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?
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…
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…
When the day started, I saw a hawk and had to get a shot of it. Even though I was on the Interstate, I was able to pull over and walk to the base of the pole in order to get the best view I could. I zoomed in to the 200 setting and shot away: It… Continue reading All I need is a camera to alter my consciousness — no drugs!
I wrote Journey to Aztlan to show people that there is hope for those who are stricken with Depression. For me, I found healing by returning to the very source of who I am and I believe that if everyone does so, they will find their own truth. Journey to Aztlan means so much to… Continue reading Free Gift to my Readers: Download Journey to Aztlan
A key concept within the Catholic faith is the communion of saints. This communion is between the living and the souls within purgatory and the saints within heaven. For me, the communion of saints is what got me through adolescence. When I was twelve, my great-grandmother died. I was absolutely devastated when she passed; there… Continue reading The Communion of Saints is the key to my creative flow
I’m thrilled that FINALLY I’ll get to read and discuss 49 Tips and Insights for Understanding Addiction is Santa Fe! It hasn’t been easy getting support from my hometown, but after knocking on doors, OpCit Bookstore will host me on September 24th, at 2PM. Though I’ve done several readings in support of the 49 Tips,… Continue reading Join Juan Blea at OpCit Bookstore 9/24!
As empty seats filled, I felt the energy rise. A jacket draped across a set of chairs filled me with a sense that this event would be well attended. I walked outside to begin my pre-gig ritual. I placed the earbuds into my ears, cranked up “Right Now” by Van Halen, and thanked God for… Continue reading A book reading that became a peak experience
In my constant search for all that is good and strong and beautiful, I sometimes find things in unexpected places. I don’t usually place any hope in the tourist traps that Santa Fe puts on; but this year, I found a booth that displays what I can only describe as functional art. Delilah’s Designs, booth… Continue reading Visit Booth 124 at Contemporary Spanish Market for the BEST in custom woodwork!