Understanding the Journey

What is the first step of the journey? Where does story of cogjam begin? Two main characters hold center stage.

First, the antagonist: the gut brain, affectionately known as the inner lizard. He looks innocent enough, hiding in the shadows. But he’s a formidable foe to any who dare threaten.



Next comes the protagonist: the logical brain, seeking to bring wisdom and practical know-how to the inner lizard’s automatic alarm system. He’s more inclined toward thinking things through than knee-jerk reacting.

Unfortunately, these two guys haven’t been getting along very well these days.


Here’s how Chapter Two describes their relationship:

“The prevailing view of today’s strained society is of two extreme positions duking it out, with both trying to claw their way to the top of the food chain. This certainly paints the most tangible picture of what we see and hear. And it’s definitely the arena that stirs up the most cogjam misery.

However I beg to differ in regard to what it is we’re really looking at. I suggest that this conflict we’ve entered into is a reflection of something much deeper and more profound, an allegory of epic proportions. What we experience today is only a bump in a story that has been unfolding for many thousands of years.”

“All would be well if the two brain functions knew how to play together nicely. But that’s what’s only beginning to get sorted out in the grand history of the evolving brain. More typically, no matter how gently or firmly the gut brain tries to keep cognition from getting in the way, the logical brain becomes all the more insistent, believing it’s the better lobe for the job. As a result, the restricted flexibility of the stress response can become self-defeating.

Thus the real conflict is not one of opposing social attitudes, differing philosophies and worldviews, or cartoonishly polarized political parties. It is the ultimate battle between fear and logic, two yet-evolving brain functions going head to head. What spins around us today is merely the joint echoed cry of each individual’s inner struggle between logic and gut.”

And there you have it – the evolution of cogjam, playing in an arena near you. Except, we don’t typically recognize it as such. Instead, we tend only to see political perspectives busily tearing into one other. We react. They react back. And the beat goes on.

But there is hope: resilience, proving itself stronger and mightier than antagonist and protagonist alike.

To be continued . . .

It’s Here!

And healing is near. No matter who you are or how today’s polarizing stress shakes up your world, The Cogjam Effect – and the Path to Healing Divisive Community and Fractured Science has answers.

Healthy community can be restored. Likewise, we can reestablish the common sense, logic, and and evidence-based thinking that has served us so well for eons. But first, we must break a few entrenched patterns and seek new ways.

What might help you travel these troubled times? Chapter One suggests this is the right book for you if you seek to:

  • Be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.
  • Take control over what currently spirals out of control.
  • Discover strengths you never knew you had.
  • Experience greater inner peace.
  • Clear up confusion, and regain self-confidence and sense of certainty.
  • Heal and strengthen relationships with those you hold dear.
  • Better fend off the slings and arrows of ongoing dysfunctional politics.
  • Help choose and plant seed for the next era–which can only sprout from the muck left behind by cogjam.

Everyone is welcome to join the mission of healing common humanity. All aboard!

Find The Cogjam Effect at Kharis Publishing (https://kharispublishing.com/kp/shop/the-cogjam-effect/) and many major outlets. Release date: September 2, 2019.

Everyone’s Gone to the Moon

Fifty years ago today, humankind was taking its first steps on the moon. I especially recall one particular summer day, images forever etched in memory: sitting on the lawn, staring at the moon in awe, with teenage friends whispering to one another “we’re up there right now.”

Thus was I doubly blessed. Not only did I come of age in an era where challenging outdated norms brought major advancements, but also witnessed the incredible things passions and talents could do when people work together–even a moon landing.

Today I took my own small step for a woman, including fantasies of a giant leap for humankind, provided others meld with the mission. You see, today I finished mailing 500+ pre-release copies of The Cogjam Effect – and the Path to Healing Divisive Community and Fractured Science to every sitting member of the U. S. Congress and Supreme Court.

Why them, before anyone else sees it? Because they deserve it. Politicians have valiantly struggled with cogjam much longer than the rest of us. It feeds the roots of ineffective problem solving and political divisiveness, tainting anything they might try to accomplish. The lessons of recent brain science, trauma research, and disaster experience, and how they apply to today’s polarizing, may well help them break pattern and move forward.

As all of us can do in our own lives, in our own way:

  • Reducing cogjam in relationships, in communities, and within our own minds.
  • Stopping the bleeding, healing the hurt, and finding healthier directions.
  • Figuring out how we got here in the first place, and doing our darnedest to keep it from happening again.

Every individual effort counts, no matter how small or whether it gets immediate results. Cultural change is slow, and the world can only be saved in increments. We should rejoice in these increments as they happen–that in itself is healing. Even retired baby-boomers can contribute in ways that reap future benefits, without our still being around to witness the final results.



