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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

Addiction Education · addiction recovery · addiction treatment · drug and alcohol abuse · substance abuse · substance abuse treatment

If an addict hurts you, forgive — every time…

“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.” ― Oprah Winfrey I can’t say I’m an Oprah Winfrey fan. However, I do think that the statement she makes about forgiveness is as psycho-emotionally accurate as anything I or any other treatment provider can say. There’s very few who could argue with… Continue reading If an addict hurts you, forgive — every time…

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?

Addiction Education · addiction treatment · Leadership · substance abuse treatment · Writing

Addiction Treatment providers should clients as people, not as stomachs…

If there’s one thing I’ve studied consistently over the years, it’s leadership. I’ve been able to lead people towards their goals pretty much all of my life. Not only have I been successful as a leader professionally, but I’ve also formally studied the concepts behind leadership psychology and if there’s one thing of which I’m… Continue reading Addiction Treatment providers should clients as people, not as stomachs…

Writing · Photography

3 cool things about sucking at photography

When I first bought my Nikon DR3300 DSLR camera, I had no idea I would dig it so much.  I can’t say I know what I’m doing or that I have any skills as a photographer.  As a matter of fact, I can even go so far as to say that I suck: I often… Continue reading 3 cool things about sucking at photography

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An open letter to Santa Fe’s City Council: the Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax will only make the poor even poorer!

Originally posted on Addicted to Words:
I am writing with extreme concern about the proposed “Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax Ordinance” and I’ll get right to the point: The ordinance speaks, at great length, about the health risks associated with consuming sugar but keeps a painful fact hidden within the Pre-K window dressing: Poverty is the main…

Photography · Writing

Although nothing stays the same, photography gives me a sense of permanence

It’s not easy to be a “change agent,” which I have been in one way or another all of my life.  That is, I have guided individuals and organizations through the process of changing from one state to another as long as I can remember.  Whether I’ve led an organization’s software conversion or led a… Continue reading Although nothing stays the same, photography gives me a sense of permanence

Addiction Education · addiction recovery · religion and spirituality · substance abuse · substance abuse treatment

Confusion and despair don’t have to be all-powerful…

Because I’ve lived a life “in between”: in-between cultures and in-between languages, I know what it’s like to be confused.  There were many times when I was too immature to understand that participating in two cultures was a source of strength, not a source of shame.  But, there was a time that I didn’t quite… Continue reading Confusion and despair don’t have to be all-powerful…