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Springtime photography comes at a price…(3 photos)

Good lighting and pretty colors will almost always draw my camera out into the open.  When I drove by these blossoms, I had to shoot them — their shapes and colors presented an opportunity too good to pass up…. I went out, set my D3300 to “A” and….sneezed!  Again, and again, I sneezed with an… Continue reading Springtime photography comes at a price…(3 photos)

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Practicing what I preach about creativity

Lately, I’ve become quite frustrated by what has been going on in Santa Fe.  Politicians here have a habit of placing the intangible at a higher priority that the tangible.  For example, a few years ago, our politicians passed a law whereby citizens have to purchase brown paper bags (or bring their own recyclable bags)… Continue reading Practicing what I preach about creativity

blogging · Creative Writing · creativity · Writing

Can a cartoon character be my ticket to fame and fortune?

This is Sam. It even says so on his sign.  I’ve been drawing him, on and off, for well over thirty years.  In many ways, he’s the longest lasting non-familial relationship of my life.  He’s been useful to me. He’s been antagonistic towards me. I used to dream about turning Sam the Chicano hippie into… Continue reading Can a cartoon character be my ticket to fame and fortune?

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Vilifying Substances simply doesn’t work…

It’s all too easy to point to a substance and say, “that’s evil” or “that’s the problem with things in my life.”  I’ve written about heroin and its relationship with actual evil, but although I do think the conditions associated with heroin use coupled with heroin’s physical affect can lead to evil, I don’t think… Continue reading Vilifying Substances simply doesn’t work…

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The guitar makes a great writing and self-care tool

I spend quite a lot of time absorbing darkness; it’s not easy hearing the circumstances from which people turn to substances to cope.  Because I am a writer, first and foremost, I scribble as much of the darkness as I can.  But there are times when a pen isn’t enough: I need to dive without… Continue reading The guitar makes a great writing and self-care tool

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Culture connects us all…

Roasting green chile for those of us in Northern New Mexico is as much of a fall ritual as prepping for the holidays.  The other night, I felt like roasting some, and even though it wasn’t Hatch chile, I felt like I was part of something far bigger than myself…. That’s the power of simple… Continue reading Culture connects us all…

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Books sell when authors put forth effort…

Setting out to write, and write to eat, is nothing more than insanity.  Sitting down at a favorite writing table and letting words flow through the divine light of magical inspiration is a romantic and, well, very cool thing to do.  Yet, getting from the writing table to the bank is a process filled with… Continue reading Books sell when authors put forth effort…

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Why a substance abuse counselor blogs…

When I started this blog, my wholehearted intention was to provide educational material to anyone who wants or needs to better understand the way substance abuse and addiction work.  What’s more, since I am a continuing education provider, I figured I would be able to also provide self-study continuing education units (CEUs) to social workers,… Continue reading Why a substance abuse counselor blogs…