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What is narrative?The stories we tell ourselves and others. The people (characters), places (settings) and events (plots) of our lives. How we make sense of the world.
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Author Archives: B. E. Berger
December 23, 2016 “Here, write some more.” Michelle Obama urges me on. President Obama is already giving his speech, and I know it is short. I’ll have to write quickly to get a few paragraphs added to it. “Come on, … Continue reading
July 23, 2016 “You are the most beautiful man in the world,” I tell him. He looks like Hugh Jackman – maybe he is Hugh Jackman – and he seems a bit embarrassed, but not surprised. “That is why I … Continue reading
Just a few words in memory of your beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle, Fred (Efraim) Berger. Like Moshe Ginsburg, my first memory of my Uncle Freddy was his wedding to Irene, March 4, 1956. Yes, I was four … Continue reading
August 26, 2015 No, it couldn’t be Ernie M. He was fine. I saw him just a few hours ago, Ernie with the black hair –wearing shorts, getting into his UPS truck to make deliveries. What? He fell from the rooftop? … Continue reading
April 5, 2015 The professor and six fellow students sit around me in a semi-circle. Walking amongst them, I consult the well-worn book in my hands, with its yellow-highlighted passages. Flipping ahead, I see not enough are marked; I will run out. I wish I … Continue reading
March 23, 2015 Unlike yesterday, this morning the fog blocks out the sun; the concrete pavement and steel buildings are stark, flat grays. Even the tree branches look gray without the light. As I walk in midtown Manhattan, I see the clouds are so low … Continue reading
Book Review: The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: Transformative New Metapyschology and Interactive Clinical Theory by Susan Kavaler-Adler Ph.D., ABPP, D.Litt Reviewed by Barbara E. Berger Expertly using psychobiography to mine for insight, Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler brings us The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: Transformative New Metapyschology and … Continue reading
By Barbara E. Berger Collage artist Koka Filipovic layers found objects and cut paper in a process that is as meditative as the product. – Sarah Fagan, guest art editor, VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices and visions, Summer 2014 … Continue reading
Book Review: Anatomy of Regret: From Death Instinct to Reparation and Symbolization Through Vivid Clinical Cases, by Susan Kavaler-Adler Ph.D., ABPP, D.Litt Reviewed by Barbara E. Berger That deepest part of the sleepless night, when a person dares to wonder … Continue reading
Book Review: Mourning, Spirituality and Psychic Change: A New Object Relations View of Psychoanalysis, by Susan Kavaler-Adler Ph.D., ABPP, D.Litt Reviewed by Barbara E. Berger Aspiring artists – as well as actualizing ones – continually ask themselves the central question: … Continue reading