5 Ways to Prevent Psychological and Emotional Trauma

What Buddhism has given me is boundless and priceless. It has awakened me to reality, true reality. I know that nothing is permanent and that everything changes. I know that everyone in my life will experience illness, aging, loneliness, and death. I reckon that life likely has no cosmic meaning, that once we die, it’s […]

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The Gifts of COVID-19 (Podcast Transcript)

Hello Everyone, Welcome to the podcast “Close to the Bone.” I’m Carl Vreeland.   At last, I’m back. Months in the making, I’m finally settling into my newly renovated home. I’ve really missed having a home and an office/studio space. But such is life, things crop up, and we must roll with the changes, and […]

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Are You Awake? 5 Traits of Awake-ness

I thought I was awake. I thought I was wise. But I was wrong. I was ignorant (in the sense of being blind to reality/truth), only I didn’t know it. Sure, I was an honest person, open-minded and intelligent, but nevertheless I wasn’t awake. How did I not know this? I suppose that question is […]

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The Story of Scrooge (Podcast Transcript)

Note: {I originally published this podcast episode on December, 27, 2020 as Episode 18. I recently published it again (as Episode 37) with the hope that it might lift your spirits during this holiday season}. Here is the transcript. . . .   Greetings All, Welcome to the podcast “Close to the Bone.” I’m Carl […]

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Is God a Crutch? (Podcast Transcript)

Greetings Everyone, This is the podcast “Close to the Bone.” My name is Carl Vreeland.   Before I begin. . . I want to drive home how important your support is to the success of the podcast. If you listen to and like the podcast, please take a moment to leave a Review or Star […]

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Stop Waiting

We’re always waiting . . . waiting for that job promotion and pay raise, waiting for that big break, waiting for the weekend to come, waiting for the summer weather to arrive, waiting for the test results from doctor, waiting for our divorce to go through, waiting in line at the supermarket, patiently waiting to […]

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Addicted to Anger (Podcast Transcript)

Greetings Everyone, I’m Carl Vreeland, and this is the podcast “Close to the Bone.”   Before I start, I want to apologize for the lapse of time between episodes. As I mentioned in the last episode, I’m moving to another location, only it’s taking much longer than I anticipated. I still haven’t moved, and because […]

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You Are Loved (Podcast Transcript)

Greetings Everyone, I’m Carl Vreeland, and this is the podcast “Close to the Bone.”   Before I begin, I want to mention that there’s a strong likelihood I will be unable to published any podcast episodes in August. I’m in the midst of moving into another home. We’ll see how it goes, but either way, […]

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The Truth About Alcohol and Drugs

Countless lives are destroyed every day due to alcoholism and drug addiction. The emotional damage and heartbreak brought about by addiction is beyond measure. Families are torn apart and broken, and careers are ruined over alcohol and drug abuse. Moreover, statistics have shown a strong correlation between alcohol and crime. The percentages of violent crimes […]

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