Culture

The Addicted American

Over-prescribed, over-medicated and addicted. That’s the sobering report from RT.com, and it’s not about Generation X or Y (though they share in the addiction) it’s about older Americans. Number of US seniors on multiple psychotropic drugs doubles over decade The… Read More ›

Take Five…or Maybe Ten

It’s been a while since we heard from Overseas reporter for Dispatches from the Asylum, Ms. Ukusi Menya, former counter espionage agent with TASS News Agency/Moscow, runner-up in Ms. Moscow Pageant, and part-time director of Moscow’s Film Association of Parcel… Read More ›

Eliminating Brain Gunk

Beset by mindless distractions in the modern era is just part of living in it.  Cell phones, texting, social media, TV, movies, music – we’re surrounded by it. Social beings that most of us are, we want and need to… Read More ›

Respect, Class and Elegance

One of the living men we admire most here at the Asylum is Mr. Wynton Marsalis. Not discounting his brilliant and enjoyable music and performances, another reason for our admiration is that the man embodies and practices respect.  Respect for… Read More ›

A Thirst for Knowledge

When I saw the headline in a recent NY Times article: The Lost Footage of Marilyn Monroe I thought, fantastic…maybe some misplaced or forgotten footage of an interview with Ms Monroe was found. Alas, such was not the case.  Not… Read More ›

Autodidacts Needed

(Re-post from December 3rd – just because we think it’s important for folks to recognize and believe in their talents – and practice their art) Autodidacts: noun A person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher… Read More ›

The Effort for the Real

Growing up in the United States in the 60’s was in a word, enchanting. Looking around, observing what kids now and even from the 90’s and thereafter have been raised on, it’s the difference between night and day. You’ve seen… Read More ›