Thursday, May 23, 2013


Yepper. . . .I'm gonna git me a HOODIE !  I understand some dudes use hoodies
to hide themselves from their public.  Uhuh. . .LOL  Recovery from the partial
facial paralysis of right side of face progresses.  The pain is gone.  Phew! The swelling along the jaw and under / behind the ear has gone down a great deal.
The facial muscle control nerves pass along the side skull channel (under the bone) and the pressure on the nerves causes the paralysis.  With the swelling dis-
persing  the pressure ought to lessen and free the nerves to function correctly.
So the time span is not predictable.

I've kinda gotten used to "the new look".  The other day I had my yearly appt with 
a vascular surgeon I see once a year for another matter.  When Stein walked in
"What did you do to your face??!!!"  And immediately his medical acumen went
to work identifying the cause. . . .then the question who I am seeing, what is the therapeutic plan, what meds, etc. etc. "Oh yeah, btw, your sitz is fine. No growth this year. In fact there hasn't been any change since '07.. ." .The good news. Apparently growth stopped 5- 6years ago.  "See you next year."  ;-))  Phew!
There are no sign or symptoms of change; it just happens.  O happy day!

So it seems very likely I will participate in Commencement/Graduation which takes place in early June . . . . .we are somewhat late. . .just goes to show ya the University doesn't want to let go of us!  Ho Ho Ho. . . .and I will receive and wear
the academic hoodie. . .but not to hide in. . .but rather, to show off in. . . . ;-)

So, Friends and Neighbors, that's the latest. . .or . ."fit to print". . hahahaa   I do appreciate your care and concern.  Support is effective.  . . and affective.  ;-)

Justin O'Shea, phd. . or d.psych.. . . . . . .huuuuuaaaaaahhhhhh!!!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Horrible New Disease. . . . .

A horrible new disease that seems to target gay men … and it is not spread primarily through sexual contact.  Yikes!

For Gay Men, a Fear That Feels Familiar

One doctor is going to the front lines in the battle against a new strain of bacterial meningitis affecting New York?s gay community.
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

For those “Dunes” visitors who have never had the opportunity to see beautiful Provincetown at its finest, here’s a truly great compilation of 100 hours of video cut down to six minutes or so which manages to show much of what makes downtown Ptown so much fun.  Granted, this particular video does slight much of the Cape Cod National Seashore,  Long Point (and bare bottoms), and Dunes wildlife. J  It does, however, show us a particularly wonderful bakery at 2:17.

Watching this just makes me want to drive the eight hours from my place to the Cape once again, just so that I can smell the sweat, the suntan lotion, and the sweet smells of freshly-made fudge and candy.

Bring on summer!!

AND. . . . .away we gooooooooooooooooo. .  ..

Thanks, Richard, does the heart good and breathing pick up. . . and. . .and. . ..seeing in
the dark. . . .whoooo weeeeeee. . .LOL

Friday, May 17, 2013


" Making a commitment to monogamy is no small thing, and it’s also not a foregone conclusion in gay male relationships."    (from the text)

Posted: 17 May 2013 05:25 AM PDT

When do you have the serious questions with that new guy you’re dating? 

You’ve been dating someone for a while now. He’s become a part of your life. 
On the scale of satisfaction that goes from “better than watching Law and Order reruns alone” to “can’t remember a time when I’ve been this happy,” he calls somewhere in the upbeat range.

You’ve moved past the first stage of dating (seeing if there’s enough interest to continue dating him). Maybe you are in stage two (you like him and are getting to know him better) or early stage three (exploring commitment). An itch starts to develop in one or both of you that has tinges of both sweetness and anxiety, a need to know: Are we boyfriends? Where is this dating thing going?

 It’s not likely that the two of you will arrive at this place simultaneously, so tact and patience are as important as openness here. If you’ve got an urge to ask the question too early – say, before dessert on the first date – you’re being over-anxious. You need to know your new guy before you can know if you’re headed for more than casual dating; don’t let yourself get too serious too fast.

Getting to know someone takes time and energy. You start investing yourself and you want to be reasonably certain that he’s doing the same. If you’ve been dating a while and you’re really smitten with the guy, but he’s still dating several other people, it’s going to feel risky to keep putting all your eggs in his basket. This is one of those places where heterosexuals have more language for relationship stages than gay folks. Gay couples don’t have language like “going steady” or “fiancĂ©.” So we need to talk it through.

