Overcoming Childhood Trauma and Other Heroic Lessons from The Dark Knight

As by a carnival mirror, the greatest villains reflect our most enduring and compelling heroes. Our heroes often are brought face-to-face with that which they so easily could have been. If the rope of recovery had had one less thread, they themselves could have snapped and become a rogue in someone else’s gallery. This potential alternative existence can prove unnerving at first, but as our … Continue reading Overcoming Childhood Trauma and Other Heroic Lessons from The Dark Knight

Should Parents Admit Having a Favorite Child?

Growing up in a large family, the most controversial dinner table discussions didn’t center around politics, money, or religion. Get enough of us siblings in the same room long enough and one question always comes up: “Who is mother’s favorite child?” And, “if she has one, why won’t she admit it?”   Mother stays above the fray, parrying the question delivered by chirping children. “I … Continue reading Should Parents Admit Having a Favorite Child?

Why So Serious, Part One: Child Abuse

With a knife in hand, the purple-clad, face-painted Joker springs up from the pool table, retorting in his own self-indulgent way, “You wanna know how I got these scars?” The Joker then details a narrative of a father who “was a drinker and a fiend.”  One night his father goes “off crazier than usual” and his mother “gets the kitchen knife to defend herself.”  He explains … Continue reading Why So Serious, Part One: Child Abuse