The death instinct: Some thoughts on suicide, violence and God – Medium

Is there something within us that drives us toward death? This theory was proposed by Sabina Spielman and made popular by Sigmund Freud. It's often interchangeably called the death drive or death instinct and it works in direct opposition to the life instinct or that which drives us to want to live.... Read this story … Continue reading The death instinct: Some thoughts on suicide, violence and God – Medium

From the coconut files: How coconuts trees came to Florida

Following up on my previous post, "Do coconuts grow in Florida?," I found this rather fabulous article about coconuts and how they were able to develop a home in South Florida (and other places, including Hawaii) despite not being indiginous... and omg how I love anything and everything that's coconutty!! The article is far from … Continue reading From the coconut files: How coconuts trees came to Florida

Reblog: A negative becomes a positive? Mental health and the emergency room

Improving emergency services for mental health patients is a must. There are so many horror stories of mental health patients being treated despicably when seeking emergency care. I have more than one of those stories myself, sad to say.

Florida foliage: Bromeliads, peculiar and kinda freaky

Check out this odd looking plant from the bromeliad family. It's native to South America. This species, bromelia balasae, is closely related and looks very similar to the pineapple plant. It doesn't seem to be a very common ornamental plant though in Central Florida, which is why it caught my eye one day during one … Continue reading Florida foliage: Bromeliads, peculiar and kinda freaky

Do coconuts grow in Florida?

Do coconuts grow in Florida? I had this question myself when I moved to Central Florida several years ago as I'm just nuts about coconuts. I looked around and saw plenty of palm trees but none seemed to be coconut palm trees.   The answer: Coconut palms generally do not grow in North and Central Florida, nor … Continue reading Do coconuts grow in Florida?