The Shrink’s Links: Old Man Gloom

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If you were amused by the post I wrote on Keith’s Crock of Shit, then wait till you get a load of what they do in Santa Fe.

Every year, the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe, New Mexico constructs a huge effigy of Zozobra (the Spanish word for Old Man Gloom, I’m told.) People are encouraged to fill it with scraps of paper representing their gloom. Divorced wives have been known to donate their wedding dresses. Then, in a night-time ceremony, once a year, they set it on fire.

Guess, what? The gloom disappears.