Anger, Blame, Empathy, and Understanding in the Wake of Extreme Violence

CW/TW: Discussion of suicide and violence I felt compelled to write this opinion piece after recently reading Understanding Jonestown and Peoples Temple by Rebecca Moore, who is the sister of two prominent Temple members, Carolyn Layton and Annie Moore. After reading this book, I think that, in my anger over the death of so many …

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My Weird Obsession with Number Stations

You know how your senses can take you back to a place and time? Smells, scents, tastes...they can provoke a flood of memories, good or bad. A Vietnam veteran might flinch when a car backfires, because at that moment he's back in the dark, muggy jungle with bullets whizzing past his head. The same can …

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Reflections & Opinions on Jonestown

Racial Dynamics CW: Mentions of suicide and child death Peoples Temple and Jim Jones touted themselves as racially progressive. They promoted racial equality in the press, and they provided services to some communities in need during their time in the United States. Jones was so proud of his "rainbow family." But I think that he …

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