Entries by Alan Godwin

June 4, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, If you’ve ever referred to someone as a drama queen or drama king, you likely weren’t having warm, toasty feelings when you uttered the reference. Here’s something I posted a while back about the effects of getting caught up in someone’s drama. *** I worked for years in a high-rise office building. […]

May 21, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, Just over a year ago, I posted something that I decided to repost today. The man highlighted in this piece was one of our country’s greatest whose influence was felt, not only here, but around the world *** One of my great joys is to walk the greenway trail where I live […]

May 7, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, Here’s another oldie but goodie. Or… maybe it’s just an oldie. *** Drama people are nothing if not perplexing. Lundy Bancroft once wrote a book entitled Why Does He Do That? in which he attempts to explain the psyches of abusive men. Indeed, most of us are bewildered by drama people. They […]

April 23, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, I know, I know. I’m sending out lots of reruns these days. That’s because, as I mentioned, I’m deeply involved in another writing project. And since my cognitive band width is akin to a 1G in a 4G world, I only have so many neurons to go around. Here’s something from three […]

April 9, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, What follows appears in my eBook, “Marriage Myths: 10 Things That Sound True About Marriage But Aren’t.” Here’s one of those 10 myths: I Can’t Fix You, I Can Only Fix Me This idea has become so entrenched in our culture that it rivals other truisms we accept unquestioningly, such as: You […]

April 2, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, From a couple of years back: *** I hate snakes. When I first saw Raiders of the Lost Ark, I thought Indiana Jones captured my sentiments precisely when he exclaimed, “I hate snakes.” The house in which I grew up was located next to a small creek that ran through our neighborhood. […]

March 19, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, I was going to write something fresh this morning but flat ran out of time before taking an out-of-town trip. So, here’s something from the archives: *** Have you ever thought about the fact that much of our folk wisdom was originally derived through someone’s hard-earned experience? Take the Jim Croce song, […]

March 12, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, Here’s something I posted almost three years ago: *** Along the way, I’ve heard various iterations of the following statement: “If you want to spot a counterfeit, get to know the real thing.” Counterfeiting ain’t so easy these days. What with high tech scanning capabilities, the job of a counterfeiter is much […]

February 26, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, As of next month, I will have been writing this weekly letter for four years. When I first began, I figured I’d frequently miss the mark on the weekly-ness of it. But to my surprise, I’m pretty sure I’ve only missed 3 or 4 installments in four years. Most of us aim […]

February 19, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, Last week, I elaborated on what I consider to be seven features of conspiracy theories: They’re based upon exaggerated fears. They replace complexity with simplicity. They are lies gussied up with “facts.” They are unfalsifiable. They’re fueled by crowd-power. Their adherents are dogmatic. and Their skeptics are denounced. A conspiracy theory becomes […]