Opinion, editorials, and special articles.

Internet Archive offers free e-books, media, and more at archive.org. Internet Archive Offers Free Books, Old-time Movies (1/16/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor If you’re not familiar with the free, online Internet Archive, give it a visit at archive.org. Whether you like to read, watch old films, or just learn new things, you’ll find there’s [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: Let’s Talk About Geniuses (1/15/2018) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD “There is no genius without a touch of madness”  Aristotle  Indeed, all very creative people do behave oddly. Often defined as weird, we even use in describing them other more pedestrian [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: The False Promise of Going on A Diet (1/10/2018) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD I have mentioned the subject before but is needs repeating — If one of your resolutions in the new year is to go into a diet, please don’t. Studies and observations at [...]
Editorial: Talking ‘bout Resolutions 2018 (12/25/2017) - By Kay Whatley We are about to reach 2018. It’s approaching second by second. What do you want to be different in the new year? Okay, your answer is probably “A lot of things!”  Let me [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: The Tragedy of Humankind — In Place of A Christmas Carol (12/21/2017) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD We humans are amazing, awe-inspiring creatures —  as justifiably declared by Sophocles, one of the ancient Greek “Shakespeares.” We are not only intelligent, contemplative, curious, and able to use symbolism and [...]
A chicken pho served at Pho Super 9, Raleigh NC. Note that the hot pepper oil was brought on request and not part of regular service. What To Know About Pho (12/13/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor For those of you unfamiliar with pho, yet curious about it due to the increase in pho restaurant signs, here’s a little bit of background on this tasty, hot soup. At [...]
Oak Ridge Farms' David Duong serving bacon samples at the Zebulon Pop-up Vendor Market, December 2, 2017. Photo: Kay Whatley Bacon From My Childhood (12/2/2017) - By Kay Whatley I remember when I was a child, on Sunday mornings my mother would make breakfast of pancakes or french toast, eggs, and bacon. That bacon from decades ago had a robust taste [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: Humanity Racing for Our Own Survival (11/27/2017) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD As problems are accumulating of our own making, humans are pushing rapidly towards a number of possible catastrophes like:  a World War III — complete with atomic bombs and biological weapons, [...]
Making More Criminals, By Criminalizing More Things (11/27/2017) - By Kay Whatley You’re not a criminal? Are you sure? More and more laws are written over time, some criminalizing accidents, mistakes, and flawed decisions by Americans across the nation.  Intent doesn’t necessarily matter. While [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: Opioids and Us — A Perfect Storm (10/31/2017) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD Recently with opioids, we are facing a perfect storm. Let me explain. When atmospheric conditions are just right (like temperature, wind, and atmospheric pressure) and they act in unison, the result [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: Some Rational Thoughts for An Irrational Subject (10/10/2017) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD We, as a nation of over 300 million people do not really have a “gun problem” — whether as “protectors” of the second amendment or  the “gun control people.” Instead, we [...]
Source: Honest Herbal, Denver, Colorado Crossing the Line: One Company Wants Dibs on The Word “Honest” (10/9/2017) - On October 5, 2017, Honest Herbal™ — a hemp product manufacturer — announced that it was having to fight a lawsuit by a completely different company, with different products, over use of the word honest.  The [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: Brexit–A Cautionary Tale About the Foolish Behavior of Nations (9/23/2017) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD Nations, like humans as a group, pressuring and being pressured by leaders, often resort to foolish decisions which are not to their self-interest but are self-harming. A classic example for my [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of 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 [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of 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 [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of 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 [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of 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 [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of 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 [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of 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, [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of 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 [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of 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 [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of 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 [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of 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 [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of 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, [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of 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 [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of 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 [...]