Author: bclemes

Quest for the Hamlet Ne Plus Ultra

Hamlet tantalizes us with questions that cannot be answered. To what extent is the prince suffering a mental breakdown? How does he feel about his mother, his father, his erstwhile sweetheart? What is the play really about, and how do … read more

November Rain

  “I’ve come ten thousand miles,” he’d say. “At least you can open the door.” Or sometimes he’d simply stand there and say “Hello,” his eyes like swimming pools of blue pain. She could visualize the moment: it was November … read more

Little Boxes

Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes made of ticky tacky, Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes all the same. Malvina Reynolds wrote this song in 1962 as her car passed through a California town, Daly City. The song … read more

Using Dreams and Reveries for Creativity

Dreams Freud called dreams “the royal road to the unconscious.”  Robert Louis Stevenson (c. 1887) called the dream state “that small theatre of the brain which we keep brightly lighted all night long, after the jets are down, and darkness … read more

Not Fearing Fear

  “Man was born free and is now everywhere in chains.”—Jean Jacques Rousseau   “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”—Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. President, on the Great Depression of the 1930’s   “Fear is the mind-killer.”—Frank … read more