136) From Shitty-ness to Well-ness, Part 15: FACT Exercise #2 — Choosing Meaning over Control

We’ve talked about the self-defeating nature of our Shit Avoidance Strategies, especially over the long term.  Not that they’re totally, 100% bad; they can even be life-savers!  But long-term, Shit Avoidance doesn’t help us rise to the challenges of life, fix the problems we’re facing, accomplish our meaningful goals, or grow as a person.  At…

131) Stranger Things, Part 5: Some wee critiques, and a suggestion; or Why Is Henry so Damn Evil???

I have two extremely minor critiques of Stranger Things, and one real “I hope they do better” critique.  First, the minor ones. There is a profound inability of bad guys with guns to do much of anything effective (other than shooting Brenner from a helicopter with a sniper rifle, and the guard-dudes inside the house…

129) Stranger Things, Part 3: The Master of Puppets

The true villain of Stranger Things isn’t Vecna, obviously.  The Upside Down already existed when Henry fell into it, and he was initially terrified, thinking that he was dying.  However, he was transformed into Vecna.  Why?  Presumably because he was already a super-powerful psychic dude, and he was psychotic, and he was willing to offer…

128) Stranger Things, Part 2: Eleven’s real “papa”

***SPOILER ALERT*** This contains mad spoilers for Stranger Things. If you haven’t watched it, don’t read this! * * * * * One of the enduring mysteries of the show is, WHO is Eleven’s true “papa”?   Well….(Dustin!  Drum roll please…..) ——— I think it’s Henry AKA Vecna AKA 001.  I know, icky icky icky,…

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