Category Archives: Uncle Bill’s Place

LESSONS FROM THE CHAIN GANG, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Recently, I decided to clean up and reorganize our backyard. We have a number of 50-year-old Spanish clay pots that were left by the previous owners and were sitting in the wrong places. Some of the pots easily weighed a … Continue reading

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COURAGE? WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO HAVE IT? THOUGHTS ON BRUCE JENNER, by Art Smukler author & psychiatrist

Being first is a national pastime. The World Cup, the World Series, the Super Bowl, and now being the first celebrity to announce being transgender has taken society to a new and more inclusive level.  To be different used to … Continue reading

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REINVENTION IS THE ELIXIR OF YOUTH, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Sometimes I look in the mirror and wonder where all the years have gone. What happened to my dark hair? Who is that “older” guy staring back at me? A new blog follower, Deborah, related that she is going to … Continue reading

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WELCOME TO THE CHAIN GANG, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

The term “Chain Gang” brings to mind an image of Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke. Bare-chested, sweat dripping down his forehead, he swings a pickaxe as guards with dead eyes and no sense of humor stand ready with their … Continue reading

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AND THAT’S THE BEAUTY OF IT! SELLING DONE THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY, by Art Smukler, Author & psychiatrist

While having dinner with a friend, a decades old memory made me smile. “What’s so funny?” Bob asked. “An idea for my blog just popped into my head… I was 17 and helping my father develop a line of ignition … Continue reading

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I KNOW WHAT HEROES ARE MADE OF… by Art Smukler MD

In horrific detail, we learned from the Joe Paterno nightmare that having the most victories in college football can become meaningless. The McCourts taught us that tons of money and greed are just wrong. Donald Trump made it clear that … Continue reading

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BUY ART SMUKLER; YOU’LL LOSE 15 LBS AND FALL IN LOVE, by Art Smukler MD

All through college and part of med-school, I sold battery cables, ignition wire-sets and jumper cables. I loaded up the trunk of my car with hundreds of feet of cables and hawked them to gas stations and small auto accessory … Continue reading

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