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Is this a sign of life?

Could there be intelligent life on this planet? I'm cautiously optimistic.

Hopping and Skipping Through a Garden

It had just rained and the light was changing every 10 seconds which was causing me to be a bit uncomfortable but I was determined to get a few garden pics. Hop. Skip. Click. Repeat.

Apparently there is an old Amish saying that I thought I'd also share here:

Wealth is not measured in how much you give or get, it is measured in how much you share.

Heroes of Uncertainty

Mental diseases are not really understood the way, say, liver diseases are understood, as a pathology of the body and its tissues and cells. Researchers understand the underlying structure of very few mental ailments. What psychiatrists call a disease is usually just a label for a group of symptoms. As the eminent psychiatrist Allen Frances writes in his book, “Saving Normal,” a word like schizophrenia is a useful construct, not a disease: “It is a description of a particular set of psychiatric problems, not an explanation of their cause.”


A short read. An Op Ed piece.

I've often felt that slapping a label or two on me wasn't productive. Making me feel 'normal' again. Making me happy. This is all I've ever wanted. I know that labels are needed to decide which drug cocktail to throw at someone. But after that, what?

Went to visit an old friend recently

When I got there she was gone. Disappeared. Vanished. At first I thought I was having a massive 'senior moment'. Then I started wondering if I was in the right place. How could she just vanish?

She had caught fire and was a total loss. All that remains now is a lot filled with weeds.

It caused me to consider one of the gifts that photography gives us. A brief memory of something/someone that is no longer with us. Thankfully I have a few pics of her and the recipe for her famous Coconut Walnut Bread (ya' gotta' try this)

Coconut Walnut Bread

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ¾ teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup buttermilk
½ cup flaked coconut
2 large eggs
1 ½ teaspoons coconut flavor/extract (such as Stirling Hawaiian Coconut gourmet syrup)
½ cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray bottom of loaf pan with non-stick pan coating.
Mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and baking soda) in large mixing bowl.
All oil, buttermilk, coconut, eggs, coconut flavor and walnuts to flour mixture. Mix with electric mixer just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until done (toothpick, inserted in the center of loaf, comes out clean) DO NOT open oven door during the baking process (to avoid causing the bread to sink in the center).

Let cool in pan that has been placed on a wire rack. When cool, run a table knife around pan edges and remove bread. Wrap and store in refrigerator or freezer for up to 2 months. Do not cut until chilled and firm.

After slicing, lightly butter the bread and grill on both sides.

Goodbye old friend. I'm going to miss you.

Medical Marijuana and Mental Health. Pros and Cons

Decent compilation of the pros and cons on this issue. From the diversity of positions it's apparent that the 'Jury is still out' on this issue:



There isn't a wealth of information out there on the mental health benefits of Marijuana. The Government agencies that provide "reports" seem to be locked into the 'Reefer Madness' mindset.

I can tell you that my chronic anxiety has diminished greatly since I started using marijuana and has significantly reduced my use of Xanax. What I don't know is if it is harmful in regards to the other drugs I take for depression and S.I. but I'm willing to take the risk. Anything to get off all these chemicals I've been pouring into my body.

The one booster I take for S.I. is pooping out but I've also noticed a drop in this as well. In the past it has always been a daily event. I've gone for days without thoughts of killing myself. That's a good thing.

Anyway, I thought I'd just throw this out there for discussion. I am not advocating that anyone start using marijuana. That's something you should discuss with your Rx Doc and decide on your own whether you should use it. Like any drug the effects can be different in different people. I just seemed to have adapted to it quite easily.

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