will brady's ruminations
recharging my batteries
I'm at the Creative Revolution in Healing: Turning Our Minds Around retreat this week
. Set in the Litchfield County foothills, some ninety or so souls hope to accomplish some currently intangible goals; essentially working to clarify what real alternatives exists to conventional mental health system treatments.
We've already talked about Loren Mohser's Soteria
as well as other options. A fresh breeze away from forced meds and indifferent clinicians who seem more pre-occupied with "boundary issues" than actually providing care and support for folks in emotional or psychic need.
I'm pleasantly surprised to see so many people I know at this event. I feel at home and a bit freer about expressing my thoughts than I would be in other venues.
Labels: alternatives, mental health, spirituality
There's nothing crappy about the trench,
although what you see is a new connect to the town's sewer system. So now we will no longer be the last house on the sewer line.
When the line was initially completed, we held a party celebrating the underground watershed that was recently discovered. No party any longer.
Our town's system is simple and each property has a grinder pump to help with breaking down the effluents before going to the treatment plant, approximately a mile or so away.
IN addition, the work is occurring very close to an existing storm drain. That drain system is well over 100 years old, built underground and covered with massive granite capstones. They are, in fact, historic underground structures. Certainly no one famous is attached to the drainage system [though Ephardotus Champion, who built the house on the hill above us, may have had a part in it's construction... not that I'll ever know for sure.
But I'll be glad when it is over. The digging is only thirty feet [if not less] from our dug well. And while the well is above the trench, I am concerned about how the digging might impact the groundwater table.
Labels: drainage, road work, sewers, water supply
A watercolor from a pleasant visit to Belize
Labels: Belize, ocean, sunset, travel
ministry of justice
worth a repeat | "It would be a lot easier if this were a dictatorship, just so long as I'm the dictator"
I've started a long overdue review of links on the right side of the page
. In the process, I've found a few of my old favorites continue firing my synapses.
. This literary arts oriented weblog continues to amaze and interest me.
, who, by the way, came up with some thought-provoking reasons to support his idea as to why Scooter Libby's commuted sentence is a big yawn
, and why not to get upset about it.
provides a link to a YouTube ditty, deceptively soft-styled music that indicts the Bush-Cheney-Satan craziness
that permeates the planet these days.
makes yet another sharp aside about the Scooter Libby criminal nonsense
[and provides a clever take on Nazi Era propaganda poster art to boot!
I was heartened to see that the Dervaes family's urban homesteading Path To Freedom
continue to keep the march to everyday resource sustainability alive. And on only a 1/5 acre spot of land!
It was also encouraging to see that David is still posting at Otherstream
, and still making wry observations about the passing scene
. David's Planet Soma
was one of the first disciplined and well-written personal weblogs I'd ever come across.
Glad, too, that Ratical
continues to offer it's Rat Haus Reality
to keep the rest of us aware of what times we live in.
I would be remiss if I neglected to make note of Mike Power's
discovery of the Anal Sex for Christ site
. [as the expression goes, you can't make this stuff up
And the always queer and irreverent No Milk Today
makes note of his mother's constant question "So when are you getting married
?" knowing full well he'd have to make it through reparation therapy
successfully first [a treatment modality that doesn't have a very convincing track record].
Finally, I make note of John Barger's Robot Wisdom
. Crisp and concise. Let's you know what's stimulating his brain.
Now that I'm on a roll, I hope I can keep this site busy and provide something that can keep your attention regularly, especially since my readership has more than tripled since my trip to Europe.
Labels: blogs, reviews, websites