The other reason to have the conversation is just the opposite: you’re concerned he’s more devoted than you’re comfortable with right now. Either way, it’s time to talk. In the stages of dating model mentioned above, you’re really having a conversation about where you are in stage two and whether you’re both ready for stage three.

There are lots of jokes about straight men that have trouble committing to their girlfriends, but something the opposite seems to be happening in our community. All the talk about equal marriage rights seems to be making some of us over-eager to walk down the aisle. Some of us have become quick to commit and we need to slow down. If we try to move through the getting-to-know-you stage too quickly, there will be hell to pay down the road.

For gay men, part of this conversation may involve talking about monogamy. Many of us aren’t comfortable being sexual with someone who is also sexual with other people; we need a contract of exclusivity somewhere in the dating process. Making a commitment to monogamy is no small thing, and it’s also not a foregone conclusion in gay male relationships.

Before bringing up the idea of commitment you’ll want to know what he thinks about sexual exclusivity in more general terms. If he’s had other relationships, were they open or closed? Does he have strong opinions one way or the other? Have you shared your own feelings and values? How well do they fit with his? He may be a great guy, but if his values are significantly different from yours a relationship is going to feel like rolling a boulder uphill. 

“Where are we?” isn’t a conversation you have just once, so don’t worry the issue to death. Talking things through is part of the ongoing process of getting to know your guy and letting him get to know you.

 John R. Ballew, M.S. author & contributor to GAYTWOGETHER, is a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Atlanta. He specializes in issues related to coming out, sexuality, relationships and spirituality. If you have any questions or comments you can submit them directly to GAYTWOGETHER or John R. Ballew, M.S. - or at (404) 874-8536.

Hello Friends and Neighbors ~

I haven't been posting much of anything of later, and likely for a while longer.
How long?  I don't really know; hopefully not to long.

I am ill.  I have a massive infection blocking the the salivary glan on my right
side of my face.  This mass is pressing on the facial nerves on the right side so
I am in a DroopyModus. . .lol. . .eyebrow and eyelids are not under my control.
When I smile. . or grimace. . .the right side of my lips stay in droop mode. The right jaw bone is very sensitive and painful.  Nourishment is taken in the form of mush or gruel which I can take thru a straw.

The antibiotics and pain meds make me very tired.  I sleep a lot. . ..get up for a while and when needed go back to sleep.  I had been very fatigued the previous week but I was still functioning normally.  Monday morning early I went to the clinic to have blood drawn for the usual yearly tests and doctor's check up the next day.

I knew then something wasn't right. . .and gradually during the day the symptoms progressed and became more affective on my motor skills, etc.  I saw my regular MD  Tuesday afternoon and I had to be driven to his office:  my partial paralysis and slow-down was in full bloom.  He told me what I have written to you above.
Started me on antibiotics program, and all the other things I do.  Before I left his office he has set up an appointment for me for today, for this afternoon with of the best specialists he knows.  I am lucky to get an appointment so quickly.

The quicker I start the repair program the more likely for a complete recovery. Some people get over this in a couple of week; others take longer. . .of course all dependent on our regular physical and mental health.  I work on patient acceptance and have accepted the possibility I will not be able to participate in receiving my doctoral degree. . . .but we shall see.  If I feel as I do this early morning there is\no way I would go and could endure the long ceremony.  I am just too washed out.

As it gets warmer I will spend some time sitting out  in the sun on our porch, aka veranda breathing in the healing soothing smell of the sea. . . ..aaaaahhh sounds nice, especially when I begin to get on the other side of the current mess.

As I can I will post something or other, or in response to  your posts and emails.

