Hey everyone! I thank you all for your patience and understanding as I work to get my first vlog series, "The Honest Bachelor's Life," up and running. I had a bit of an issue rendering my second video, but I hope to have it all sorted out by this coming weekend. Tonight's "Lessons to Practice" … Continue reading Lessons to Practice #23: From Terror to Death: What Makes Horror Linger
Howdy everyone! How's life on your end of the internet? Hopefully you're staying cool in this sweltering summer heat and making some awesome memories! Emotions rule me from time to time. I own that aspect of myself, and I know that I swing from completely logical and in my head to raw and unfiltered pretty … Continue reading Lessons to Practice #20: Writing in the Company of Grief
Good evening! How's everyone out there in the WordPress world? I myself am feeling phenomenal and really enjoying life as of lately. If you'll entertain the thought, I feel like exploring our creative muses as writers tonight. What personal joys drive your writing endeavors? For me, it's the following: all kinds of music (and I … Continue reading Creative Musings and Inspirations
Hello and good evening! I hope you're having a good night and enjoying it in the loving company of either yourself or those closest to you. In mulling over what I said about my current readings last Saturday, I encountered some deep personal feelings about the pitch-black comedy of David Foster Wallace. I used words like "hilarious" … Continue reading Reading Update: The Pain Behind Dark Comedy
Hello fellow bloggers! I'm so happy to return to WordPress with a new title: Master R-M Calzada! This past Friday, I had the emotional honor of walking the stage with the most dedicated and brilliant minds at our university. After three and a half years of tears, sweat, smiles, blood, and many obstacles, I made it … Continue reading This Blogger Has Graduated!
This circle of mine is drawing to a close. It's a little stunning to think that almost three years ago to this day, I was sitting in my very first graduate-level course at the University of North Texas, ready to absorb all that my professors had to offer regarding basic counseling skills and theories. A neophyte. That's what … Continue reading Last Semester of Grad School
In my hiatus over the past two months, I've made some incredible discoveries in my master's program - and also careened into some of the most difficult obstacles. Detached supervisors. A high volume of faculty turnover. Recurrent and complex grief. But one book in particular has helped raised me out of my nadir, and that is When … Continue reading Marching in Formation: When Rabbit Howls
A man with bipolar disorder, an adoptee/food junkie, and a prostitute with fantasies of finding liberation for her daughter through murder. All well versed in the art of scrutiny.
Charles R. Ullman & Associates Scholarship Essay Contest: Marital Domestic Violence Talking the Beast Into Peace: Answers for Couples Facing Marital Abuse Marital domestic violence is a crisis with many facets and sometimes unshakable repercussions, refusing to discriminate against children, the elderly, or those with mental disabilities. Yet among all the research articles and … Continue reading Talking the Beast Into Peace: Answers for Couples Facing Marital Abuse