Stuck in the Wrong Place: Prince George or Caitlyn Jenner?

How do you know when you’re in the wrong place?  You’re angry. You feel trapped, stuck, abandoned.  You feel wounded.  You are humiliated and made to feel small.  You feel cramped, crushed, checkmated, frustrated.  You have no room to grow. Everyone …

Prince George, Identity and Sense of Place

I’m staring at two-year-old Prince George on the cover of an old People magazine.  He looks pensive, solemn.   And why wouldn’t he?  He has a lot on his young shoulders—a new baby sister, the weight of a future crown, the …

Status Anxiety and Financial Insecurity: Ghosts in your Garden of Shame

  The house of my childhood was a modest home in a small town in Upper Michigan, on the corner of Financial Insecurity and Status Anxiety. My mother was not a happy woman.  I sensed that she had been happy …

How We Talk When We Talk About Sex

It was Wittgenstein who famously said, “Of that which we cannot speak, we must remain silent.”  Could he have been thinking of the way we talk about sex? In a recent book, Girls and Sex, by Peggy Orenstein (2016, 207), a …