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Now in memoriam - This website is no longer being updated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 But since this site is no longer being updated, some links may no longer work.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 John Hodgman and Jonathan Winters
 

John Hodgman

Comedian, author, actor and Apple pitchman John Hodgman playing "PC" is a rich resource of laughter and a unique perspective on life.

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I bear an uncanny resemblance to myself.

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Generally speaking, I think it is fair to say that I am a friend to the creatures of the Earth when I am not busy eating them or wearing them.

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I have learned that newborn infants roll their eyes around and move their heads and their arms in short jerky spasms. And if you home school them, they will stay this way forever.

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I still have a fondness for books. Many a time I will be antiquing, and I'll say, 'What's that old-timey curio over there? What is that, a candlestick telephone, one of those old pull-chain toilets? Oh no, it's a book. I used to help make those things! I will buy it and use it to decorate my chain of casual family-dining restaurants.

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Stories hold power because they convey the illusion that life has purpose and direction. Where God is absent from the lives of all but the most blessed, the writer, of all people, replaces that ordering principle. Stories make sense when so much around us is senseless, and perhaps what makes them most comforting is that, while life goes on and pain goes on, stories do us the favor of ending.

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We have all been empowered by the web: everyone with a keyboard can now effectively broadcast to a national audience. In a sense, it puts each of us on the same footing as the major media conglomerates, except for AOL, who now apparently own all our thoughts and teeth.

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Americans don't need a metaphor for war. We have war. If anything, we use war as a metaphor for sports.

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You know the old saying: "History is written by the winners. And also, the team of hand- picked historians that the winner keeps hidden away in an underground bunker.

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Lies are just another kind of storytelling, but with the very distinct and enlivening motive of desperation. Since writers are by nature desperate creatures, they usually do a pretty good (or pretty awful, but always interesting) job of lying.

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I have an unfortunate compulsion [writing]. I really would rather not do it, as it is very nerve-wracking and un-fun. But when it works, there is nothing like it.

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A "story" is something an author creates in order to generate interest in his novel from movie producers. For this reason, it is critical that the story can be described very quickly, preferably in one sentence of no more than 16 words. For example: "John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald meet in hell and team up to assassinate Satan."

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I am not an actor, but I am not averse to the idea of being a personality. For me the best example is George Plimpton, who chased after every adventure with very little prejudice, always with an open mind and often with a funny accent. I am on top of a roller coaster that I never expected to be on. I don't know what's going to happen when the roller coaster goes down. My guess is I will fly out and I will hit a pole.


George Demont Otis      From Belvedere


 

Jonathan Winters

The multi-talented, utterly original, improvisational comedian, film and television actor Jonathan Winters pioneered a new form of comedy in which he could riff and ad-lib on just about anything on a moment's notice. Winters created characters such as Maude Frickert, Elwood P. Suggins, and Chester Honeyhugger, and ad-libbed on them by positioned them in hilarious situations as suggested by impromptu cues from audience members and television hosts. Some people call him a one-man theatrical troupe. Enjoy his wildly inventive comedy takes on everything.

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I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it.

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Nothing is impossible. Some things are just less likely than others.

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Throughout my life, I've been gratified that I've been able to keep the child in me alive and inspire others.

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Now the freaks are on television, the freaks are in the movies. And it's no longer the sideshow, it's the whole show. The colorful circus and the clowns and the elephants, for all intents and purposes, are gone, and we're dealing only with the freaks.

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If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it!

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If God had really intended man to fly, He'd make it easier to get to the airport.

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He was a little "off" I think is the term. . . One day he said to me, "I'm gonna fly." I said, "I believe ya can, Maynard, I've seen ya do a lot of wild things. I think you can fly." We went up to Willard's Bluff. . . He Scotch-taped a hundred forty-six pigeons to his arms. He said, "I know I can do it. . . I know I can." I said, "Don't repeat yourself, just do it." He was airborne for a good twenty seconds. Then some kid came from outta nowhere, threw a bag of popcorn in the stone quarry, and he bashed his brains out.

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I was talking to a businessman, and I said, "Don't you think most men are little boys?" And he said, "I'm no little boy! I make seventy-five thousand dollars a year." And I said, "Well, the way I look at it, you just have bigger toys."

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Just going through life is surviving. Going cross-town.

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God is in my head, but the devil is in my pants.

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When you wear so many hats in society, you never know who you are. That's the beauty of it. Because once you find out who you are, you're screwed.


George Demont Otis      Desert Bloom


 

 


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