and threats and lies that confront us on a daily basis, keeping up has become an unpaid internship with no end-date. Anyone who follows this somewhat lapsed series has probably figured out that my favorite theme is about facing life with as much positivity as possible. And, if you’re at all like me, maintaining perspective is daunting when assaults to our sense of decency are non-stop. I seem to be toughening up, however. I’m becoming more realistic, with an added touch of cynicism just to keep things…

Looking Up

We need to spend more time looking up, watching birds, studying flowers, and marveling at insects. For as long as I can remember, Nature has been my source of wonder, my peace, and my solace. From a dandelion growing through a crack in the sidewalk to a hike in the mountains, the renewal that Nature offers is there for everyone. It is the cure for what ails us. All it asks is that we appreciate it. –Lora   New Images! Lora Fisher Photography   Resources: Prison Gardens Help Inmates Grow Their Own Food — And Skills –NPR Green Cities: Good Health –University of Washington…