It is time for a break.

The last four years have been as difficult, as taxing, as demanding, as infuriating, as exhausting as any I can remember — and I am old enough to have participated in the anti-Vietnam protests, Berkeley’s emotional People’s Park conflict and the National Guard’s occupation of the town, the angry marches following the bombings of Laos and Cambodia, and witnessed the horror and devastation of the race riots in Watts, Newark and Detroit. Yes, I’m that old.

All things considered, nothing in my lifetime compares to the angst, rage and division caused by the guy…


As we learned in vivid and shocking detail last week, Mike, your ex-boss took the concept of ‘thrown under the bus’ to new, horrible, diabolical extremes. He incited a mob — one that he had spent millions of dollars inviting to Washington, D.C. for a ‘Stop the Steal’ rally on January 6, including $3.5 million he paid to the rally’s organizers¹ — to take the Capitol, find you and do you physical harm.² …


Good bye, Lou Dobbs. Turns out that lying about election fraud daily on cable television is one thing. Having your employer sued for $2.7 billion because of those lies is quite another. So much for having your back.¹

Last week, Smartmatic, the voting technology company, filed a $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News, Mr. Dobbs and fellow-hosts Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro, as well as Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell. The suit accuses them of waging ‘a disinformation campaign’ against the firm. …


Statistically speaking, if you pose a sufficient number of conspiracy theories, no matter how outlandish, no matter how spurious, no matter how audacious, by chance, eventually, through no fault of your own, you may land on one that is true. Such is the nature of probability. Remember, even the Chicago Cubs won a World Series.

Such was the case last week when in the midst of an ever-expanding laundry list of incredible, far-fetched, outrageous, maddening, unhinged and, frankly, infuriating conspiracy theories embraced by Marjorie Taylor Greene, a freshman Republican member of the House from Georgia, she mentioned one in passing…


Mr. Hannity:

I hope this finds you well and that you and your family are safe and healthy.

The election is at long last over. We have a new administration. Your guy is at home in Florida, having now been impeached twice, and is no doubt unwinding from a tumultuous two-month period following his defeat, a period defined by his aggressive efforts to undermine the results of the election and by spending nearly every day golfing. When he wasn’t attempting to incite a mob filled with white supremacists to take the Capitol, that is.

All this would suggest that you…


On May 19, 2019, Saturday Night Live opened its show with a Meet the Press skit featuring cast members impersonating moderator Chuck Todd and panelists Mitch McConnell, Susan Collins of Maine and Lindsey Graham.¹ The question it explored: What could President Trump do to lose your support? Like most SNL skits, it began with benign possibilities and quickly became progressively profane and increasingly vile. (Kate McKinnon’s response as Lindsey Graham to ‘What if President Trump open-hand slaps you in the face?’ may be its best line.) At the close of the skit, Trump could do nothing to undermine the support…


Inigo: You know, it’s very strange. I’ve been in the revenge business so long, now that it’s over, I don’t know what to do with the rest of my life.

Westley: Have you ever considered piracy? You’d make a wonderful dread pirate Roberts.

Fans of The Princess Bride will recognize this exchange after Inigo Montoya, following a 20-year quest, has at long last found and killed the 6- fingered man who murdered his father. While most of us have never been in the revenge business, I do wonder what many of us, including me, will do with the rest of…


It has been nearly 800 years since its last visible occurrence. For those of us old enough to remember, it was on March 4, 1226, just before dawn. To refresh our memories, which of course fade over time, that year King Charles I of Naples was born and the Italian Saint Francis of Assisi died. Louis IV of France began his rule. The Chicago Cubs had yet to win a World Series. Yet, here we are again, in little more than a blink of an eye.

Today, Monday, December 21, the winter solstice, a day after my mother’s birthday, Saturn…


We knew it would get bad. We just did not know how bad it would get or what ‘bad’ looked like. Now we do.

At least the courts, including the Supreme Court, have stood tall, even in the face of withering criticism from the president. We have them to applaud and thank.

The election and its aftermath continue to take a huge toll on the country. What was intended to be an opportunity to select a president has become a war on democracy itself, one that has threatened our most cherished, most democratic, most American right. Sadly, it has taken…

Alan Schnur

Alan is a consulting psychologist with a long and storied history of helping organizations of all sizes become more enriching, empowering places to work.

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