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Our celebrity obsessed culture promotes fame as something to be desired but is it really? Several of the children in my life have expressed the desire to have fame and fortune as their sole interest in what they want for their future. This seems short-sighted but with social media influencers, viral videos, and the lives of entertainers constantly shoved in their faces, who can blame them? With that in mind, I decided to watch the 2013 documentary, One Direction: This is Us, to get a glimpse of just how high the cost of fame can be.

The band was formed…


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The pandemic gave me time to watch all kinds of television shows and movies, even (or perhaps especially) the bad ones. One night I just wanted some eye candy, so I watched The Lucky One starring Zac Efron. It’s a movie based on a 2008 Nicholas Sparks novel in which a returning Marine looks up a woman whose picture seems to be a lucky charm for him while serving in Iraq.

As I suspected, the movie was just as bad as critics said it was. The plot was contrived and incorporated numerous romantic clichés, the chemistry between the leads was…


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Allen City Council: Racism was the name of the game at the most recent meeting. It started with a delightful man spending his 3 minutes of public speaking time using racist dog whistles to complain about the protest in Allen against the murder of Marvin Scott III. He trotted out oldies but goodies, like protesters being a “public nuisance” comprised of “outside agitators” and that “we” pay for these streets. Just who is this “we” he’s talking about? My business is in Allen, so I pay taxes there but he’s certainly not speaking for me! This upstanding citizen even suggested…


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Commissioners Court: Fiscal responsibility was on their minds this week as all of the commissioners besides Duncan Webb (who’s the least worst) believe they’re there to save taxpayer dollars instead of providing services. First up was the ERAP program (federal funds from the American Rescue Plan for apartment rental assistance). This program hasn’t been utilized much but they’re checking to make sure no double payments are occurring. Given the level of hardship in North Texas, it’s difficult to believe a lot of people aren’t in need of rental assistance but the commissioners don’t seem concerned. True public servants would worry…


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The Sheriff’s Department in Collin County, Texas is going through some things. The murder of Marvin D. Scott, III while in the care of law enforcement continues to showcase how truly problematic the sheriff’s department is. In mid-March, police officers from the city of Allen arrested Mr. Scott for possession of less than two ounces of marijuana (really?) and because he was murmuring to himself. Mr. Scott suffered from schizophrenia and, given what happened, I’ll let you figure out his race. Instead of providing Mr. Scott with the help he needed, Allen PD took him to the Collin County Detention…


Question: When we broke up, my ex-boyfriend insisted that he hated me and tried to cause trouble for me with my friends, family and coworkers. He immediately got into another relationship but now he seems to be following me. He’s been stalking my Facebook and Instagram accounts and has shown up to public places where I’m hanging out with friends. I have no feelings for him but I wondered if he still does for me. Is he following me because he feels guilty about how he treated me or is he simply trying to upset me?

Answer: As the classic…


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Pitch Perfect is one of those fun movies I watch whenever it’s on TV. While I wouldn’t recommend the two sequels, the original 2012 movie is definitely worth a watch. The movie revolves around Beca, a college freshman who joins the campus all-female a cappella group. When it first came out, I thought it seemed fluffy, so when my sister initially suggested seeing it, I imagined it would be entertaining but didn’t expect too much. That’s why I was completely taken aback by my whole-hearted enjoyment of it. …


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While he was still living, I’d visit with my 90-year-old great-uncle every week. He wasn’t fond of “gadding about” (as he put it), preferring instead to spend his time sitting in his chair or watching television. One of his favorite shows was Bonanza. Since his hearing loss made talking difficult, we’d often watch the show as a way of doing something together. It wasn’t a show I’d choose to watch on my own but, over the weeks, I started appreciating it more.

Bonanza is a western that ran for 14 seasons from 1959 to 1973. It centered on the Cartwright…


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I’m obsessed with podcasts. I love listening to them while I exercise (they’re a motivator) or drive long distances. And it all started with Serial. Serial is a weekly podcast (spun off from This American Life) and it tells one story — a true story — over the course of an entire season. Their debut season was a doozy! It covered the story of the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, an 18 year old girl living in Baltimore, and the subsequent conviction of her 17 year old ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for the crime. …


Part 3: Lessons from Hillary

Part 1: From Bad Ass to Punching Bag

Part 2: Candidate Hillary

The immediate aftermath of the 2016 election almost broke me. I was a mess watching Hillary’s concession speech. Not only was I upset over the outcome of the election but I was extremely distressed for her. How can she be so strong, I wondered (not for the first time). It seemed so unfair she had to console everyone else when she had to be dying inside. Watching it the second time via the docuseries wasn’t much better. Even though I now know what happened, it still hurts.

It…

Dr. Misty Hook

Psychologist and writer. More of my writing can be found at www.thepsychologicalhook.com.

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