WSV’s Charles Thomas writes, “Denial is considered an unhealthy defense mechanism while suppression is considered healthy. Sure, you could sit around all day and ponder the inevitability of death, but thanks to suppression, most of us are able to put that nasty little detail out of our minds and do the dishes, mow the lawn or write the column. But the denial of death, on the other hand, can lead to people making risky decisions or living what Plato called ‘an unexamined life.’ When it comes to defense mechanisms, it’s important to make the healthy choice.”
WSV’s Charles Thomas tells the story of Spencer Silver and Art Fry, who together invented Post-It Notes in the 1970s, as an example of the “amazing things (that) can happen when people collaborate.”
WSV’s Charles Thomas writes, “I know a lot of people my age often talk about how contemporary music isn’t as good as it was when they were younger, but that hasn’t been my impression. There’s still a lot of great music being made in 2021. What has struck me, though, as I compare the music of my youth to the music of today is the general lack of musicianship in today’s popular music. I’ve sampled dozens of popular songs in the last few weeks and I’ve been struck by the total and complete lack of songs featuring a guitar solo, or any instrumental solo for that matter.”
WSV columnist and licensed psychotherapist Charles Thomas writes, “Sometimes, in the midst of a crisis, a tiny dose of compassion, and a little help keeping things in perspective can be very powerful medicine.”
WSV Columnist Charles Thomas writes, “While it’s great to aim high, such lofty goals have a major downside. When our resolution is to lose 50 pounds, it’s hard to get very excited when we’ve lost five pounds. That’s just a drop in the bucket, a mere 10 percent of the goal! But when we start smaller and make our initial goal to lose five pounds, we can celebrate an actual victory as we plan how to take the next step.”
Watershed Voice Columnist Charles Thomas writes about his upbringing, and the greatest gift his father ever gave him.
In his latest column WSV’s Charles Thomas reviews The Trial of the Chicago 7. The film, written and directed by The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin, tells the true story of seven men federally charged with inciting violence during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
In the real world, recovery from addiction is often a lengthy and agonizing process, both for the addict and their loved ones. Recovery happens in fits and starts and repeated relapse is almost always part of the marathon road to sobriety. In fact, real world recovery looks less like that The Bold and the Beautiful storyline and more like the public trials being faced by St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough.
“The invisible hand of the market is the most powerful unseen cultural force in our lives. But it’s not the only one.”
“Nine years ago, my family and I said our final goodbyes to our home on East Street in Three Rivers and moved into the big world beyond the triple ripples. Well actually, we moved up to Portage, which I suppose isn’t really that big or that far away, but the move was the closing of one chapter of our lives and the beginning of another. We lived in TR for over 12 years, years that were undoubtedly some of the happiest of my life.”
“Welcome to the first clickbait listicle I’ve ever written. […] I wanted to write a piece that would be fun, interesting and might even introduce readers to new music they’d love. So without further ado, here’s my list of the 15 greatest albums of all time. As many a clickbait article has promised before, you will be shocked!”
“As our entertainment options have exploded, they have also become more fractionalized. Everyone can now have their own gated community of content, where you never have to be exposed to anything that you don’t like or that you disagree with.”
Charles Thomas offers a few ways to live your best life even while on lockdown.
“I’m not sure which one of us decided that we should see the Mona Lisa first, but as soon as we were inside the building and holding a map in our hands, we set out to find her.”
“Because there’s so much to enjoy on the Watershed Voice website, I’ve found myself returning to the site often. Recently, I listened to the inaugural “I can MARVEL all day” podcast with Shan & Hogey as I worked from home. During that podcast, the guys talk about their favorite Marvel characters and listening got me reminiscing about my favorite comic book character.”
“‘Murder Most Foul’ seems to suggest Bob Dylan turned to music to help him cope with the terrible events of November 1963. Could he be suggesting that in our current COVID-19 crisis, we too should turn to music to help us? By releasing this song in the middle of the pandemic, is Dylan adding one more musical resource?”
“In the time of coronavirus, there’s something refreshing about seeing people live their lives so shamelessly, even if it’s just on a television screen. Unlike in real life, no one in the Tiger King universe washes their hands each time they touch something. Heck, no one in the Tiger King universe bothers to wash their hands even after being attacked by a lion. I watched all seven episodes of the series, and I don’t think there was even a single reference to hand sanitizer.”
We live in a time where much of the media is fragmented and politicized. You’ll hear one version of the truth on Fox News and a very different version on MSNBC. In times like these, we need multiple media outlets more than ever if we are to be conscientious citizens and informed voters.