Psychopathy and Love?

Cluster B takes up the question of whether psychopaths love.


Am I Really One?

astonishmentI have been certain of my psychopathy ever since my best friend gave me the news when I was a teenager. She wasn’t trying to insult me. She had talked about me to some professional, not our shrink, describing my “symptoms.” Why should the opinion of another teenager with no professional expertise matter? I confess to a flash of intuition, something, in itself, very non-psychopathic of me. It just “fit.” I have been certain about this ever since. Many years later, I voluntarily got a personality assessment by professionals and got the kind of validation these people can give. I was “diagnosed” as having ASPD, the DSM version of psychopathy. No, they wouldn’t use the PCL-R, as I had requested.

athenaRecently, some of the answers on Quora from psychopaths are making me wonder if I’ve been wrong all these years. Athena Walker has informed us…

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How Lucky We Are To Be Alive Right Now

WineAndCheeseDoodles says, “Bring it on, 2018.”

Wine and Cheese (Doodles)

Here we are, the ass-end of another year. I sat down yesterday to write about Salome and her veils.

Then I re-read 2016’s year-end post. Apparently I had the same idea last year.

Always ahead of myself, it would seem. And forever forgetting it.

I expected I would endeth the year in much the same way as I beganeth, but….I didn’t.

Oh, I am still angry, that much is true, but I am not blinded by my rage. I can see around my anger now, see through it. I’ve spent the last twelve months honing it and sharpening it. It is an asset I carry around with me, at all times. A talisman, an amulet I wear around my neck. A sharpened stick a la BtVS to slay demons, both within and without.

It seems strange to look backward at this year and think, how lucky we are to…

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In 2018, let’s stop pretending cis women are the only ones having periods. Seriously.

Sam points out a blind spot in, probably most, people’s thinking.

Let's Queer Things Up!

Recently on Twitter I saw, yet again, claims being made that trans people who menstruate will eventually no longer have a menstrual cycle because of testosterone… and therefore, trans inclusivity when we’re talking about periods is a moot point.

Holy cisnormativity, batman.

This irks me. Because not only have I been on testosterone for two freakin’ years and am still #blessed with a monthly, but it’s also a wildly incorrect assumption that every trans person with a uterus is going to end up on testosterone in the first place.

There are transgender people who menstruate. Let me say it again to make sure we’re all on the same page here: THERE ARE TRANS PEOPLE WHO HAVE PERIODS.

And whether they identify as non-binary, as trans men, or anything else in the gender universe, one thing is clear to me: We need gender inclusivity when we’re talking about menstruation.

For me…

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The memory of fire

A contemplative poem from TheFeatheredSleep


Most habits

Are learned lazily

Incorporated into being, before aware

Of what it means to be.

A habit is a slothful fellow

Whispering in our ears;

You’ve done it before

Come sit by the fire

And watch others rush at life

Put your aching bones close to the warmth

Feel the security of what you’ve gone and done

So many times

And if you were asked

To break out of your stupor

Throw water on the fireplace, dousing heat

And with no preparation

Launch into a violent rain storm

Obscuring your direction

Lashing your sides with chill

Would you follow?

Thrill seekers maybe

The very young, the chronically overlooked

That girl with braces who wanted to be the busty blonde

Maybe they’d fall like extinguished stars

Into the storm

And from their yearning to matter, to win

They’d keep going long after the memory of fire was lost

Fighting without…

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The unholy alliance that is ushering us into a new Dark Age.

LuckyOtter reminds us of two things: How dangerous a situation we are in, and that the solution is up to us. Helplessness and apathy are not viable options.

Lucky Otters Haven


When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross. –Sinclair Lewis, 1935.

This article is going to be dark.  I wasn’t looking forward to writing it, but I must do so. Dark as the subject matter is, it’s the light within most of us that makes us able to know when darkness is descending and take the necessary action to avoid being annihilated by it.

Education and science are under attack by an unholy alliance between right wing evangelical Christianity and far right politics.    This has been going on since the late 1970s (The Moral Majority was the first obvious sign this was beginning to happen), but only now has the situation in America become critical, so critical we are fast losing our democracy and becoming a fascist state.

Protecting democracy and liberty is the primary reason why the Founding Fathers made…

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The Taste of Citrus

Christine Ray paints a simple scene that may give some people ideas.

Brave & Reckless

Silken black blindfold

Covers eyes

Feel your thumb

Tracing my bottom lip

“Open up” you say

I hesitate only briefly

Before I obey

Tongue and teeth greeted

With sweet-tart taste of ripe

Blood orange

Juices running

Down chin


Bare breasts

You feed me more segments unhurridly

Citrus dripping

Skin sticky

Your lips

Long and lingering on mine

Before trailing down to drink

Sweet-tart juice

From my warm skin

© 2017 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All rights Reserved

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Is the Museum of the Bible fair to Jewish people?

Beth Caplan discusses the new Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., and some reactions to it.

Sarahbeth Caplin

The new Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. spends what seems to be a disproportionate amount of time on the history of the Old Testament rather than the New, according to a review in the Washington Post.

That’s significant to many since that’s the section of the Bible without Jesus (depending on who you ask, anyway). The museum gift shop also sells Jewish items such as menorahs and mezuzahs, and the sounds of people praying in Hebrew can be heard through loudspeakers.23632749_1476056779175942_5096670486519628785_oIn many ways, then, the museum seems like a very Jew-friendly place. Yet many Jews are skeptical of the museum. Why is that?

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Fallen From Grace – Dena Daigle

Nicole shares a poem, a testimony, by Dena Daigle, inspired by one of her own. They are sisters of the word and struggle.

Nicole Lyons

A couple of weeks ago I shared a poem from my book Hush on my Facebook page and my friend and fellow writer, Dena Daigle of Phoenix Ascended, stumbled onto it and wrote a stunning poem from the inspiration she got from mine and I know you’ll love it as much as I do.

I Have Fallen – Nicole Lyons


Fallen From Grace – Dena Daigle

Sister, I too, have fallen
from the straight-laced confines of worldly grace.
My lips have tasted the poison dripping
down my throat, charring my vocal chords,
ensuring that I never speak
of the deadly disease growing inside of me.
I have felt cold steel piercing my supple flesh
and venom slowly seeping through my veins
in my feeble attempt to numb the agony thriving within.
My still-beating heart has been ripped from my ribcage
and thrown to the hungry wolves that lie
in waiting…

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