And for you younger generations . . . the sky is still the limit.




Kharis Publishing plans to release The Cogjam Effect – and the Path to Healing Divisive Community and Fractured Science in September 2019. Stay tuned!

We’re Almost There!

Kharis Publishing has slated release of The Cogjam Effect . . . and the Path to Healing Community Divisiveness and Fractured Science for September 2019. That’s only a little over a month from now!

Soon, there will be guidance for traversing these chaotic and confusing political times:

  • Simple nonpartisan advice, based on both state-of-the-art brain science and collective wisdom dating back 5000 years.
  • Straightforward and practical directions for applying this wisdom during day-to-day trials and tribulations over political fallout.
  • How to address intellectual chaos, and settle back into the common sense reasoning we’ve honed since birth.

Stay tuned, everybody!

“They Call Me the Crazy Cat Lady.”

Going along with the surrounding flow is a major force behind how we’ve found ourselves stuck in political cogjam.
The following short vignette is a more whimsical example of how unwittingly going along with group-held beliefs sometimes has us doing or thinking things that miss some important internal logic.
Enjoy! See if you can set aside the political, and appreciate the cultural irony. That in itself represents a major step beyond cogjam.


They call me the crazy cat lady.
You betcha. Crazy like a fox, believe me.
Nobody can have too many of those furry little friends. But rules and regulations turn our lives into a disaster. How do you peacefully settle in with your collective with rule-mongers pounding on your door, insisting on knowing what’s in there? It’s as disgraceful as constantly hounding presidents to reveal the status of their stashes of choice.
We have a right to privacy. And we should be free to expand our collectives as we see fit.
I could support an even larger family if cat food and cat litter weren’t so spendy. As a dedicated collector my taxes should rightfully be cut from 35% to 15%. It would promote even more of my faithful stewardship. It’s only right that people like me and the wealthy be entrusted with such advantages. We truly appreciate the value of our collectives. Others only squander them.
They simply do not understand. Like when those who are blessed with new litters only give away those sweet balls of fluff, who are soon neutered into an unproductive stalemate. Where is justice? It’s no better than so-called “philanthropists.” Many gather collectives even larger than Mr. President’s. Then they give away huge portions, requiring little or nothing in return. They just don’t get it—the worthiness of expanding, the critical overriding principal of “more.”
My invitation to the White House will turn up any day now. He owes me, you see, for the faithful counsel I’ve tweeted him over the years. In return, I plan to be so bold as to seek his counsel. There is a conundrum he has escaped, and I have not.
You see, treasuring my collective has earned me the distasteful label of “hoarder.” It’s true I’ve got more kitties than fit in my lap at once. In that respect, I suppose one might propose that my collective is bigger than what I personally can fully take advantage of.
Impressive collectives like Mr. President’s are likewise more than he could ever need. But for some reason, he and those like him have no need to hide their continuing pursuit of wealth. The approach is the exact opposite of the philanthropy mindset. And they’re quite open about their seeking more.
Yet nobody accuses them of hoarding. More often than not, people seem to applaud them, or say they wish that they too could hoard such a collective.
Hopefully our future Oval Office tea for two will include discussion of that bit of genius, whatever it is that spares the financially wealthy such scrutiny. And then perhaps, just perhaps, we cat ladies can more openly run the world.

The Sweet Scent of Change

We’ve made it this far. We’re still breathing. The world still turns on its axis.

Not to say the polarizing and political hostilities haven’t been painful. Nor that it hasn’t been a struggle—personally, interpersonally, within our communities, and as a nation. We have struggled, indeed.

All the same, think back to the level of angst and argumentativeness circling in our midst a year ago. Yes, it’s still around. But for most of us it has become at least somewhat more tempered. Our reactions to stressful events are focusing more on solutions and less on aimless, distressed lashing out. A shift has scented the air.

Why? Because resilience is winning out, as it always does following disaster. We’ve begun to unravel the tangle, and are adjusting for the better.

But why are some already well down the road of personal recovery, while others are not? Reasons vary. But there is hope for all.

My upcoming book, The Cogjam Effect – and the Path to Healing Divisive Community and Fractured Science, is a recovery roadmap. Regardless of whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent, or otherwise politically affiliated, this book provides answers:

  • What got us here in the first place?
  • How do current affairs fit in with the greater picture of our society, as well as the status of the human race in general?
  • And how can we reset ourselves to better cope with today’s odd version of social and political realities?

In weeks to come, I will share portions of my book that can assist with your own transformation, as well as keep you up to date on the publishing progress of The Cogjam Effect.

Stay tuned!