A Meditation on Something I Heard the Other Day

By Troy Headrick On Friday, October 11th, I attended a professional development workshop at the college where I’m employed.  The title of the session was “Communication Skills for Collaboration.”  Looking back, I don’t think the title gave an apt preview of what the talk would cover.  Plus, the title was boring; whereas, the actually workshop... Continue Reading →

An Important Kind of Conversation

By Troy Headrick I was raised in a very unusual way.  I spent the first eight years of my life as an only child and resided in a rural area.  In fact, for a good chunk of my formative years, I didn’t really have neighbors and certainly not any with kids I could play with.... Continue Reading →

This Thing Called “Freedom”

By Troy Headrick As some of you might know, I am the director of a writing center at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas.  Just yesterday, a bright, young woman came into our facility and one of our best tutors helped her with a piece of writing she’d been working on. The tutoring session... Continue Reading →

Where Does Creativity Come From?

By Troy Headrick I’m going to share a secret with you.  Several years ago, back when I was living overseas, I used to create artwork and show it internationally.  I even sold quite a few pieces.  Then, for reasons I won’t get into right now, I stopped making art.  (By the way, my header image... Continue Reading →

Competition, Anger, and Mental Health

By Troy Headrick After I’d posted “Practicing Patience,” Betul Erbasi and I had a really interesting exchange.  (By the way, Betul is one of Pointless Overthinking’s regular contributors and a Turk who is working on her PhD at the University of Southern California.)  The topic of this conversation was anger and American culture.  I pointed... Continue Reading →

Practicing Patience

By Troy Headrick It’s not even close to January 1st but I’m making a resolution nonetheless.  I’m resolving to become a more patient person.  The way I want achieve this goal is by establishing a daily habit of practicing patience. Those of you who regularly read my blogs know that I’m an American who spent... Continue Reading →

The Vulnerability We All Face

By Troy Headrick I want to start this one with a warning.  I’m not for sure what I want to say, where this is going to go, or what my real subject is.  I want to discover all of those things through the process of putting words on paper. Lately, I’ve been suffering from a... Continue Reading →

What Racism Does to Us and How to Defeat It

By Troy Headrick I’ll start this one off with a confession.  Lately, I’ve been feeling depressed and overwhelmed.  These feelings are a byproduct of what I see happening in America, the place I currently live, and elsewhere, especially in parts of Europe. As everyone certainly knows, America’s president is Donald Trump.  (Just having to say... Continue Reading →

What Cars and Driving Do to Us

By Troy Headrick I had been thinking for several days about the possibility of writing something about automobiles and driving and the impact these things have on our mental health and happiness, and then I saw that Betul Erbasi had published this piece on slowing down.  As someone who writes regularly for Pointless Overthinking, I... Continue Reading →

Why Do We Write and Publish?

By Troy Headrick Several days ago I needed to leave the writing center I manage and walk to the college library to pick up some reading that is relevant to some research I am doing.  So I turned the center over to my very capable tutors and began the ten-minute stroll across campus to the... Continue Reading →

We Find Ourselves by Losing Ourselves

By Troy Headrick I want to begin this one with a story.  Years ago, back when I first started my career as an academician, I had this strange midlife crisis.  I call it “strange” because I wasn’t anywhere near the middle of my life at the time it occurred. It manifested itself in this way: ... Continue Reading →

Freewriting: A Great Writing Tool (Part Two)

By Troy Headrick About a week ago, I wrote (and published) “Freewriting:  A Great Writing Tool (Part One.”  Today, I’m ready to follow up with part two. Lots of people commented on the first installment.  For example, deelib68 asked, “Is freewriting meant to be read afterwards?  I did it once and it was very stream... Continue Reading →

Freewriting: A Great Writing Tool (Part One)

By Troy Headrick Writing!  A topic of great interest at Pointless Overthinking.  In fact, Bogdan has written a number of blogs about writing and the psychology of putting things down on paper.  For example, there’s this one which begins by asking if the act of writing helps writers write better.  (I would answer such a... Continue Reading →

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