Places that “Made” Me: Installment One

By Troy Headrick My mind works in mysterious ways.  For example, three or four days ago, for no particular reason, the following question popped into my head:  I wonder who said, “Clothes make the man”?  I then almost immediately forgot that I’d asked this question—my brain having its own unique way of functioning—and went about... Continue Reading →

We Need a Second “Golden Rule”

By Troy Headrick I want to thank “Hamish,” a thoughtful young man from New Zealand.  His comment on my last Pointless Overthinking piece inspired this.  By the way, Hamish blogs.  You should have a look at his work. In the comment I’ve referred to, Hamish writes, “I’ve been slowly figuring out over the past little... Continue Reading →

Sigmund Freud Explained This

By Troy Headrick We’ve seen them on the internet.  The YouTube archives are full to the brim of examples.  I’m talking about mobile phone footage of people protesting the requirement that they wear masks when entering businesses and other public places.  Often, once confronted about not donning an acceptable nose and mouth covering, these angry... Continue Reading →

On Anger

By Troy Headrick I’ve been thinking a lot about anger recently.  In fact, I’ve been looking at the topic long enough to be ready to put my thoughts on paper. For a person interested in studying anger and the angry response, this is a kind of perfect moment.  There’s so much anger out there, being... Continue Reading →

We Must Not Shirk Our Responsibilities

By Troy Headrick Many who regularly read this blog are interested in self-reflection, personal growth, mindfulness, spirituality, psychology, and topics of this sort.  Often, when discussing these things, the writers of these blogs focus on the individual.  They might begin by narrating a personal anecdote and then use that experience to examine a larger, more... Continue Reading →

We Only Think We’re in Control

By Troy Headrick I want to thank my parents and grandparents for bringing me up the way they did.  The lessons they taught and the skills they instilled are serving me well at this challenging time.  In fact, they have always served me well. Until the age of eight, I was an only child.  I... Continue Reading →

Some Musings on the Concept of “Normal”

By Troy Headrick With the exception of LinkedIn, I’ve totally gotten off of social media.  When I quit posting on Twitter and Facebook—quite a long time ago now—I went cold turkey and stayed clean for many months.  Early in March 2020, just as the COVID-19 situation was beginning to ramp up in the United States,... Continue Reading →

What Is Learning?

By Troy Headrick I had this strange experience—perhaps it would be more apropos to call it an epiphany?—this morning.  Part of its strangeness was that I’d already had a similar realization several times before.  Can something be called an epiphany if it keeps recurring? I’m referring to the sudden realization of how strange everything is... Continue Reading →

Not Making Sense of the Virus

By Troy Headrick I’ve been AWOL for about a month.  Now that I’ve shown back up for duty, I need to begin with an explanation.  And an apology (or two). I’d like to accurately recreate the experiences I’ve had these past several weeks, but everything blurs together in my mind.  About three weeks or so... Continue Reading →

Napping as an Act of Defiance

By Troy Headrick I’ve been thinking a lot about defiance lately.  Actually, because I’m very much a contrarian at heart, I’m always thinking about ways to defy.  That’s what contrarians do; they defy conventional wisdom (among other things).  (By the way, it seems pretty clear that we need a lot more contrarians in the world.)... Continue Reading →

How Do Others See Me?

By Troy Headrick A couple of weeks ago I had this really jarring experience.  I watched a video of myself leading a workshop on critical thinking.  (I am the director of a writing center at a community college in San Antonio, Texas, and often do all manner of presentations for a wide range of audiences.) ... Continue Reading →

Listening to Chicago

By Troy Headrick Before I go any further, I’d like to ask you to watch this five-minute video about an extraordinary woman named Chicago Crosby. OK, where to begin?  There’s so much I want to say.  I suppose I’ll start not with Chicago but with me and us, those of us who’ve just watched her... Continue Reading →

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