From Cafe Racer to Santa Barbara: It’s not a mental health thing

The toll of mass murders rings with miserable persistence these days. It’s becoming dully familiar, an ongoing trauma that won’t pause long enough to let…

The double-edged sword of marijuana self-medication

On the night of Dec. 6, as hundreds of pot smokers were celebrating the passage of I-502 by lighting up en masse for the second…

The moral superiority of Seattle jaywalkers

Seattle is the only city I know where pedestrians routinely launch themselves into traffic without looking both ways, or even one way. Heads held high,…

The Amanda Knox obsession: all about us

It had all the dramatic ingredients of a must-see episode of Law & Order, with endless plot twists and delicious enigmas. It was not one…

Private health insurance? Press 1 to be denied. Otherwise, hang up.

When the envelope arrived in my office mail slot — I have a psychotherapy practice in Madison Valley — I felt a flutter of hope. But…

Political paranoia: Share it, and everything is easy

I liked being paranoid. My days were full of satisfyingly edgy certainties, and I slept well at night. I’m not talking about clinically diagnosable paranoia.…