christmas 18

29 days until Christmas Eve (again)

28 more sleeps till She is Home (again)

a month of turning, tides, solstice wintering again

She is a soft lovely beauty

i’m taken to her folly and her lands of delight and of dreaming

her left eye is the dreamiest

in the last it was the right

with Her i look East and to the Southerner lands and levees and water

for turtles, for blue fish in aqua waters warm, for Mexico

“Get your passport in case you need to escape,” is no joke


The Shootings

Last year’s Orlando shootings followed by the November National 2016 Elections were tantamount to the events that informed my going underground and to a better footing of safety in a dangerous terroristic world changing, shifting, abandoning, losing me.

The Depression ensued and it was terrible.

Winter came and left.

Spring came and left.

Summer was a wash.

Tonight’s Halloween and my forever lover and I will meet beneath the silvery islip of Luna tonight, hence.

I’m returning to Orlando the 1st week of December to meet with my Shaman for cleansing and visioning.

I didn’t believe I could go into the city again.

I didn’t believe I could go away like I did and like how I have been doing.

Hiding from the Trump Administration and seeing the world prepare for implosion is something now akin to a cigarette with 4 AM hot coffee. They are together, one and for always it seems now. He’s the shit under shoe that won’t wash away. He’s stink.

My world is changing again.

You must not ever stop being whimsical.

And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.

Mary Oliver, Upstream (2016).

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White Paper and Teleconference Webinar July 18 REGISTRATION LINK

Space is limited.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

This TA-lk Webinar will inform and inspire, and show how to take action. The focus will be improving US peer leadership and US domestic workforce development utilizing Certified Peer Specialists (CPS), Recovery Coaches (RC), and Community Health Worker Promotoras (CHW), together with Licensed Integrated Care Professionals (LICP), in an integrated care environment via the Lived Experience Workforce Development model. It also will increase awareness of current innovative and emergent effective models, programs, initiatives, and services specifically designed for peers, persons in recovery, and those working in integrated care settings (e.g., Health Homes, Person Centered Medical Homes, Federally Qualified Health Centers).


Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.


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Pamela Hardin, MBA, M.Ed, Instructional Designer, State of Texas HHSC; Principal Investigator and Co-Author, “White Paper:  US Peer Leadership and Workforce Development.”

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John Brekke, PhD,Professor,Frances G. Larson Professor of Social Work Research, University of Southern California School of Social Work.



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Ken Minkoff, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard University Medical School; Representataive, BRSS TACS Advisory Council, Representative, American Association of Community      Psychiatrists; Senior Policy Partner, Meadows Mental Health Institute for Texas; Senior System Consultant, ZiaPartners, Inc., San Rafael, California.





  •  Define a policy framework for maximizing access to integrated peer support and recovery support in a recovery oriented integrated system of care.
  •  Describe the pros and cons of various strategies and approaches to expanding peer support and the peer workforce.
  •  Identify the primary reason people with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues die an average of 25 years earlier than the general population.
  •  Identify three peer support entry level paid positions.
  •  Identify who benefits when lived experience and taking personal responsibility for health and wellness are respected instead of stigmatized.


  • US Certified Peer Specialists, Recovery Coaches and Community Health Worker Promotoras;
  • Peers and persons in recovery, current and past recipients of mental health and substance abuse services, and family members;
  • Peer-run and provider organizations;
  • Community- and faith-based organizations that support individuals with mental and substance use disorders;
  • State, county behavioral health departments;
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers and Look-Alikes;
  • Health Homes and Person Centered Medical Homes;
  • Policy makers and decision makers;
  • Integrated behavioral health and physical health care providers.
System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet