Editorials

Opinion, editorials, and special articles.

Photo: Nicholas Pediaditakis, Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: “The Sugar Pill” Effect: The Harmless Pill That Is More Than Meets The Eye (9/15/2017) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD   All the doctors through the centuries have known it and they used it. We still do, but in a different way now. In the past we would give literally a [...]
Photo: Nicholas Pediaditakis, Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: We Are All Now Of the Same Household (8/24/2017) - Some Thoughts Regarding the Recent Tragic Events in Charlottesville, Virginia By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD On my way to the farm where I raise Black Angus cows as a hobby, I asked my frequent companion, grandson [...]
Photo: Nicholas Pediaditakis, Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: Different Times, Different Judgements, Different “Mental Disorders” (7/30/2017) - How society not only judges differently unusual behavior and uses treatments  at different times, it also facilitates the emergence of different “mental disorders” in stressed individuals By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD Society, at different times, depending [...]
Photo: Nicholas Pediaditakis, Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: The Persistence of Obsolete Beliefs (7/13/2017) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD The ancient Greeks, as usual, had a word for it, ου με πείσεις καν με πείσης — “You are not going to persuade me, even if you give me evidence to persuade [...]
Essay Contest in 1932 Included Amelia Earhart as a Judge (7/2/2017) - By Kay Whatley Today is the 80th anniversary of the date when aviator Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Frederick Noonan, disappeared on July 2, 1937. While I don’t share family stories much, I decided I would pass [...]
Photo: Nicholas Pediaditakis, Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: Some Thoughts about Our Death (6/30/2017) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD We erroneously have believed in the past that the knowledge of our inevitable death was an exclusive one for we humans. Now we do know that elephants for sure — and [...]
Photo: Nicholas Pediaditakis, Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: Death of Your Partner (6/22/2017) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD We humans are above all social beings. Our evolutionary success and survival depended on it and still does. A significant part of us prompts us to cooperate, exchange affection, display altruism, [...]
Photo: Nicholas Pediaditakis, Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: Into the Woods and Across the River (6/12/2017) - Editorial by Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD  We humans, only yesterday geological-time-wise, were roaming the Savannas and the forests, just about a hundred to two hundred thousand years ago. And we loved it! At night, as the darkness [...]
Photo: Nicholas Pediaditakis, Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: And Now – All About Poetry (5/29/2017) - Editorial by Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD, DLFAPA And there is poetry. Poetry is putting words in an emotionally mobilized way to better express our secret deep feelings, fantasies, and life that usually we do not dare to [...]
Photo: Nicholas Pediaditakis, Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: The Beep Beep Game (5/26/2017) - Editorial by Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD, DLFAPA There was in the near-past a cartoon, sometimes shown before starting the main feature in a movie or on television, whereupon a coyote was forever chasing an animal known as [...]
Photo: Nicholas Pediaditakis, Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: 2 War, The Ever-present Looming Monster of Humanity (5/8/2017) - Editorial by Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD, DLFAPA Let’s declare from the beginning: war is not inevitable. Switzerland and Sweden with their centuries of peace attest to that. Neither is it an organized faculty residing in our human [...]
Photo: Nicholas Pediaditakis, Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: The Folly of Our Responses to Terrorist Acts (4/24/2017) - Editorial by Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD, DLFAPA Our exaggerated responses, both by the officials and the media, while self-serving with the created big hullabaloo, to terrorist acts are in fact aiding and abetting their intended goals. We [...]
Detroit Needs Affordable Water, Not More Shutoffs (4/23/2017) - Statement by Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch Via Kate Fried, fwwatch.org “Nearly three years after it started an aggressive plan to shut off water service to households that are delinquent on their water bills, [...]
Photo: Nicholas Pediaditakis, Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: What is Normal? (4/12/2017) - Editorial by Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD, DLFAPA I have often been asked what is normal in humans regarding their thinking, behavior, and their feelings. Here is my answer: A normal human being is a person that — given [...]
Photo: Nicholas Pediaditakis, Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: Affection and Gratitude for My Adopted Country Revisited (3/27/2017) - Editorial by Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD, DLFAPA  Our country, which I was lucky to adopt for the last 55 years (trying to contribute and be useful like the rest of my fellow citizens), is enormous, privileged, and [...]
In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb (3/1/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor I don’t hear this saying about March — if it comes in like a lion it will go out like a lamb — used much in North Carolina. Here in NC we have beautiful [...]
Photo: Nicholas Pediaditakis, Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: Let’s Talk About Religion (2/27/2017) -  Editorial by Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD, DLFAPA Religious narratives and practices are almost universal. All such narratives share certain characteristics centered around a powerful deity, whether it is called God, Theos, Gott, Dieu, Allah, Elloheim, YHWH, or [...]
A photographer, who wishes to remain anonymous, took this photograph of Shadow in his VA enclosure in 2016. Shadow is in the center, front, in the sun patch. While Many Cheer Animal Rescues, One SPCA Holds On To A Big Cat (2/25/2017) - **UPDATE: Shadow the leopard passed away at the Virginia SPCA on February 23, 2017. Our original article from February 9 is included below.** ______________________________________   Despite the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) focus on [...]
Editorial: Celebrating Love & Caring (2/12/2017) - By Kay Whatley This day for expressing love is named after Saint Valentine. Dating back many centuries, Valentine’s Day was removed from the General Roman Calendar of Saints in 1969 due to conflicting historical information [...]
Photo: Nicholas Pediaditakis, Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: Modernity – A World of Contradictions (2/3/2017) - Editorial by Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD, DLFAPA Modernity brought changes such as rapid dissemination of information along with equally rapid dissemination of technological innovations and scientific knowledge, mutually beneficial inter-dependency in trade, massive traveling and inflow of [...]
Photo: Nicholas Pediaditakis, Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: The Future of Humans (1/18/2017) - Editorial by Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD, DLFAPA Are we humans going to make it? We could and we may. We have all the qualities for it; but, we should not take that for granted, even though we [...]
Editorial: Talking ‘bout Resolutions (Part 2) (1/15/2017) - New Year’s Resolutions are tough to make, and to keep, so this two-part article is designed to help you succeed by keeping your resolutions in mind. Now several weeks into 2017, hopefully you have had a [...]
Image: thedailyenglishshow.com New Year, New Career: Making the Right Impression on Job Interviews (1/12/2017) - The new year can be a good time to switch jobs; especially if you’re unhappy at work or dissatisfied with the work itself. Below is some advice from a job search company that may help [...]
Erin Knightley Best Selling Author from Franklin County: Erin Knightley Shares Some of Her Writing Secrets (1/6/2017) - By Jackie Dove-Miller Did you know that there is a best-selling romance author living right here in Franklin County? Erin Knightley, who spent her formative years in Kentucky, lives with her husband at Lake Royale. [...]
Editorial: Talking ‘bout Resolutions (Part 1) (1/1/2017) - By The Whatleys New Year, new slate. As 2017 rolled in, opportunity came with it. The new year gives a chance to set resolutions and make changes, big and small. People set resolutions based on [...]
Editorial: Ring in the New Year! (12/31/2016) - By The Whatleys It’s that time again: ring out the old and ring in the new. New Year 2017 is approaching, It’s a time for reviewing the year behind, and looking forward to the year ahead. [...]
Photo: Nicholas Pediaditakis, Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: Irrational Tribalism (12/29/2016) - How our own collective irrational responses, dictated by tribal traits embedded in our human nature, aid and abet terrorists in their aims Editorial by Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD, DLFAPA The amazing fact is hiding in plain sight, [...]
Photo: Nicholas Pediaditakis, Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: The Dark Side of Tribalism (12/7/2016) - Editorial by Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD, DLFAPA We humans  are social beings. We cooperate, have altruism, empathy, eagerness to excel, and solicit the admiration and approval of our  tribe/nation/group. We also share heroic narratives and faith along [...]
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