To discover happiness, fulfillment and freedom as a minimalist you should live without a lot of “stuff.” You probably should not own a car, a house or a television. It’s best if you don’t have a career, and you should live in several exotic hard-to-pronounce places all over the world.

So, count me in. I’m a minimalist, which was the point of view I was to take in preparing an assignment for a pre-Thanksgiving writing class.

I noted, for example, that I am quite happy with the view from my temporary 13th floor Sky Tower room here in downtown Auckland. I can see dozens of boats in the bay, a highway en route to the North Island and a mountainous terrain to the south and west.

Unfortunately, I am a bit exhausted after traveling 13 hours in a Boeing 777-300.jet liner from Seattle, Washington, to New Zealand.

Tomorrow I plan to tour Wynyard Quarter and to enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the water located on the North Wharf. Next week I’ll view artwork by the Maori people at the Auckland Art Gallery and visit the downtown university.



During a Wednesday televised press conference, Donald Trump once again exhibited many of the traits present in someone suffering a personality disorder.

That became apparent when he responded to a question by CNN reporter Jim trumpAcosta, who persisted in asking the president about the Russia investigation into interference in the 2016 presidential election.

“I tell you what,” the president eventually responded. “CNN should be ashamed of itself, having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person.”

After his tirade against Acosta, Trump called on NBC News reporter Peter Alexander, who tried to come to Acosta’s defense as a “diligent reporter.”

Trump turned on Alexander.

“Well, I’m not a big fan of yours either,” he said. “You aren’t the best.”

At another point during the news conference, Trump accused PBS Newshour correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, a black, of asking a “racist question” when she asked him a legitimate question about his embracing of the term “nationalist.”

Trump has had several combative news conferences since he declared he was running for president in 2015, and he has consistently attacked media outlets for any coverage he considers unflattering, which he characterizes as unfair.

Now, let’s return to information I quoted from Mayo Clinic in my blog three years ago about how a person suffering from a personality disorder might be expected to behave: Continue reading PRESIDENTIAL CONFERENCE DEMONSTRATES DISORDER