Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Everything You Think You Know....

The Opposite of Addiction is Not Recovery it is “CONNECTION.” I heard this a while back, probably on another Ted Talk. Today a friend of mine who works in Colorado posted another similar talk to his feed. So I went and watched it. One can never get enough of Ted Talks in my opinion. When we were/are out there using, for most of us, we are isolated, and alone. And we engage in soul destroying activities like drinking and drug use. We become, “Disconnected” from ourselves, our families and our friends. A well known psychologist in the U.S. studied this problem, also looking at how the U.S. and other countries punish, shame, incarcerate and disconnect addicts from their lives and others. In Portugal, they decriminalized all drugs and began providing “connections” for them. They got them help, the state actually participates in rehabilitating addicts back into society, wherein they go to a business and say to them … “if you will employ this person, we will pay half their salary.” They are building people up, instead of tearing them down. Punishing, shaming and incarcerating addicts is the wrong approach, as said by those who have studied this problem, Worldwide. Another scientist took lab rats and in one case, put a solitary rat in a cage, with two water bottles. One was regular water, the other water laced with heroin. The lone rat, with no connection or activity, drank the heroin water until it was dead. He placed another rat in a cage with the same two water bottles. But in this cage he added a rat run, with slides, caves and things to do. The second rat, ignored the heroin water, never drinking from that bottle and it stayed clean. He never mentions ways to get sober in his talk. The entire talk was centered around making human connections, for addicts, and just how we can do that for our friends and families. The Human Connection is the most important aspect of our lives, whether we are using drugs and alcohol or not. In today’s day and age, with the prevalence of social media in all its forms, humans are devolving into their smart phones and gaming consoles and music delivery systems and totally disengaging themselves from other human beings.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wouter Hamel - The Lights

Friday, February 6, 2009:

"After 'Hamel', Wouter Hamel released his second album this week, called
'Nobody's Tune'. Very creative arrangements, jazzy, sweet, sensual and
true. A natural crooner. His music has a timeless quality and it's
currently on high rotation on my iPod."

 And this song is from February 2014, five years later.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Isn´t She Lovely

Kate Bush receives London Evening Standard Award in the category ´Editor´ for her 'Before The Dawn' tour. The awards, now in their 60th year, are presented annually for outstanding achievements in London theatre, and were hosted tonight by comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Adieu

As I've announced earlier, I started a new blog on WordPress. So I've been wrapping things up. I've emptied the sidebar for most part and also my Blogger profile. It's almost like moving house (and in a way, it is). So this was it, folks. Five-and-a-half years, 853 posts and 466 comments, appr. 43,000 visits and 64,000 page views. Well, some blogs have bigger audiences, but who cares, it was fun to do. The median entry is at October 6, 2008.