All good wishes,


Sunday, May 12, 2013

SAME LOVE - a Sign of the Times

Music Star Macklemore’s “Same Love” a Sign of the Times for LGBT Equality

“‘I grew up in the Catholic Church, I grew up with two gay uncles and a gay godfather, and I grew up in the hip hop community. So the Catholic Church and hip hop community are known as being very homophobic communities in a lot of ways.’”
These are the words of Macklemore, an independent hip hop artist from Washington State, who topped music charts last week with his song, “Can’t Hold Us.”  Macklemore has also been speaking out for LGBT equality through his music and his growing fame. He has topped musical pop charts in the US and abroad with his music that includes deep social critiques, reaching number one with the song “Thrift Shop” that glorifies shopping for second-hand goods.
On the same album,The Heist, released in 2012, Macklemore also included a song titled “Same Love” as his entrance into the debate on marriage equality, specifically Referendum 74 in Washington State. Inherent to the artist’s pro-equality music is his Catholic upbringing, which Macklemore speaks about frequently in media appearances. He compares the Church to the hip hop community, which both contain homophobic cultures internally. On his website, the artist writes:
“Growing up in the Catholic Church, I saw first-hand how easily religion became a platform for hate and prejudice. Those who ‘believed’ were excused from their own judgments, bypassing the stark issue of basic civil rights…
“[In both the Church and hip hop] The consequence and impact of what we say, and the culture of shame and abuse it creates, has very real, sometimes deadly impacts upon LGBTQ young people looking for acceptance and belonging.”
“Same Love,” video available above and lyrics here, is laced with critiques against anti-LGBT religious institutions and with an unequivocal endorsement of God’s love for all and our common call to inclusion. These include:
“America the brave still fears what we don’t know//And God loves all his children, is somehow forgotten…
“When I was at church they taught me something else//If you preach hate at the service those words aren’t anointed//That holy water that you soak in has been poisoned…”
Macklemore no longer adheres to an organized religion, but his justice-infused music and spiritual side linger as partial remnants of his Catholic upbringing. In his harsh critique of injustices, Macklemore is bringing together the worlds of church, pop culture, and independent music as he calls each institution to live justly.
Macklemore’s fans pick up on his religious and spiritual messages. One student at Augustana College in North Dakota writes about a Macklemore concert as an experience of “church.
He has even gained positive reviews from conservative opponents who value his nuanced approach. One blogger at Patheos calls Macklemore’s music “brave,” writing:
“…Macklemore tackles the issues with a degree of subtlety and nuance that we as Christians could learn a lot from. He understands the line between criticizing the Church and recognizing who the true God is. He understands the different between politics and people. He also gets that as important as laws and governance are, true change can only come from the individual…
“Because to Macklemore, it’s not only about a law. It’s about an attitude. It’s not about determining whether or not homosexuality is a sin–it’s the posture of our hearts toward our neighbors.”
Macklemore’s music is a reminder that cultural shifts entail much more than episcopal pronouncements and demonstrations. The success of the Catholic-tinged “Same Love,” even among conservative young adults, reveals that LGBT equality is as much a generational waiting game as a prescient legal and ecclesial struggle.
–Bob Shine, New Ways Ministry

Saturday, May 11, 2013

OK to cry?

G'day Dr. JKO,
Here's one for you from the Beeb.

Is it ever right for a therapist to cry?


Gary, my immediate reaction is "Of course! Why wouldn't it be?!  When a patient is sharing deep pain and sorrow with me I think it would be only normal for some tears to quietly come.?"  I don't mean "falling apart and weeping uncontrollably".   

Friday, May 10, 2013

That Special Touch

Posted: 10 May 2013 05:25 AM PDT
GAYTWOGETHER-100808-3wDeveloping skill with touch is an important part of having successful relationships. Touch is critical to human beings.The love and support communicated through touch affirms our connection to others and has even been shown to contribute to the health of our immune systems. Many studies have shown that when infants are neglected and not held, they fail to thrive. Something similar seems true for us adults.

Too many men have limited skill when it comes to touch. Their experience with the way men make contact is limited -- a slap on the back from Dad, wrestling with friends growing up, the touch of a boyfriend during sex. For others, touch has too often been abusive -- being smacked around by schoolmates or parents, or uninvited and unwanted sexual touch.

Maybe you’ve found yourself in a bar talking with a friend, only to find someone rubbing up against you. This can be fun and a turn-on or annoying and intrusive, depending on your frame of mind and how you feel about the person initiating the physical contact.

Unfortunately, some men have the opinion that if you’re a gay man and I’m a gay man, then I automatically have the right to touch or grope you if I want to. And even more unfortunately, others of us have never learned that we have the right to say “no” to unwelcome touch.

Have you ever gone to a movie with a date and found him stroking your arm over and over and over again in exactly the same way -- almost as if he was a robot? You suspected that he meant to be affectionate, but pretty soon you were ready to run screaming from your seat! Touch that doesn’t have presence and attention behind it can create the same sensation as fingernails raking down a black board
Physical contact that works and is welcome can have just the opposite effect -- calming us, drawing us closer to the person with whom we are sharing touch.

To increase the quality of your touch, think of your hands as an extension of your heart. Instead of casually brushing your hand over someone, bring focus to your touching; you are touching them with your heart. Imagine that this is the only person in the world who exists right now. He has your undivided attention while you are in contact with him. Take your time.

