Building a Psychomanteum

A psychomanteum is, according to Wikipedia, a small, enclosed area set up with a comfortable chair, dim lighting, and a mirror angled so as not to reflect anything but darkness intended to communicate with spirits of the dead. The psychomanteum was popularized by Raymond Moody, originator of the term "near-death experience." Moody believed the psychomanteum was useful as a tool to resolve...

Tales of Adventure…in Real Estate Part 1

Back in the early summer of 2012, my husband and I were living together in a little, perfect apartment in West San Jose. We were not yet married; in fact, we hadn't been a couple for more than five or six months. He was finalizing a divorce and I was recovering from my own previous long-term relationship. I now know the truth behind the old chestnut, "You will just know when it's right." Peter...

Happy Manners

The movie theatre near my home has, consistent with recent trends, ripped out the old stadium chairs and replaced them with reserved seating in the form of luxury recliners with trays and generous drink holders. The theatre also provides dine-in services; pressing a call button summons a waiter to your seat. In the dark, servers scurry about delivering food and cocktail orders. Despite the...

Resurfacing

Time seems to be speeding up, contracting and expanding. So many changes have happened. It is impossible to keep up and it is easy to lose my balance in the onslaught. It feels like it was just weeks before - not almost three years ago - that I sat in front of election results with an old friend on the phone. We both sat in horror and fear. I was in a panic, but eventually, I learned to lean...