Author Archives: Douglas Abbott

About Douglas Abbott

I am a freelance writer by trade, philosopher and comedian by accident of birth. I am an assiduous observer of humanity and endlessly fascinated with people, the common elements that make us human, what motivates people and the fingerprint of God in all of us. I enjoy exploring the universe in my search for meaning, beauty and friendship. My writing is an extension of all these things and something I did for fun long before I ever got paid. My hope is that the reader will find in this portfolio a pleasing and inspiring literary hodgepodge. Good reading!

Psychology: Snake Oil for the 21st Century

You have to wonder how some people ever get to wear the robe ― and, by the same token, how a framed piece of paper on the wall inspires such confidence in people. I pondered all this recently when I … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Mass Shootings

Another mass shooting in America. Many are rightly screaming, “Terrorism” and others, “Gun control!”

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A Thanksgiving Tale

I once ate nothing but rice for three days. It wasn’t a diet or a fast; I was broke. I had managed my money poorly during the previous weeks, and work was scarce to begin with. Finally, I got up … Continue reading

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The Crucible

As many readers are aware, I had a collision with an automobile in June (while riding my bicycle) that could easily have resulted in my death. I wrote about it here not long after it happened, before I fully realized … Continue reading

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What is Truth? A Reader’s Challenge

A reader named Charlie wrote with his thoughts about my last post, “The Age of Slumber:” Good post. I’ve been reading an even more eloquent version of the same ideas from Timothy Keller called Reason for God.

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The Age of Slumber

Nearly all of us have heard the saying, “Most people would rather hear a good lie over the truth any day.” When people hear this, they laugh and nod in agreement. Yet, though we acknowledge the human tendency to believe … Continue reading

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Wheat Pennies

When I was 6 years old, I got good and mad at my mother. I don’t even remember what I got angry about, but I kept quiet ― either that or she was intransigent on the issue. Whatever the case, I was … Continue reading

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