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Free Copies of Leona Tockey's Memoir

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Dear Friends:Leona Tockey, a dear friend who died last summer close to her 90th birthday, was a remarkable woman. She had a successful career as a psychotherapist specializing in sexual abuse issues,…Continue

The two Greta Myths of the Twentieth Century

Started this discussion. Last reply by Aleksandar Malecic Apr 26, 2014. 1 Reply

Where were you (or your parents) on October 12th, 1944? If you were a teenage girl in the New York City area, you might have been in or outside the Paramount Theater, where some thirty to thirty-five…Continue

 

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Barry’s Blog # 299: Grief and Remembrance in Greece

What shall I send you, dear one,There in the underworld?If I send you an apple, it will rot,If a quince, it will shrivel;If I send grapes, they will fall away,If a rose, it will droop.So let me send my tears,Bound in my handkerchief.– Greek folk songIn previous essays I’ve written at length about the importance of rituals of grief in the tribal imagination, where the souls of the…See More
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Day of the Dead Grief Ritual at Hillside Church, El Cerrito, CA

November 2, 2019 all day
Barry and Maya SpectorWith Bruce Silverman and Marcia RayeneInvite you to our 21st annualDay of the Dead Grief Ritual Saturday, November 2nd, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PMHillside Church, El Cerrito, CAWhether or not we have recently lost loved ones, we all carry a heavy load of grief and stress simply by living in these times. If we can’t find ways to drop some of this emotional burden, we can become hopeless, bitter or numb. Letting it go makes room for a new kind of imagination to enter. But this…See More
Sep 25
Barry Spector commented on Barry Spector's blog post Barry's Blogs # 49, 291: Zero Dark Thirty is a CIA Recruitment Film, Parts One and Two
"Thanks, David"
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David Parker commented on Barry Spector's blog post Barry's Blogs # 288-90: Why Are Americans So Freaking Crazy? Parts 7-9 of 9
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. – Jiddu Krishnamurti Was thinking that just the other day, but couldn't remember who said it.  Never was much good with names, getting older…"
Sep 2
David Parker commented on Barry Spector's blog post Barry's Blogs # 49, 291: Zero Dark Thirty is a CIA Recruitment Film, Parts One and Two
"Oh brother, my Brother, I love what you're doing! Bit new here, have only taken the Intro to Depth Psych (with James Newell - far and away my favorite class ever, tho I'm 6 credits shy of a MS in mainstream "psych"). (Which ed,…"
Sep 2
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Barry's Blogs # 49, 291: Zero Dark Thirty is a CIA Recruitment Film, Parts One and Two

Part One…doing terrible things in an organized and systematic way rests on ‘normalization.’ This is the process whereby ugly, degrading, murderous, and unspeakable acts become routine and are accepted as “the way things are done.” – Edward S. HermanDo theaters tailor their previews of upcoming films to certain audiences? Prior to viewing Zero Dark Thirty in liberal Berkeley, I had to endure six such previews, every one of them an action thriller; a full twenty minutes of explosions, gun fire,…See More
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Barry’s Blog # 279-281: Who is an American? A Timeline

Part OneJuly 4th 2019: A Salvadoran father and his young daughter drowned in the Rio Grande River. Families separated. Concentration camps. Children subjected to inhuman conditions amounting to torture while their parents are deported. Mothers told to drink from toilets. Border Patrol agents posting racist and misogynist cartoons on Facebook. Every day now we hear heartbreaking news from the borderlands. How, we wonder, can our government treat people with such gratuitous cruelty, has it ever…See More
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Barry's Blogs # 276-278: What Will the New Myths Be?

Part OneProblems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them. –  Albert EinsteinWhat is now proved was once imagined.  – William BlakeThe situation is so dire that we can’t afford the luxury of realism. – Caroline CaseyMy book Madness at the Gates of the City: The Myth of American Innocence first appeared in 2010. Since then I’ve taught several college-level courses, and I’ve done dozens of book talks and radio interviews. The two most common questions that people ask me –…See More
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Rumi’s Caravan Returns to Oakland at Unitarian Church

July 13, 2019 from 7pm to 10pm
July 13th:Rumi’s Caravan Returns to OaklandUnitarian Church, 685 14th Street, 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:00)  Recitation of World Poetrywith Doug Von Koss, Barry and Maya Spector, Larry Robinson, Kay Crista and others,Musicians: Christine Tulis and Cindy AlbersSufi dancer: Chelsea Rose TICKETS: $15.00/Advance, $30.00 at the doorhttps://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4060914A Poetic Conversation: For twenty years Rumi’s Caravan has…See More
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Barry’s Blog # 270-273: The Myth of the Good War

