georgia in july

jen-22-copyi read poetry in the morning with coffee and jazz and make sense of my aching back, my sore back, my bad shoulder with arthritis already, and I stand straight to find that muscle memory.

I’m usually up for my days early. Body clock.

I catch up on email and work on school. I’m years into doctoral research and study and everybody and I know that it’s now or never.

Now then.

atlanta-forest-at-east-point-copy-copyIn the dark of 4 AM in Atlanta in Georgia, from my study window there is a church with a lot of bright lights on that looks to me like a white shiny beacon in the middle of a hill, a mountain. It shines brightly and I haven’t driven over to see what exactly is there yet.

Georgia in July means that you lay down poison to dissuade snakes off of your property and away from the house. Copperheads. Garter.

Kudzu grows and grows and grows and grows.

Hot. Sticky. Sweaty. A light layer of sweat just stays on me at work but I’m rather busy and physically active at work, but you’re hot and sweaty and tired by 2 PM.


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Dog Eat Dog: Peer Cannibalism

betray [bih-trey]

1.    to deliver or expose to an enemy by treachery or disloyalty:

Benedict Arnold betrayed his country.
2.    to be unfaithful in guarding, maintaining, or fulfilling:

to betray a trust.
3.    to disappoint the hopes or expectations of; be disloyal to:

to betray one’s friends.
4.   to reveal or disclose in violation of confidence:

to betray a secret.
5.   to reveal unconsciously (something one would preferably conceal):

6.  to show or exhibit; reveal; disclose: an unfeeling remark that betrays his lack of concern.
7.  to deceive, misguide, or corrupt: a young lawyer betrayed by political ambitions into irreparable folly.




This has come to my attention again.

Peer Cannibalism.

Those PEERS who disregard SAMHSA and their State oversight agency’s Certified Peer Specialist core principles, ethics and practice who choose to lie and cause harm to others based on untruths.

Peer Cannibalism.

Those PEERS who will blatantly withhold that which is the truth.

Peer Cannibalism.

Those PEERS who will “stab” you in your back.

Peer Cannibalism.


(La Dolce Vita Film Still, Federico Fellini )

Peer Cannibalism.

In short and in sum, PEERS are not ALL exceptional angels. We are in the business of behavioral health (MH/SU, ID, DD). We are all for the basis of this blog, psychiatric “survivors” and should hold our basis for doing PEER work sacred.

Cause no harm to others, yourself, your community, your comrades, your friends, your place of employment.

Remember where you came from. Remember why you got into the work which PEERS do.

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In order to qualify for the 2014 BRSS TACS Peer Awards for Health Reform Education (Due Feb 19, 2014), the participating organization and state that it and you reside in MUST BE AN ELIGIBLE MEDICAID EXPANSION PARTICIPATING STATE.

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