Love this pic! BP Power in da house!!!!

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

Photo taken by contributor Ty Fitzgerald, a man who has been diagnosed with Bipolar II. Ty has a fondness for Lo-fi and Lux filters because they intensify shadows, highlights and colors. Such photos visually represent the way he sees the world, a little brighter and darker than he imagines those without bipolar disorder see the world.

About this photo: “This photo of a lamppost is compelling because of a menacing sky moving towards a single light. I think this can be taken two ways. It is either the power of light holding steadfast against the storm, or the certainty that the storm will destroy the light. In Florida we have incredible sunsets with amazing clouds almost every day, but I was so overwhelmed with these clouds, I had to run out of my house and photograph them.”


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Healing the body/mind with the willingness to feel

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

Focusing is a wonderful method of body oriented meditation. Will Hall writes about it here. I was influenced early on by reading the book about it. Today, I came upon the below quote by Eugene Gendlin,  the author of of the book and thought I would share it here with some additional thoughts and links to related posts. Certainly this sort of meditative process is part of my own healing experience.

Many of us spend a life time avoiding our emotional pain and it does become more and more toxic as long as we keep it buried. It will literally make us ill, physically and mentally as Bessel Van talks about in the book, The Body Keeps Score. The little quip, “What you resist, persists” has proven very true in my life. The only way out of that trap is to stop avoiding and learn in whatever way makes sense to us as individuals…

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Sam Asks: What Does It Mean to “become” a Reader?

Reflections of a Book Addict

rnfk“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’ He didn’t say any more, but we’ve always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

I have read that opening a thousand times and thought long about that second part, the no judgement part. Less frequently I think about the first part, the idea of someone older and wiser giving you a tidbit of information that is lasting and meaningful. I have had this experience a few times, mostly from my parents and other mentors.

A few weeks ago someone said something to me that I’ve…

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Link love: language (61)

Sentence first

It’s a couple of months since I did a language linkfest, so before it gets out of hand again here’s a selection of linguistic and word-related items I’ve enjoyed over the last while.

A dictionary of hip-hop slang.

On the history and pragmatics of ping.

The future will see fewer, and simpler, languages. (Or will it?)

The global language network.

Spelling reformers get the wrong end of the stick.

Geniorum octopodes? A pedantic guide to borrowed inflections.

The Ling Space: videos introducing linguistic topics.

How old is the nickname Mike?

Using strikethrough for communication.

Celebrating the survival of aboriginal languages.

26 language writers on their favourite portmanteau words.

What are the best things to use as a bookmark?

Bae is an adjective and a verb now.

Did Celtic languages influence English grammar?

How the language of TV shows sheds light…

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Yoga is Awesome!

Camron Gilley – Deep Release Yoga!

Camron Gilley – Hatha Foundations!

Camron Gilley – Breath!

Tara Lee  –  Tight Neck Yoga!

Ashley Turner  –  Yoga for Weight Loss

Ashley Turner  –  Loving Kindness

Healing Yoga – Kate Potter

Amber’s Yoga Playlist

Work Yoga – 5 Minutes!

Work Yoga – 15 Minutes!

Morning Work Yoga 6 Minutes

Ashley Turner Page

Ashley Turner – Confidence and Courage Meditation

Ashley Turner – Anger and Fear Elimination Meditation

Tantric Yoga – Samantha Brown

Whole Body Warm Up – Five Minutes

Quick Yoga – Mara Branscomb

Quick Stretch – 


Here is the Key: buk/nazzdogg

Camron Gilley – Deep Release Yoga!

Are We Prepared for President Obama’s Free Community Colleges?



Earlier this month, President Obama proposed reducing the cost of community colleges to “zero.” Mr. Obama said: “I want to make it free.”

As the Washington Post suggested in a subsequent editorial, “investing in education is a smart long-term strategy” when addressing income inequality and American competitiveness. The Post proposes means testing community college assistance to prevent the program from becoming a “new middle class entitlement” and adopting strategies like increasing Pell Grants that could be used for undergraduate students at four-year institutions as well.

Let’s divide the implications of a free community college into two categories: the philosophical and the practical.

On a philosophical level, the President’s goal to make a community college education free for Americans is ambitious and laudatory. In doing so, Mr. Obama makes an important policy statement about his own education legacy. His proposal is clear and unambiguous in principle. Further, Mr. Obama’s proposal outlines…

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So talented!

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

Please welcome first-time contributor Nicolart, a 23-year-old man from Bogotá, Columbia, who has been diagnosed with bipolar II. He is a suicide attempt survivor currently living with his parents and sister who are trying hard to understand his bipolar disorder. Right now he is in mixed state of depression and hypomania. Nicolart is a student of graphic design. He loves photography, especially digital photography inspired by surrealism. The photos he creates convey his emotional states.

About this photo: “Freedom is something I forget I have when I’m depressed. While birds can fly, I’m locked inside my mind. I wish I could have wings, like that black bird, and just hide from my illness, because I really hate being bipolar. It’s something I have to deal for the rest of my life.”

See more from Nicolart at his website.


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How Jessica Mitford Exposed A $48m Scam From America’s Literary Establishment

David Gaughran

Cerf1Jessica Mitford took on the American funeral industry, the California Department of Corrections, and the Ku Klux Klan, but it was her 1970 exposé of The Famous Writers School which led to Time calling her “The Queen of the Muckrakers.” And if a courageous editor hadn’t reversed his decision to kill her story, it might never have happened.

Mitford had been aware of The Famous Writers School’s existence for some time. Anyone who was a frequent reader of newspapers, books or magazines would have seen its ever-present advertisements, inviting aspiring writers to cut out and apply for the free aptitude test. While Mitford was suspicious, she didn’t have anything concrete until her lawyer husband took on a new client.

Bob Treuhaft was approached by a 72-year old widow, living on Social Security, who had cleaned out her bank account to make a down-payment to The Famous Writers School. On the…

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New Year: My One Word for 2015 and Why I Can’t Leave 2014 Behind

Such Small Hands

In Korea people don’t stay up until midnight to ring in the New Year. Instead, they get up in the middle of the night and they hike a mountain. They climb through the dark, snowy pre-dawn hours and when they reach the top they stand with their faces to the sky to greet the first sunrise of the New Year.

What a contrast to how we in the West often enter the New Year – stumbling out of bed at noon, tired and quite possibly hungover. For many, January 1st is a day of recovery. We spend New Year’s Eve celebrating the ending of something and the beginning of a new thing. We bombard the internet with reflections on the previous year. Even the less introspective among us take a moment to declare the past year, “the best” or “the hardest” or “the craziest” year of their lives.

I can…

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The Irrefutable Best Books of 2014, As Determined by Science*

For those of us who love complex literature, I can personally recommend Bone clocks by David Mitchell….loved it!

Sorry Television

IMG_0092It’s been a trying year here at Sorry Television. Sidetracked by work—and, let’s be honest, an endless procession of binge-worthy Netflix inventory—I am set to close out 2014 with a mere 32 books under my belt, near enough to bi-weekly that I should probably rebrand as You’re Welcome Television (subtitle: Reading Books Every So Often, Like When the Power Goes Out). I’m already planning redemptive 2015 reading goals (a book a day? a book an hour?) but for the time being I’ll have to accept mediocrity, and foist as much blame as possible on a shorter commute’s ability to stymie even the most dedicated bibliophile.

But I can claim a smidge of productivity this month, which is why I’m Indiana-Jonesing under the content door that is Christmas week to bring you The Irrefutable Best Books of 2014, a master list of this year’s greatest hits, as determined by 21 other “best of”s written by people who have actually read them…

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