- Second Place in True Crime Challenge
The Lingering Mystery of Room 1046
On the morning of January 4th, 1935, new switchboard operator Della Ferguson arrived at the Hotel President in Kansas City, Missouri, just in time for her shift. Shortly after arriving (as she began to make her rounds through the plethora of wake-up calls) she noticed that the indicator light was on for room 1046. The phone was off the hook.
A Lesson in Failing
by: E.B. Johnson For the last 4 years, I’ve been doing a lot of heavy lifting behind the scenes to work through my own history of dysfunction and trauma. From therapy to self-awakening, I’ve re-routed the entire course of my life in a number of years. Not from a desire to be anything or anyone, really. But simply from a desire to survive without the agony of being haunted by a past I couldn’t control.
What's Killing the Passion in Your Relationship
by: E.B. Johnson We need passion in our relationships in order to keep them together, but that passion can sometimes ebb and flow in ways that are difficult to manage. Are you and your partner beginning to drift? Do you feel the fire falling out of your bond with one another? Once you’ve admitted where things are breaking up, you can take the committed action you need to fix it — together.
The Many Personalities of the Narcissistic Family
by: E.B. Johnson Narcissistic families are everywhere. Whether you realized the toxic combination of attachment and attack a long time ago, or you’re just waking up — millions of are just coming to terms with the healing we need in order to be happy. Getting to that healing requires that we take the time to understand where we’ve come from. Narcissistic families can shelter and shadow their abuses because of the personalities that come make them up. Knowing that, we can take more precise action to make ourselves happy.
The Warning Signs of an Emotionally Unavailable Person
by: E.B. Johnson It isn’t easy when we fall for an emotionally distant or unavailable person. Loving someone, we want them to return that love in-kind. That’s not always possible, though, when our partners are damaged by the past or scared of being vulnerable with us. Does your partner avoid real intimacy? Do they hide their former lives with you? Or avoid deeper connection by keeping things surface deep? The time may have come to admit that when it comes to emotions, your partner is totally unavailable.
You Don't Have the Power to Change Them
Relationships go through a lot of difficulties. In the beginning, things are exciting and new. But it’s not long until the flaws begin to show. Our partners reveal more of themselves and we are left to reckon with it. Sometimes these realizations drive us closer together, and sometimes they bring out an unhealthy desire to “fix” or change our partners in a number of ways. That’s not how good partnerships are built, however. We can’t change our partners and we shouldn’t even try.
How to Handle the Post-Pandemic Social Fatigue
by: E.B. Johnson As some of us struggle to find a sense of normalcy in this strange unknown world, many are dealing with a phenomenon they never confronted before. For the first time, millions are finding themselves stuck in a wave of social anxiety and fatigue. The relationships that once brought them joy are now bringing tension and exhaustion that’s hard to shake. We’ve all been drained over the last year, and our social skills have been drained too. If we want to get back on track to connection and fulfillment, then we have to confront our social fatigue honestly for what it is.
Three Otters and a Funeral
My mother had been dead for three days, and I was numb. Not the kind of numb that comes when you’re all cried out from a nasty breakup. It was the kind of numb that makes you pray you don’t get out of bed in the morning.