Betsy Robinson, author of funny literary stories about flawed people, is a perpetual seeker of truth.

From books to music to theater and fine art, from online TV to DVDs, this blog takes a look at current culture through a spiritual perspective — with a touch of humor.

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Life is only temporary says Evan Handler (Jan. 28 blog)

The New World of Finance (Jan. 28 blog)

All about growing up in a cult (April 16 blog)

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Notes from a Crusty Seeker

A New Way to Discuss Health-Care Reform

August 27, 2009

Tags: compassionate wisdom, healing, fun

“Body movements affect emotional processes. For example, adopting the facial expressions of specific emotions (even via unobtrusive manipulations) affects emotional judgments and memories,” says a study in the August 25th volume of Psychological Science. So here is me, writing this blog:
(picture of a funny looking smiling girl, which keeps disappearing)

The study goes on to say that lying down makes you react less angrily to antagonizing stimuli. So here’s how I think it would be best for you to read this blog:
(picture of a guy lying on a cloud -- which seems to disappear. Go figure...)

Now let’s talk about health care.

Really, that’s all I wanted to say.

I think the whole country should lie down for this discussion. Just imagine it: Town hall meetings would be so mellow that nobody would be able to stand up for questions. The guy at the podium would make a point, somebody in the audience would say, “Right on,” or “No way,” then everybody would roll over and snuggle. The Senate and the Congress could have slumber party chats. And maybe everybody would finally realize we want the same thing — for everyone to have access to good health care.

And while we’re all snuggling, maybe we could decide on a standardized spelling: health care, healthcare, or health-care?

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Big Moose Prize-winning novel
a funny, sometimes sad, story of negotiating life without a clue

New on Kindle--a funny book for foodies who are committed to self-change through self-awareness
an epistolary memoir ... sort of
A funny and moving little book for anyone who's had a mother or struggled with being human.
anthology of stories and plays
includes Darleen Dances and stories below

1-act play

short story
the problem with worrying about the future

true story
Why I don't believe in death.

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