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April 2013

“Wiser Now” April 2013


On the Apple Newsstand April 3rd

Self Defense or Submission

In its earliest structured study, the organic brain damage we call psychopathy was first defined as moral insanity. This came about because the afflicted demonstrated extreme immorality. Where do morals come from? Subsequent researchers worked their way to a consensus that the immorality of the psychopath resulted from lack of conscience—the total inability to care about others or feel shame or guilt about their own behavior.

A couple of other hallmarks of human predators are that they do not tolerate resistance and they are driven by moral insanity to get their way. Removing guns from sane, law-abiding citizens would feed both of these appetites. It is worth noting that the gun control arguments disallow any mention of what has happened to the violence crime rate in countries where the citizenry has been disarmed. This omission says it all.

This month we present words and images from the gun debate, a look at psychopathic bonds in personal and public relationships, little known healing properties of apricots and coconut oil, media violence and children,  the hoarding of animals, the mindset of self preservation, hypothyroidism (which affects over 80 percent of women over 40!), another fine work of fiction and more. Enjoy!

“Denial and inactivity prepare people well
for the roles of victim and corpse.”

~ Dr Leach


March 2013

“Wiser Now” March 2013

Wiser Now 2013


We Can Only ‘Believe On’ What We Know

Our purpose here is to open eyes. There are four different kinds of knowing; the most potentially dangerous falls into the category of “what you don’t know you don’t know.” For most people, this is the arena into which awareness of psychopathy falls. Tragically for all of us, these brain-damaged individuals live lives of such parasitism and predation that all other forms of mental illness and emotional disturbance pales. It is for this reason that every single issue of “Wiser Now” explores their charismatic cons and political frauds.

Personally, I don’t think there is any other single topic that holds more problem-solving power right now getting our minds around psychopathy. Their deeds affect every one of us whether we realize it or not. Once you grasp what they are and what they do, you will be armed with knowledge that can protect your life, your soul, your loved ones and your property. Without this knowledge, you’re a sitting duck.

This month we celebrate getting clean inside and out, the joy of giving and the divine goodness of simple foods—all of which reminds us that life began and can begin again in the garden. We bring insights on Stockholm Syndrome, which is surprisingly relevant as you’ll see, a few words from Bill Cosby about slackers, a warning about the health care system, our first piece of fiction and more. Cheers!

“Life has many different chapters for us.
One bad chapter doesn’t mean it’s the end of the book.”

On the Apple Newsstand March 3rd.

February 2013

“Wiser Now” February 2013


On the Apple Newsstand February 1st

The Whole Love Thing

This month we bring wide-ranging insights from personal experience and philosophical traditions about love as the beautiful, soulful, live-giving experience it can be. We offer this as an antidote to the persistent images and meta messages that suggest otherwise. May these pieces serve as gentle reminders to beware of counterfeits that mislead, waste, use and abuse.

We also bring a wry piece from a mysterious writer about the universal experience of being deceived by lover and self. It is important reading—it masterfully decodes the charismatic con from both sides of the experience. It will confirm lessons learned and hopefully spare you further debacles.

We celebrate coffee and honey (two of my favorite things), the joys of time alone, how and why to recharge yourself, the gift of finding your one true love and we introduce the enormous subject of twins—from being a twin, to being in a relationship with a twin, to finding your twin flame.

“Don’t cry because it’s over—smile because it happened.” – Dr Seuss

January 2013

“Wiser Now” January 2013


On the Apple Newsstand January 2nd

The Price of Economic Abuse

The thing about the consequences of having parasitical and predatory “pathologicals” loose in society is the incredible trail of destruction they leave in their wake. The tonnage of waste this small minority visits upon us is beyond belief. Individual lives are damaged, some are ended. People on the periphery–family, friends, employers and co-workers—are also affected. The fallout can bring economic, legal and/or medical burdens that slow down recovery and deliver yet another blow. Want of these services create additional hardship and suffering. When a person or a family cannot overcome the damage done, their financial death penalty becomes a life sentence.

What many people don’t realize (because of media misinfo) is that roughly half of these victims did not live as victims previously. They were accomplished and independent before the pathological targeted them. This month, we open a door into this largely unknown world. Mass media continues to report only the sensational aspects of physical violence, and does a great disservice to the millions of people whose lives have been shattered shattered by economic abuse.

We also look at anger and depression, indigo adults, spiritual preparedness as well as how color affects the brain, the morgellons phenomenon and the eerily persistent use of excitotoxins in our food.

“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.” – Anton Chekhov

December 2012

“Wiser Now” December 2012

On the Apple Newsstand December 1st

The Power of One

In so many ways, we become separated from ourselves and each other by the hustle and bustle of daily living. Though we possess many tools and technologies, they seem to create more distraction rather than more time to be alive in the fullest sense of the word. And many don’t even notice.

Against all odds, though, we are fortunate to have those whose labors give us pause to reflect on this thing called life, “in all its sham and drudgery” and thereby show us the power of individual effort, the power of one and what love can do.

This month, we bring you revelations of joy from a former Type A madman, labors of love from animal rescuers, cautionary tales from love gone wrong, seismic warnings about the financial bayou, language arts put to predictive use, indictments on fluoride and Premarin, lessons about effective mindset and more.

The opportunity every day is to form more fully and share your gifts with a world full of need and wonder, for we live in a time of angels and devils.

“[Saint Anthony] said, in his solitude, he sometimes encountered devils who looked like angels, and other times he found angels who looked like devils. When asked how he could tell the difference, the saint said that you can only tell which is which by the way you feel after the creature has left your company.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

November 2012

“Wiser Now” November 2012

On the Apple Newsstand November 1st.

Protecting Gratitude Against All Odds

Gratitude, like forgiveness, can be a real challenge. It’s hard to feel grateful when you’re weathering a storm, and it’s hard to forgive when you’ve been betrayed. And yet, this is precisely when the effort can lead to transformation of character and circumstance, short term and long term.

One of the greatest gifts of 20th century neuroscience was the revelation that the brain receives and transmits data. This offers exciting opportunities for self determination. Just one is this: goodness can come to us, but we can call for it as well.

Cultivating gratitude won’t bring world peace overnight, but the argument is made here that it has the power to not only resolve individual dilemmas, but impart a quality to daily life to which beneficial events naturally gravitate.

This month, we present cogent reflections on the national voting exercise, the first Thanksgiving, our relationship with money, the neuroscience of belief, the effects of gratitude, familial relationships, the nature of media and government and an introduction to relationship literacy.

“We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”    ― Thornton Wilder

October 2012

“Wiser Now” October 2012


On the Apple Newsstand October 1st.

Comes a Time

There comes a time when the unexpected arises, the unwanted occurs and the unknown reveals itself. These moments may bring clarity in a time of need or they may require further investigation. Most of us are accustomed to events that are, for the most part, manageable, and enable us to continue doing what we do in relative comfort. But what of events that overwhelm us emotionally, financially, socially, physically, spiritually?

In this issue, we talk with Alvin Conway about coming earth changes of enormous extent. Stefan Verstappen introduces us to the law of the jungle that will overtake cities in the near future. Claudia Moscovici considers the reality of the relational blueprint of aberrant intimacy. Davos shows us the hilarious and horrifying paradigms at work in the systems in which we operate. John Nutting takes us by the hand into our inner world to explore the deep, unseen beliefs that run our lives. Sarah Strudwick pulls our heads out of the washing machine with her wit about crazymaking. And Anna Moss delves into the neuroscience of language and the psychopathy of the cancer industry.

“Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments…” William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116

Available on the Apple Newsstand October 3rd.