About Thor’s Thoughts

I studied Catholic Theology as an undergrad, thinking this would answer all my questions (and explain my upbringing by a dad who joked about what he’d do if he were Pope!) At midlife, I write in search of understanding rather than answers.  I’d rather live in the Mystery than deconstruct it.  But I want a foundational, orienting touchstone to return to again and again lest I stray into the inflations of too much spirit or the despair of too much ego, defense mechanisms and brain science. Spiritual health and well-being form that touchstone.  TT addresses current social issues from that base. Continue reading

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Christmas, Alone

By happenstance, I’m alone today and tomorrow, Christmas Eve and Day. Last time this happened was half my lifetime ago, when I was just 24 and enduring a rough patch. That holiday was spent in unwelcome solitude, in a Minnesota winter with its usual awful cold. But it was not, in the end, an awful time. Continue reading

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Protecting the Harvest: Marriage and Neil Young’s Divorce

So Neil and Pegi Young are divorced after 36 years, and he and Daryl Hannah are a couple. I only just heard, being no fan of People and Yahoo schlock. The news knocked down one more of my pedestal erected to Marriages That Last. Since I was 15, when I fantasized of marrying him to be his Cinnamon Girl/Maid and all-around muse, I took songs like “Harvest Moon” deeply to heart. Today I heard someone joke that perhaps we ought to nix that one and look for something like “A Man Needs A (Mer)Maid.” Continue reading

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The Bully is No Match for the God-Given Dignity Within You

Bullies fear those who show the tenderness that also lives in the bully, but in secret. The vulnerable, sensitive child scares the bully and makes him or her uncomfortable, because being around that child reminds the bully of what he hates within himself. He learned to hate any sign of tenderness, of need or hunger for dignity and love.  When the bully sees it in another person, she wants to banish that person to prevent being reminded.  This is the psychological defense mechanism of projection, and it is unconscious. Continue reading

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Gratitude is Still the Best Attitude

I find myself thinking about how easy it is to say “Thank you” since hearing Marcia Reece, author of The Marriage Mouse and owner of Impact, her marketing company for small to midsize companies and entrepreneurs. The other day at a workshop she gave at People House in Denver, she told her story of how Sam Walton of WalMart telephoned her to meet the (then) only business owner who’d ever personally thanked him for his business. Continue reading

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