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Yogi-isms worth hearing these days

There are a lot of historical figures that have left their mark on the world. For me, Gandhi, M.L. King, Jesus, Abe Lincoln, and Peter Lawrence “Yogi” Berra are such people. Berra, a Hall of Fame baseball player, went to 13 World Series as a...

 

Nothing quite like a show of brotherly love

It’s been over a year since I started writing this column. Tom McDonald, the publisher and editor of The New Mexico News Exchange (and my brother), went from agreeing to let me write a few to letting me write a weekly column. Now I am told I have...

 
 By Don McDonald    Voices    January 2, 2019

Ready for a top job working for Trump

Donald Trump, who had tweeted criticisms about Barack Obama for firing three chief of staff employees in three years, has fired his third chief of staff in less than two years. As most followers of the news know, Trump is firing his administrative...

 

Opinion: Considering a new purpose in life

Now that my presidential campaign has been flushed down the crapper, it’s time for me to get on with my life. I did not abandon my campaign, my campaign abandoned me. I imagine my campaign manager was arrested and the rest of my staff (many in...

 

Opinion: 2020 presidential run starts now

As I have stated a number of times, to be a good modern-day politician, you must be able to apply the theory of exaggeration. To do this, you must falsify your data and claim your moral superiority while declaring the moral worthlessness of your oppo...

 

Opinion: It's hard to be modest when you know you're great

I was a lousy medical student. I worked very hard but struggled. However, I came into my own as a psychiatric resident. My first job after my training was with a state-run mental health facility, the Behavior Health Service (BHS). One of my assignmen...

 

Opinion: Been in a fair number of skirmishes in my life

I believe in nonviolence. But I have not always been successful at practicing my belief. Looking back on my life, I have had a fair number of skirmishes. Growing up, I loved to wrestle. Sometimes the matches would get a little heated but about the ti...

 

Opinion: Empathy for others feels better than hate and anger

I have lived in the South my whole life. My father was a descendant of slave owners. My mother’s family was too poor to own slaves, but her ancestors did not oppose slavery. As a grade-school child before integration, all my buddies used the “N...

 

Opinion: Picture could be worth a thousand readers

Dr. Jenifer Landa, while speaking at a medical conference, told the following story: As a shy fifth-grader, she reluctantly tried out for a school play. After tryouts, a list of who was accepted was posted on a wall. She expected to be rejected, but...

 
 By Don McDonald    Sports    October 3, 2018

Commentary: Sports teaches some pseudo teary-eyed lessons on life

In my psychiatric practice, I see quite a few children and adolescents. I strongly encourage them to get involved in competitive activities, such as sports. I tell them that sports will teach you how to win well, lose well, lead well, follow well,...

 

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