Part OneI have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars. – Franklin D. Roosevelt, 10/30/1940In spite of the risk involved, however, in letting the Japanese fire the first shot, we realized that in order to have the full support of the American people it was desirable to make sure that the Japanese were the ones to do this so that there should remain no doubt in anyone’s mind as to who were the aggressors. – Henry…See More
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Memorial Day Weekend Redwood Men's Conference at Mendocino Woodlands Camp

May 24, 2019 at 6pm to May 27, 2019 at 12pm
The 29th Annual Redwood Men’s Conference:The Next Step —Finding Wholeness in a Broken World

May 24-27, Memorial Day Weekend, Mendocino Woodlands CampThese days we hear the word “broken” everywhere – broken hearts, broken promises, broken treaties, broken vows and broken rules. We know what it means to be breaking up, breaking down or breaking out. We lament that the…See More
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Barry’s Blog # 151: The Sixth Gate of Grief

The Sixth Gate of GriefDay of the Dead in Oaxaca, MexicoFrancis Weller has given us all a great gift with the publication of his book The Wild Edge of Sorrow, in which he distills the insights gained in twenty years of leading grief rituals. It has been described as a “…lyrical yet practical handbook for mastering the art…See More
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I am an author, utilizing archetypal psychology to understand American myth, history and culture. My book is: "Madness at the Gates of the City: The Myth of American Innocence" (Regent Press 2010).
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Barry’s Blog # 299: Grief and Remembrance in Greece

Posted on November 5, 2019 at 6:15pm 0 Comments

What shall I send you, dear one,

There in the underworld?

If I send you an apple, it will rot,

If a quince, it will shrivel;

If I send grapes, they will fall away,

If a rose, it will droop.

So let me send my tears,

Bound in…

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Barry's Blogs # 288-90: Why Are Americans So Freaking Crazy? Parts 7-9 of 9

Posted on August 28, 2019 at 3:31pm 1 Comment

Part Seven

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

 …divide us those in darkness from the ones who walk in light… – Kurt Weill

The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less. – Eldridge Cleaver

Denial and fear; fear and denial, all electronically mediated. Do you remember the anthrax scare of 2001 – how it targeted only…

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Barry's Blogs # 285-7: Why Are Americans So Freaking Crazy? Parts 4-6 of 9

Posted on August 28, 2019 at 3:22pm 0 Comments

Part Four

Every person you meet should be regarded as one of the walking wounded. We have never seen a man or woman not slightly deranged by either anxiety or grief. We have never seen a totally sane human being.  Robert Anton Wilson

Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq (1996): We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in…

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Barry's Blogs # 282-4: Why Are Americans So Freaking Crazy? Parts 1-3 of 9

Posted on August 28, 2019 at 3:06pm 0 Comments

Part One

Cut loose from the earth’s soul, they insisted on purchase of its soil, and like all orphans they were insatiable. It was their destiny to chew up the world and spit out a horribleness that would destroy all primary peoples. – Toni Morrison

I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons,

knocking on a door. It opens. I’ve been knocking from the inside. – Rumi

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At 8:17pm on August 21, 2012, Mark Winborn said…

Hi Barry -

Will do.  And send yours to

5050 Poplar Ave., Suite 1633

Memphis, TN  38157

 

At 2:53pm on August 6, 2011, Bonnie Bright said…

Hi Barry. I'd like to add my welcome to Ed's and thank you for sending the links and articles for your work by email. You've done some wonderful things in your career and it's great you've found the Alliance. My main goal in founding this community is to help get depth psych out into the world and you have a both a wealth of information to share and willingness to share it. I am truly glad to meet anyone so in tune with a calling!

I hope you'll find this a place to deeply connect with likeminded others and that you will actively engage whenever you can find the time. I find it truly wonderful to be involved in this dynamic and growing community--especially since it allows us to connect from all over the globe in a way we otherwise could not.

I'll get those links up in the next couple of days. In the meantime, it looks like you're already off and running, but I'll  send you some tips on navigating the site in a separate email in case its of help. Enjoy the site, and I look forward to seeing you around. ~Bonnie Bright, Founder

At 6:32am on August 4, 2011, Ed Koffenberger said…

Welcome Barry,

Glad you have found the Alliance and have decided to join. Your new book sounds intriguing and it will be on my shelf soon. These is an author's group where this information about your book can be posted as well. As an American, I lost my innocence about the nation during the Vietnam War era. Still lament its passing from time to time.

Ed

 
 
 


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