The easy part is my name: I’m Roger Marum—a psychologist currently living in rural Vermont, where my wife and I moved in 2006 from Los Angeles, a city that may sleep, but is in perpetual gridlock—or so it seems to me when I return to California for work and pleasure.
I have a private psychotherapy practice with two offices, one in Middlebury, and the other in North Ferrisburgh, Vermont. I have made, and continue to make annual trips to California to see clients, who were part of my private practice before moving to New England.
For the past four years I’ve taught a course on communication and connections at Middlebury College (Winter Term). The four-week intensive exploration of how social media and our electronic devices effect our values, relationships, and the manner in which we express ourselves helps students better understand themselves in this rapidly evolving online age.
Teaching this class gave me the impetus to expand my online experience beyond research and e-mail use, and so I launched this blog. I left my reluctance for public disclosure on the sideline, and though I feel an occasional twinge about making my thoughts available in “the cloud,” I’m becoming quite comfortable with it.
I was also encouraged by Herta Feely, my editor, to create a website/blog, and begin writing blog-posts because I enjoy writing short philosophical pieces. And I thought the blog would be helpful because my name, as co-author, is attached to a book about depression, which is being considered for publication.
The Reluctant Disciple, resistance in tow, has entered the 21st Century.
ABOUT THE BLOG
I write about spiritual and psychological matters, both of which are my soul’s passion, and muse.
I write because I am filled with questions that concern and, at times, plague me: Does the practice of psychotherapy make a difference, and if so is that a function of methodology, personality, or the random connecting with a caring person?
Where does evil come from, can it be stopped, and if there is a Higher Power, God, Divine Presence, or Supreme Creator—Alpha and Omega—why doesn’t the awfulness get shut down? Why do children pre-decease their parents? It shouldn’t be.
Is there more to life than what my senses assimilate, and if so, how can I find even a restless peace in that “knowing?”
I am a reluctant disciple whose written words give voice to my questions, yearnings for truth, solace in times of despair and doubt, but most of all they make possible a deeper connection to the hope and resilience within me—a belief that starts with a risky leap of faith.