depression – Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:11:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Past where legs can carry http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/02/06/past-where-legs-can-carry/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/02/06/past-where-legs-can-carry/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:11:06 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3805 The day after an amazingly talented actor pushed heroin into his vein and died, I saw yet another study purporting to show that we live in the best of times. It’s hard to disagree. Infant mortality and poverty are plummeting. Our lifespans are being extended. More people worldwide are literate, and more of them can …

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On scientism http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/11/20/3727/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/11/20/3727/#comments Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:41:49 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3727 Those of you who read what I scribble here and elsewhere know I nurse a few curious theories about science, like that it ought to remain distinct from scientism, and that the scientific process taught in schools is hokum, and that reductionism is just as nonsensical when it comes to dominate the physical sciences as …

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Valley’s Light http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/10/19/valleys-light/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/10/19/valleys-light/#comments Wed, 19 Oct 2011 14:56:08 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3314 This morning I drove past the house where she died. The light today is the way it was then, a light that doesn’t warn you how peace comes at a cost this day, how once she’s sleeping she won’t wake again, no matter that she is stronger than little girls are supposed to be, no …

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Intentional heart http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/01/18/intentional-heart/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/01/18/intentional-heart/#comments Tue, 18 Jan 2011 19:15:13 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3214 I started a garden last summer. It went to weeds, and then the weeds grew parched under the relentless Kansas sun, and then they withered and died. I traveled more than I’d anticipated, and when I was home other things competed for my time, if only fatigue. I think on that garden and I fear …

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The written pages http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/12/06/the-written-pages/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/12/06/the-written-pages/#comments Mon, 06 Dec 2010 19:32:50 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3105 I took some time off writing here because I didn’t have anything to say. The truth is I went through a spate of those long, dark soul-nights, the kind where you don’t sleep except for a few snatches of time, and always you feel either feverish or dead, and mostly you wish you were the …

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Awaiting hope http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/07/27/awaiting-hope/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/07/27/awaiting-hope/#comments Tue, 27 Jul 2010 02:55:46 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2534 Somewhere between a speed too slow to get killed and too fast to get away, a grasshopper found himself clinging to my windshield wiper. He wrapped his thin wire legs around black metal and held on with that baleful, narrow-headed look grasshoppers have. I kept waiting for him to let go, to tumble and topple …

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“Looking at children was the real shocker for us” http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/05/21/looking-at-children-was-the-real-shocker-for-us/ Fri, 21 May 2010 12:37:36 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2416 U.S. children are posting sharp increases in drug use for chronic illnesses — one-quarter of all insured children and 30 percent of adolescents, according to a health company study. A large portion of these are¬†antipsychotic and diabetes drugs. What are we to make of this? The doctor who led the study is fairly blunt: “All …

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Four out of five drug companies, er, doctors, agree http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/01/05/four-out-of-five-drug-companies-er-doctors-agree/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/01/05/four-out-of-five-drug-companies-er-doctors-agree/#comments Tue, 05 Jan 2010 20:27:48 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=1924 Fewer and fewer people favor spanking children, but increasing numbers of us are fine with abusing them via prescription.

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Fast enough to breathe http://tonywoodlief.com/2009/08/25/fast-enough-to-breathe/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2009/08/25/fast-enough-to-breathe/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2009 14:54:48 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=1643 You’re screaming down the highway late getting to something or away from something, and you know this is the perfect time to make those phone calls you’ve been putting off, the ones to people who want things from you, and not even from you, because you are just a vessel or an obstacle to them, …

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Weary http://tonywoodlief.com/2009/06/25/weary/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2009/06/25/weary/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2009 03:06:08 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=1599 Sometimes the words don’t seem like they’ll get close to the truth of anything, and so I just stop writing. That’s not completely true; I’ll write fiction perhaps, because those people in the stories inside my head haven’t yet worked themselves into corners where the¬†words are like sunfaded fabric or covered-over grass or the sigh …

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