Author Archives: Justin Locke

An Introduction to Dealing with Crazy People in Power

I have a dear friend who grew up in a house with a raging alcoholic mother. While the normal response to such information is shock, pity, and empathy, you should understand that to her, the insanity was just another day … Continue reading

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The USPS and the Waning American Empire

Like many Americans I have been much disturbed by various assaults on Constitutional rights of late, but the Postal Service issue has struck me particularly hard. What consistently gets lost in political debates is the broader notion of nationhood, which … Continue reading

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Creating the Monster

So, the provenance of this post:  a few weeks ago Bill Maher posted a video on his facebook page where he pretended to give Donald Trump’s Eulogy.  I am not sure how the chain of creativity occurred, but I posted … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Buy a Bidet

Many years ago I visited the city of Paris.  Besides the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, one of the most interesting things I found there was the bidet in my hotel room.  Here was a thing that essentially removed any … Continue reading

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Covid-19 and Unintended Side Effects

Like everyone else I am coping with the shock and uncertainty brought about by the governmental response to the Covid-19 Pandemic.  I of course applaud efforts to slow and contain the virus, but I am starting to wonder if we … Continue reading

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Latest Podcast Guest Appearance

Hello all, So I got invited onto a podcast done my a drummer turned financial advisor, a guy named Thomas DeSchutter, out of Vancouver . . .   I have to say the guy did a great job.  He really has … Continue reading

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Patty Duke Water Pump Moments

Okay, for those of you who have never seen the movie “The Miracle Worker,” it is a classic, with Patty Duke portraying a young Helen Keller. Helen Keller was blind and deaf from age 2 and her family had learned … Continue reading

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The Grapes of Shame

In the aftermath of World War II, several eminent psychologists of the day, including Erich Fromm and Alice Miller, wrote books that all asked the question, “Why?”  They wanted to find the core psychological forces that had taken Germany, the … Continue reading

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Welcome to My Blog

After spending many years playing bass in the Boston Pops Orchestra, and even playing in the Boston Symphony here and there, there was this nagging question that would not go away: Why were a few rare conductors so much better … Continue reading

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Blame Stasis

I am always intrigued by predictable patterns of human behavior that are not catalogued elsewhere, and I have a new one to share: I call it “Blame Stasis.” Simply stated, when a problem comes up, one of the ways we … Continue reading

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