Not all touch is sexual. If touch equals sex for you, you may need to slow down and explore a bit.Friendly, inviting contact between people can be reassuring, comforting and enjoyable in its own right and need not be an invitation to sex. Some people are uncomfortable with touch when they assume that the person initiating contact has an unspoken erotic agenda.

Touch which is repetitive or constant becomes boring and easy to ignore. Vary the intensity and pressure of your touch. This is true whether you are touching a friend to make a point during conversation or whether you are caressing your partner to bring him to orgasm. Touch can be with finger tips or the whole palm. It can be quick and invigorating -- think of a back rub -- or slow and soft.

Learning new ways to make physical contact increases our “touch vocabulary,” and helps us communicate with others.

John R. Ballew, M.S. an author and contributor to GAYTWOGETHER, is a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Atlanta. He specializes in issues related to coming out, sexuality, relationships and spirituality. If you have any questions or comments you can submit them directly to GAYTWOGETHER or John R. Ballew, M.S.


Monday, May 6, 2013

The Very Thought Of Him - GAYTWOGETHER.COM - click to enlarge
Posted: 06 May 2013 05:25 AM PDT
ASI27f5b047c119392c05c6649cb3f031c31_full_resizeYou know how it is. You and your guy have been together for a long time now, way past “the honeymoon period” characteristic of the early stages of a relationship.You know each other inside and out and have worked hard to build a satisfying and comfortable lifestyle together as a committed couple. You’ve become settled into a familiar structure and routine in your lives.

Life is great! And it is! The love, companionship, and security that a partnership offers can be like no other and is one of the benefits of being in an intimate relationship. But beware…these same benefits can also put your partnership into jeopardy with subsequent boredom, feelings of being taken for granted, and eroticism decline in your relationship if you fail to consistently attend to the needs of your partner, yourself, and your relationship.

What follows are five simple tasks you can implement immediately to give your relationship that extra boost and to reinforce the importance and value you place on your partner and life together.

Don’t let your relationship get lost in the shuffle of all the other things going on around you! While this may seem like common sense, it’s amazing how complacent we can become and fall into unhealthy patterns of distraction that take energy away from the very center and haven of your life…your bond with your life partner.
 Action Steps for Successful Gay Couples
1. Greet Him with a Hollywood-Style Kiss
ASI104887_resizeSo many couples that come through my therapy and coaching offices complain that their partners barely acknowledge them when they’re getting ready to leave in the morning or when they arrive back home after a long day’s work. Or worse yet, they only give them a “Grandma Kiss”, you know, the quick peck on the lips and then you’re out the door? Talk about feeling dismissed and minimized!

Make every greeting and departure from each other like it’s your last. Like those old Hollywood movies, give him a passionate kiss that leaves him reeling before leaving for the office. It doesn’t have to be melodramatic, but the point is to let your partner know how much he means to you and what better way to leave a lasting impression than to acknowledge the special place he holds in your life.

 2. Date Him All Over Again
One effective way of ensuring that other roles and obligations don’t get in the way of maintaining your romance in the long-term is to schedule a “Date Night” once weekly…or at a minimum every other week. One week you take the reins and plan a creative date that the two of you can to do together and then the next week your partner does the same. Alternating the planning puts both of you in the mindset of nourishing your relationship instead of just one person feeling burdened with doing everything.

And remember, it’s not what you do together…it’s the fact that you’re spending quality time together that matters. “Court” each other all over again and avoid getting hung up on the specific activities you pursue. It’s about being together and having fun.

3. Unleash Your Inner Studs
The old saying is true that “if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.” Make sex and intimacy an integral part of your relationship to help keep the spark alive.
GAYTWOGETHER 011408pgtNever let things get to the point where “not tonight, honey” even gets started and also avoid getting into boring rituals and routines when it comes to your bedroom antics.

4. Keep Him on His Toes & Begging For More
Nothing warms a partner’s heart and puts a big smile on his face than validating him through communication and physical actions. Acknowledge him when he does something positive. Share what you appreciate and are grateful for about him. Listen to him when he talks and show genuine interest in what’s going on in his life.

Do little things for him that you know he’d really appreciate without being asked. Surprise him with a meaningful and relevant gift that speaks to him. Making your partner feel good about himself and affirming how important he is to you will often create a reciprocal effect and you’ll both reap the rewards of such actions with a strengthened bond.

