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Testing THC in the Psych Ward (Part 3)

“Crazy Hallowe’en, huh?” “Really. Quietest one I’ve had in years.” My fellow THC test subject, Hal, and I had figured on a wild Hallowe’en in the psych ward, complete with visions, spirits, demons, and various hallucinations. Not a chance, it … Continue reading

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Santa at the Psych Center

Hooray for holiday heroes — a huge shout-out to everyone working this Christmas Day, whatever your work may be: clerk, cop, firefighter, military,  hotel staff, or a janitor at any public facility open today. I see you out there — … Continue reading

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Once Upon a House (5)…Austin again

I headed to back Austin after working another month in the sheet metal shop, this time intent on settling down. My buddy, Derek, was leaving town, so I moved into his place off W. 6th, and then house-sat for my … Continue reading

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Pie Fights on the Psych Ward

Nothing quite like a good old-fashioned pie fight to relieve tension. The first time I put a pie in somebody’s face, it was my my brother’s friend and roommate, Neil. He got it during his first appearance as head of … Continue reading

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Back to Basics

Previously, I’ve described working with individuals in a residential treatment facility, the Brown Schools, and how that has influenced much of my thinking about learning and behavior. All my subsequent jobs and freelance projects have, in some way or another built … Continue reading

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Dancing Lessons from God

“Unusual travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.” — Bokonon (AKA Kurt Vonnegut) Vonnegut’s phrasing there in Cat’s Cradle always delights me. It captures the whimsy and wonder of serendipity in shaping our lives, and not just in travel, either. So many … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, back at the Ranch…

Love that phrase! Especially loved using it appropriately during the 15 years I worked at the Brown Schools Ranch Treatment Center (now Texas Neurorehab Center). I started as a Mental Health Worker on Lariat, a locked living unit for individuals … Continue reading

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