Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Procovery - 14 months later - Mental Health

I became a Procovery facilitator for Procovery:http://www.procovery.com for 14 months now. It’s the best facilitated peer circle format I’ve yet seen. It works for circles that include:
  • - other facilitators
  • - health care providers
  • - family members and support people
  • - People with any mental disorer
    In fact, the process, which is quite defined, can be used with any group of people who have a disease or disorder from which they cannot “recover”. . .that is, go back to their former state of being.
    Procovery is forward looking. . you accept the present, that the past is behind you, and move forward towards hope, satisfaction, and fullfillment. In addition to mental illness, the Procovery model can be used with
  • - people with Diabetes
  • - people who have the illness of Alcoholism
  • - people who are Homeless.
    and so forth.
    I have started two groups so far, one in a Residential Care Facility (RCF) for people who happen to be mentally disordered. The other one is in my home. I’m committed to starting at least 2 more groups or circles before the end of July. One at my church, where they have several programs for the homeless, and one in a church or facility nearby, so that healthcare providers can refer people who are comming out of hospital or residential facilities can have a place to continue their Procovery
    I also have a BLOG that I contribute to 3-5 times a week related to hope, support, and inspiration for people who are PROCOVERING.
    “Procovery – and Friends” http://www.shcrt.blogspot.com

So CHEER me . . . I am DOING it!!!!

Monday, June 26, 2006

e37 race in santa cruz

e37 race in santa cruz
Originally uploaded by lawatt.
I'm so proud of my FAVORITES list:

Lawatt is a photographer I just recently ran across (there are always surprises on flickr). One of her favorite subjects is sailing.
This photo displays an almost perfect point of view, diagonal leading into the frame, and a fabulous range of blue hues.

Visit Lawatt by clicking on the photo or her name.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Tom's Sunflowers 2

Tom's Sunflowers 2
Originally uploaded by Mr. Greenjeans.
You don't always get to see a sunflower so close up that it could be mistaken for a pineapple.
That's what photography is supposed to do, in my book: expand our vision of the world through the eyes of someone who is REALLY looking.
Check out the other photos of "Mr. Greenjeans by clicking on the photo or on his name.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Finances, Saving Money - Part 1 - Breakfast

With your budget, there are only two variables: inflow and outflow. If you spend more than your income, it's called poverty or possibly bankruptcy.
There are several ways to help get to a positive cash flow - Increase your income, and/or decrease your expenses.

Here are three things I have done for several years that save money, and help stem the spending, so I can balance my budget:

1) Cook your own breakfast. Whether you eat cereal, or eggs and hash browns, making it yourself can save TONS of money in a year.
Let's see: 1/2 of a 3 egg omelet and a hash brown patty = ONE Quarter !! (eggs are about a dime each, I get hash browns for about 10 cents each) Time, you say? Well it takes me 10 minutes to make my own pretty good breakfast. It would probably take me just as long to drive to a fast-food restaurant and go through the drive-through. And the cost at a fast food? Well, what do YOU spend. . .$1.25, $2.00, or what? Let's say that you spend TWO DOLLARS a day (just on weekdays). That comes to $1.75 saved for 10 minutes effort, or an hourly wage of $10.50.

Or, to put it another way, if you save $1.75 (or whatever you spend) 5 days each week, that's $455.00 per year. Enough to buy an IPod, or a pretty good digital camera, or make one month's rent. . .

Stay tuned for the second and third easy idea. . .

Friday, June 16, 2006

I think.... therefore I am!

I think.... therefore I am!
Originally uploaded by FlowrBx.
I have seen lots of photos of gorillas. What makes this exceptional is that it is truly creative. The angle and height of the camera, the pose of the subject, the tight "crop" all make this photo interesting and captivating. For more photos by "FlowrBx", just click on the photo.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

kephren stare

kephren stare
Originally uploaded by Djuliet.
This is one of the best portraits I've seen in awhile. Intense, direct, and moody.
Very eloquent. Click on the pic to see more by Djuliet