What to Do When the Poison That is Racism Enters Your Home

Several years ago, I read an essay about the ways that we respond to violence. We typically will have one reaction if we are assaulted by someone we don’t know or have never seen. We respond differently when it is someone we know intimately. Our most significant relationships either foster courage or wither away by… Read More »

Burn the Manual Presents: The Power and Cost of Visibility

When people want to punish those they love nothing works better than rendering them invisible. Nathaniel Branden in his brilliant work on self esteem and its effects on relationships often highlights the need for psychological visibility. With this powerful ingredient, the ways that persons interact are filled with opportunities for growth and unlimited emotional intimacy.… Read More »

Shame, Shame ,Shame Everybody Knows Your Name

Many of my young charges struggle with some form of learning. While one may be brilliant and unstoppable with math and its application, the same person might have severe challenges with remembering to add punctuation at a sentence’s end. While another creates incredible artwork, there lies difficulties in manipulating numbers to construct a coherent plan… Read More »

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We, at Burn the Manual, commit to taking action and out thinking systems that keep us broke, stupid, needy and victimized. Within our new governmental change, we are now either extremely fucked or on the verge of greatness. The Donald pimped and punked us all. Now what are we gonna do about it? My thinking… Read More »

Don’t Read This Unless You Plan on Living to Be 1,000

Almost ten years ago, I made a personal vow to myself. My vow was all about committing to a life of artistic merit. My decision was to give myself fifty years to “make it” in the arts. While my idea of having made it has changed considerably over the years, my desire to constantly create… 2065829049

What Nobody Tells You About Aging: My Response to the Leisure Seeker

Sometimes, you get a visual of something and it won’t let you be. Two weeks ago, I watched a wonderful film, The Leisure Seeker that deals with long term commitment, memory loss and growing older. There are so many things that no one bothers to mention regarding the aging process. Hearing loss, vision battles and… 819-978-0510

How My Steamy 45 Second Affair with Hugh Jackman Saved My Marriage

Admit it. Whenever you see Wolverine in all his muscled glory you go weak in the knees. Ya’ll remember that time when the adamantium transfer was complete and he leapt up from that tub buck naked and you lost your ever-loving mind. Don’t pretend you didn’t swoon when he woke up in 1974 rocking them… Read More »