 5. Keep the Dream Alive
103107pgtAnother critical thing that can help to ensure that you stay in control of your lives as a couple is to periodically check-in with each other to make sure you’re on the right path of your relationship vision. What’s been going well? What challenges have you been facing? Are you on the path toward your previously discussed relationship goals? How can you troubleshoot obstacles that arise?

By having these occasional talks, the likelihood of your becoming more relationship-centered is promoted and you can stave off potential problems before they latch on. You, your partner, and your relationship will always be growing and changing and it’s important to stay on top of all these transitions so you can go through them together as a team.


You’ve made a huge investment in your relationship and it’s important to protect it against anything that might interfere with its priority in your life. By doing these simple tasks (well, sometimes they’re not all that simple!), you’ll be bringing more positive energy and attention to your partnership that will help sustain your “dynamic duo” status.
But let’s face it…these are just a small handful of things that can promote a successful and fulfilling gay relationship. So how about it? What other things work for you and your partner? Do share!

© Dr. Brian Rzepczynski, The Gay Love Coach
The suggestions and feedback offered in this column are but one perspective of multiple approaches to dealing with problems or challenges. Information provided in articles and advice columns should not be used as a substitute for coaching or therapy when these services are needed. None of this information should be your only source when making important life decisions. This information should not be used for diagnosing or treating a particular problem, nor should it take the place of a consultation with a trained professional. It is your responsibility to consult a professional prior to making any life decisions.
Dr. Brian Rzepczynski, contributing author to GAYTWOGETHER, is one of the leading love coaches for the gay community. As a licensed dating and relationship coach, Dr. Brian Rzepczynski, DHS, MSW has over 18 years experience as a psychotherapist and life coach specializing in helping GLBT individuals and couples develop and maintain successful and fulfilling intimate relationships. He holds a doctorate degree in human sexuality from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality and a master’s degree in clinical social work from Western Michigan University. He also runs a successful private therapy practice, Personal Victory Counseling, Inc.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

G'day JustinO,
After reading J's and your comments about the lack of affection and caring in relationships, I read this story on the BBC. I found it incredibly moving as well as inspirational.
Didar Hossain was working in a garment factory opposite the Rana Plaza on the outskirts of Bangladesh's capital Dhaka when it collapsed last week, killing hundreds of people. Despite the risks, Mr Hossain went into the ruined building repeatedly, freeing those trapped. He told his story to the BBC World Service.

Thanks, Gary.  Moving indeed. . . 

Friday, May 3, 2013


Father James Martin on Jason Collins: Loving means accepting a person as God created him By Eric W. Dolan Father James Martin praised NBA player Jason Collins in glowing terms on Wednesday for becoming the first active professional athlete to come out as gay. His comments provided a sharp contrast to the chorus of Christians who have publicly denounced, downplayed, or dismissed Collins’ sexuality. “There are many times that Catholics are called to support their gay brothers and sisters wholeheartedly,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “This is one of them. All of us are created by God, and all of us have an undeniable and unassailable human dignity. And part of that dignity is accepting that you are a beloved creation of God.” Martin noted that “coming out” was often a difficult process that was rife with psychological distress and interpersonal conflict. But he said accepting one’s sexual identity was necessary for “spiritual wholeness.” “The public honesty of people like Mr. Collins may be especially important to gay and lesbian young people, who sometimes experience a deep sadness and crushing isolation around their identity,” he continued. “As most of us know, they are far more likely to consider suicide, thanks to the often overwhelming social pressures that they face.” Martin’s post created a flood of feedback, which was both positive and negative. Several commenters took issue with his claim that loving “means first accepting a person, in all their complexity, as God has created him or her,” as it implied that God created gay and lesbian individuals. “I believe that God creates people like this. Surely no one would choose as an adolescent to be the target of contempt,” he told one such critic. The Jesuit father even addressed football player Tim Tebow, who was very open about his Christian faith. “Tim Tebow to say ‘I’m Christian’ was a lot less dangerous than for Mr. Collins to say ‘I’m gay,’” Martin remarked. He later added, “No danger in saying you’re gay? You’re kidding right? Tell that to a young gay boy or a young lesbian. They are bullied and intimidated and are sometimes driven to suicide.” – – [Image via Facebook] This article, Father James Martin on Jason Collins: Loving means accepting a person as God created him, is syndicated from Raw Story and is posted here with permission.


note:  While replying to J's comments this afternoon. . . .his and mine are copied below to help better follow my drift. . . I am going to try to describe a seeminly growing phenomenon is relationships - heterosexual and homosexual.  I continue below.
c=========================================copied from blog.

