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There Is a Shrink in Gilead: The Church and Mental Health

When it comes to the treatment of mental health, many of the therapeutic approaches taken today tend to be highly individualized. The afflicted person goes (alone) to see a therapist, who provides a resources or insight to aid the patient. The broad successes of this approach speaks for itself. Mental health professionals so often see […]

The De-Sexing of the American Teenager

It was bound to happen eventually, I suppose, marking an episode of The Mockingcast “E” for “Explicit.” I just figured that when it happened, it’d be because of language (*ahem, Rev Jackwagon*) rather than content. But iTunes is notoriously touchy about these things and the “sex recession” is just too relevant of a subject not […]

A New Recipe: Grace in Family Life

This is an edited version of a talk given by the famed child psychologist, Dorothy Martyn, at the second annual Mockingbird Conference in 2009 and republished in our most recent issue of the magazine, the Deja Vu Issue. She died in January 2018. I suppose that you are, in some way or another, engaged in […]

Truly Beyond Deserving: Remembering Dorothy Martyn

This past weekend I learned that the pillar of grace known as Dr. Dorothy Martyn died after suffering a stroke at her home in North Carolina. An accomplished child psychologist (of the Freudian persuasion), Dorothy possessed a rare gift for helping the sufferers of the world, and I include myself in that number. We talk […]

Another Week Ends: Helicopter Parents, Love (Not Actually), Llewyn Davis, Joe Jonas, the Inner-Hamlet, and Why?

1) A week past Black Friday, we’re well into the holiday shopping and the family travel bargaining, and so it’s no surprise that this is also when we find a slew of family sociology on the internet. Exhibit A: Slate’s piece on the Millennial Anxiety and the Helicopter Parent. In it, therapist Brooke Donatone explains […]

Dorothy Martyn Explains What She Means By “Beyond Deserving

Taken from the introduction to Dr. Martyn’s now classic child psychology text–a must-read for Mockingbirds everywhere (especially those with children)–Beyond Deserving: Children, Parents, and Responsibility Revisited, here’s a quick word from one of our esteemed 2009 Conference speakers, emphasis hers: This phrase, “beyond deserving,” may be a bit puzzling at first glance. After all, the […]

Dorothy Martyn on Timothy McVeigh and Responsible Irresponsibility

From Dorothy Martyn’s masterful treatise on child psychology Beyond Deserving. A few of these lines have appeared on here before, but the longer quote is terrific, especially in conjunction with the Milosz poem below. From pages 155-156: ’I am the master of my fate, the captain of my soul’ has remained for some who learned […]

Another Week Ends: Prayer, Internal Cohabitation, Dan Brown, Dorothy Martyn, TV Premieres and the Rod-father

1. A lengthy piece on prayer in this past Sunday’s NY Times Magazine entitled “The Right Way To Pray?”, in which the author surveys a number of different prayer traditions (Pentecostal, Jewish, Presbyterian, Catholic, and yes, liberal Episcopal). I found his conclusion to be surprisingly sympathetic (ht R-J Heijmen): “There are some 300,000 churches in […]

2009 Mockingbird Conference: “Grace in Personal Relationships”

Handouts and book table list now included! You can download everything individually or as a whole. Hopefully the file sizes are somewhat manageable. Again, while we are making everything available for free, if you were not able to attend and would like to contribute to the cost of putting the event on, that would be […]

The Man In The Yellow Hat, or Grace With Difficult Children

A few particularly brilliant passages from the final chapter of Dr. Dorothy Martyn’s expert work on child psychology, “The Man in the Yellow Hat: Theology and Psychoanalysis in Child Therapy”. As always, to fully grasp what she’s getting at we must put ourselves in the position of child, lest we turn what is a descriptive […]

The Etiquette of the Admonition is Questionable: Falling in Love with Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson is a tough sell for high school kids. I remember, junior year, counting the days until the “poetry section” of American Lit was over. Red wheelbarrows and blades of grass were all well and good, but I craved something linear, something I could wrap my adolescent mind around a bit more easily, maybe […]

David Tyree

Did anyone catch(!) the recent NY Times article about Superbowl hero David Tyree?! I know I missed it when it was published a few days ago. But it’s an unbelievable piece – a straight-up conversion testimony! Two things come through loud and clear: 1. Adversity was the catalyst/means of his conversion. Speaking of his 2004 […]