Season 10, Episode 6, Bonds

By Thom McKee

How long does it take to begin to trust people after you have been betrayed? Is it something that you can get over quickly?  Or does it take some time?  But imagine if betrayal was something that happened to you regularly. Would you ever be able to trust people?

This is something I always wonder about on The Walking Dead. In the ten seasons of the show, betrayal is something that seems to just happen every other week. In the early seasons of the show you would sometimes be surprised when someone would

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Season 10, Episode 5, What It Always Is

By Thom McKee

Every parent has that moment when they have to explain to their children where they came from. If you are not a parent, you might remember when it happened to you. This is the moment when you explain some parts of your past that are very different from your children’s present.

Just this last year, my wife’s grandfather passed away. He was a fascinating man who had been a pilot in World War II and he flew in Viet Nam. He was one of the few pilots who went from

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Season 10, Episode 4, Silence the Whisperers

By Thom McKee

Have you ever tried to forget about your past? Usually, you don’t want to be reminded of something unwise or embarrassing that you did. But sometimes we don’t want to be reminded of our past because, our past seems better than our present…  Or maybe our perceived future.

Tonight on the Walkind Dead, we realize that some people in the zombie apocalypse have good memories of the not so distant past.  Most of our characters’ memories are full of pain and loss. But in the case of Ezekiel, this is just not the case.

Ezekiel used to be a zookeeper, but when the dead started walking, he became a

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Season 10, Episode 3, Ghosts

By Thom McKee

Have you ever had something happen so traumatic that you can’t sleep? Maybe you made a mistake, or you found out someone you care about is hurting.  Or even worse, maybe you have lost someone you love.

Whenever something difficult has happened in my life, I try my hardest to stay busy, because it is usually the times when you stop and think when you are reminded of your trauma.  But unfortunately, we all have to sleep, and that is usually the time when you can’t avoid thinking about what you don’t want to think about. So you usually

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Season 10, Episode 2, We Are The End of the World

By Thom McKee

Have you ever discovered that an authority figure in your life doesn’t practice what they preach? Essentially they are saying to you, “do what I say, not what I do.”  Maybe it is a teacher or a pastor.  Or maybe even a close family member.  Any way you look at it, it becomes really hard to respect that type of leader.

This week on The Walking Dead, we find out that Alpha is that type of leader

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Season 10, Episode 1, Lines We Cross

By Thom McKee

Have you ever felt like your life just no longer has purpose or meaning?

Maybe you have a job that you hate. Or maybe you are having a difficult time in a friendship, relationship or marriage. Perhaps you just have a hard time finding a reason to get out of bed in the morning. 

This week on The Walking Dead, it seems like many of the characters are struggling with finding purpose in life (I might even argue that the writers of The Walking Dead might be struggling with finding purpose for the show). Despite the awesome training sequence at the beginning of the show, most of the season ten pilot was about

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Season 9, Episode 16, The Storm

By Thom McKee

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like you lost all hope? Or worse, have you ever felt like life would be easier for everyone else if you just weren’t around anymore? These are the situations in life where we need wise people around us to give us perspective. Hopefully, when we feel this way we are surrounded by the right people, because let’s face it, we all need hope. And sometimes hope just seems so far away.

Tonight, Lydia is feeling extremely hopeless. She feels responsible for the deaths of so many of her new friends, including Henry, the first person who has really shown her love in a long time (if ever). She is also feeling guilty for

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Season 9, Episode 15, The Calm Before

By Thom McKee

Have you ever been confronted about something, by someone who is guilty of the same thing? My guess is that most of you have had this happen to you. Often the person who accuses you of something, may actually struggle with that very same thing, and they don’t even realize it.  Or even worse, they may know that they struggle with the same thing, they just don’t know that others realize it.  In psychology that is called “projection” and I have seen my share of it in life.  It is also extremely frustrating, especially if there is some truth to what they are saying

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Season 9, Episode 14, Scars

By Thom McKee

Have you ever been betrayed in a way that makes it difficult for you to trust anyone?  And if you have been in a place where you don’t trust, has it been hard to take risks with other people?

If you answered yes to these questions, you aren’t alone. Nothing erodes trust like betrayal. And, when you have a hard time trusting people, it is very hard to have healthy relationships with people. It is also hard to take chances, because you always fear that betrayal will happen again

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Season 9, Episode 13, Chokepoint

By Thom McKee

Is violence the only way to solve problems?  If you are a parent, you have inevitably had to deal with this. But let’s face it, if you are a human being you have had to deal with this too.

Recently my 13-year-old son asked me about how to deal with a situation with a bully. Now, I must say that most of his friends’ parents have given him different advice than I did. Most of his friends have been told to just hit the bully as hard as you can and they will leave you alone. I will even admit that sometimes that advice works. But that is not the advice that I gave my son. What I told him to do was to

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