Anonymous J said...
That's a laudable goal--serving humanity--in a world obsessed with serving itself. Hard times have institutionalized selfishness in this country. We're like rats in a giant bell jar vacuum. As the air is sucked out we scurry around eating each other up trying to avoid our inevitable explosion.
May 3, 2013 at 3:40 PM
Blogger JustinO'Shea said...
When I read the description of our society, the egomaniacal drives, aims, goals too often seen thru the vaneers. . .especially in my field of human relationships I wonder how this all happened and what can be done about it.

I have an intelligence and and intuitive ability which helps see thru this in counselling. . .I call it a gift given to give away. . I see my work as being a presence in their pain often pointing to something better, more healthy. . I have worked and studied and hopefully learned some tools to assist, to teach others what might be called basic survival skills. . . .I am going to continue this, J, in a blogpost since there is an area i want to bring up and ask about. Thanks for the 'spark'. . ;-)
May 3, 2013 at 4:04 PM
This is what some of us are beginning to see in therapy sessions: sometimes a person comes and describes this at the beginning; others can only talk about this after some time in therapy.
Our seniors in the profession tell us a few years ago this was rarely a subject present or raised.  It would seem that a sufficiently large number of patients are beginning to report serious difficulties in sexual activity:  they do not want or desire, they are not drawn to sexual intimacy.
Some one of a couple report there is a repulsion for sexual intimacy, while still loving their partner very much, they seem to have 'lost' a desire for touch,for cuddling, affectionate interaction, intercourse. . .and even though they continue to love the partner there is a growing stress and problem in the relationship.
One couple I have been working with. . .rather the husband in this couple tells me they have been married over 27 years.  They have a 25 year old son.  There has been no intimacy between husband and wife since their son was conceived. . . none.  When he tries to kiss here on "the high holidays" she just pulls away. . . for some reason affection and sex have become repulsive to her.  There has been no outside trauma or sexual affair, no overt reason for this behaviour.
There are a lot of people suffering from sexual frustration. . .more people than the ones we ordinarily would think this of.  There is sex. . . it's not a lackanookie going on.  .it is a lack of intimacy.
There is a lot of sexual activity going on among young people. . in person, 'phone sex', cam to cam playing and acting out, etc. .Look at the amount of offers we receive via emails, porn sites, etc .but in most of these situations there is no personal involvement between those involved, and no intimacy.  "Sex without strings". Sex and intimacy are not partners, necessarily.  Look how easy it is to hook up for 'casual sex'. . . 'no one gets hurt'. . .."each get their rocks off and move on".
If our most intimate need to love and be loved, to be able to express and receive this love is disappearing, or lessening, would it flow over into our work, and other professional relationships
Some of us are doing research, gathering data, questioning and discussing.  If any of you have any comments, info, ideas,. . .. oh we all have ideas. .LOLOLOL. . . please share them, either here or in an anonymous email to me.  Your identity will be studiously protected.
So this is one of the areas where I am hoping to be of service to others, exploring the human heart, heart-healing ;-).
                                                             justin o'shea

Thursday, May 2, 2013

   The Dunes

Last Friday was the day I have been preparing for. . .it was the day assigned to me to present my doctoral dissertation before the appointed Board of Examiners, in this case four professors from the Department of Psychology and a doctor from the College of Medicine, and anyone else who was interested to come.

It is also referred to as "defending one's thesis" although there was no one 'attacking'. . In fact the cordial conversation
after my presentation was a very pleasant discussion "among one's peers" about the positions I had presented about the strong and yet subtle role of environmental influence in the formation of one's self-esteem and its place in personality formation and life choices.

Well, I was 'accepted' and passed and, in early June, a the 
graduations of the various Colleges of the University I shall be awared a Doctorate in Psychology summa cum laude.

After the customary formalities there were refreshments served in The Calefactory down the Hall . . . a mitigated form of high tea without the customary cucumber sandwiches. . Underpersons. . .lol. . are in prep for final exams.  My own classes and the two sections I teach ended earlier last week.  I'd love to be Home on The Dunes breathing in the invigorating salt air and listening to the undulant waves of the ocean on the "outerbanks".  I shall be heading home for the weekend to do just that. . . .  My parents and Mme Bouvier are beaming at the hoped for (and
expected) news and I am very happy to share this with you.

Justin K. O'Shea, D. Psych