Welcome to the archived web site of
Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. Psychologist (1950-2013)
California License No. PSY 10092
 
Specializing in Presence-Centered Therapy
balancing mind and heart, body and spirit

Now in memoriam - This website is no longer being updated
While Dr. Friedman is no longer with us, there are still many helpful resources on his site. Articles and resource links have been relocated to the top. His family hopes you might find them helpful. But since this site is no longer being updated, some links may no longer work.

 


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Articles by Dr. Friedman (except where noted otherwise)

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From His Book | Meditations For Life | The Flow of Money, Business and Innovation | Transpersonal/Mind-Body | Approaches, Worldview and Will-isms

Skills For Life: The Core Playing Field | Free the Ego, and You Are Free | Feeling, Thought, Communication & Action

Strategies/Distinctions For Life: The Core Playing Field | Free the Ego, and You Are Free

Awakening Stories/Metaphors For Life: The Core Playing Field | Free the Ego, and You Are Free | The Way It Is

Holiday Family Gatherings | Cartoons, Jokes and Humor | Poems and Quotes | Song Lyrics, Wit and Wisdom

Jokes, Cartoons and Wisdom

The World According to Lewis Black
 

Comedian and writer Lewis Black has a grumpy, outraged, black humoresque take on modern life. Enjoy his exacerbated, over-the-top brand of humor for the 21st century.

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Learning to be a comic is like learning to be a boxer with your hands tied to your sides. You just take hit after hit, and while you are getting pummeled, you figure out, Wow, if I just did this, I wouldn't get hit. Then you get hit again. I was knocked out a lot. But I learned a lot. I learned I would probably not be much of a comic.

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It's absolutely stupid that we live without an ozone layer. We have men, we've got rockets, we've got saran wrap—FIX IT!!! And don't come back until you do.

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Normally, in February, in Boston and in most of the country, the weather is gray, rainy, gray, sleet, gray, rain, gray, sleet, snow, gray; every day it just gets grayer and grayer and grayer! You wake up one day, and you go, 'I'm not comin' into work today!' Your boss goes, 'Why not? You sick?' 'No! It's too gray!'

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You know what would help the instruction form? Verbs! Verbs would be nice! Because they help you get to the end of a thought!

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If you're working out in front of a mirror and watching your muscles grow, your ego has reached a point where it is now eating itself. That's why I believe there should be a psychiatrist at every health club, so that when they see you doing this, they will take you away for a little chat.

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And I know this happens because I took economics, and I'd explain it to yea'-but I flunked that course. Not my fault. They taught it at 8 o'clock in the morning. And there is absolutely nothing you can learn out of one bloodshot eye.

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I'm going to make my transition to weatherman soon. Then there was the man who declared in court, he wasn't a person. "Excuse me, sir, why haven't you paid your taxes." "Well, as you can clearly see, I am not a person." "Well, you look like a person." "No it's all done with mirrors, trust me!"

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My problem is with authority.

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Let's face it, Americans are fat all year round, but the holidays are when we really hit our stride. And you can bet the food we eat will be just as unhealthy as the families we're forced to visit.

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On the plane was a Time magazine and there was a 30-page article on diabetes, and I read every page. By the time that plane landed, I had diabetes.

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There's no such thing as soy milk. It's just soy juice.

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Americans continue to rapidly homogenize ourselves into a neutered oblivion. For a country founded on the protection of the unique, we relish our sameness.

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MTV is to music as KFC is to chicken!

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You don't want another Enron? Here's your law: If a company, can't explain, in ONE SENTENCE. . . what it does. . . it's illegal.

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If the people of New Zealand want to be part of our world, I believe they should hop off their islands, and push 'em closer.

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I do have certain feelings. My feeling is that whoever is in charge, I want him out. [on his political views]

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A father and two sons run Adelphia. It's a cable company. And they took from that company a billion dollars. A billion. Three people. . . THREE people took a billion dollars. What were they gonna do, start their own space program? "Let's send the monkey to Mars, Dad!


George Demont Otis      Snow Capped Mountains

Today's really gonna suck. . . BUT AT LEAST I DON'T HAVE SMALLPOX!

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Writing is thinking and thinking is hard work. Children's characters seeking acceptance means they're gay? That'll come as news to Ferdinand, Simba, the Ugly Duckling, Cinderella, and Rudolph.

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In my lifetime, we`ve gone from Eisenhower to George W. Bush. We`ve gone from John F. Kennedy to Al Gore. If this is evolution, I believe that in 12 years, we`ll be voting for plants.

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These ballot initiatives remind us that America is the land where people are free to dream whatever they want, so long as that dream doesn't make Midwesterners feel icky!"

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Apparently there is no profit in the unique, or not enough to make it worthwhile to preserve. Ultimately it drains the life out of us, and existentialism starts to make more and more sense.

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Behind me, I heard a young woman of 25 say, "If it weren't for my horse, I wouldn't have spent that year in college." Now, I'm gonna repeat that, because it bears repeating. "If it weren't for my horse. . . " as in, giddy up, giddy up, let's go—"I wouldn't have spent that year in college," which is a degree-granting institution. Don't think about that too long, or BLOOD will shoot out your NOSE!"

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Jerry Falwell said that the reason that September 11th happened, the reason that God allowed it to happen, was because of certain people in our country. People like, and I'm quoting, 'the pagans,' which is a motorcycle group. Feminists; he brought up feminists. [. . . ] And I couldn't believe it, he said that God had actually talked to him and said, these were the people. That was the reason. It was those people, and that was the reason God allowed this to happen. And I thought, 'That's odd.' Because God had called me twelve hours before, and He said the reason He was upset was because of people like Jerry Falwell.

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Everyone of you has a health that is unique and totally different from everybody else. Completely! Because we. . . are all like snowflakes.

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[On Boston traffic] The last person to get across that town in under three hours was yelling "The British are coming! The British are coming!"

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How our government works. . . it doesn't.

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I believe that the way in which we should truly live is we should think about what we're going to do, and then not do it. Your boss comes in on Monday and goes, "Hey! You're my go-to guy—I need a report by Friday." You go, "I'll get right on it, chief!" And then you head back to your desk and you put your feet up and you spend the week thinking about it. And then he comes in on Friday and goes, "Where's my report?" And you say, with a big grin on your face, "I didn't do it!" And he goes, "Why not?" and then you say, "Because I didn't want to disappoint you!"

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Fantasy football is out of control.

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All the candy corn that was ever made was made in 1911.

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Those audiences are wonderful. Talk about the most bitter group of people on the planet Earth! For one brief shining moment, I am Mr. Happy!


George Demont Otis      Mt Shasta

 


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