Saturday, October 29, 2011

Snowing in October. Snowing before Halloween. Priceless.

Monday, October 24, 2011


Therapy Developed by Dr. Aaron T. Beck, Cognitive Therapy (CT), or Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), is a form of psychotherapy in which the therapist and the client work together as a team to identify and solve problems. Therapists help clients to overcome their difficulties by changing their thinking, behavior, and emotional responses.

A System of Psychotherapy

Cognitive therapy is a comprehensive system of psychotherapy, and treatment is based on an elaborated and empirically supported theory of psychopathology and personality. It has been found to be effective in more than 400 outcome studies for a myriad of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and substance abuse, among others, and it is currently being tested for personality disorders. It has also been demonstrated to be effective as an adjunctive treatment to medication for serious mental disorders such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Cognitive therapy has been extended to and studied for adolescents and children, couples, and families. Its efficacy has also been established in the treatment of certain medical disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, hypertension, fibromyalgia, post-myocardial infarction depression, noncardiac chest pain, cancer, diabetes, migraine, and other chronic pain disorders. For more information about Beck and CBT click on

Dawn Arising Outside My Bedroom Window

Sunday, October 23, 2011

My Mom with Her Great Granddaughter

This picture touches my heart. We were down the shore 2011.

We Have Incredible Sunrises Here

View from my bedroom window this morning

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Spice and K2

‘Spice’ and ‘K2’: New drugs of abuse now on the market
October 2011, Vol 42, No. 9
Print version: page 23

Synthetic cannabinoids popularly marketed as "K2" and "Spice" are widely available at gas stations and convenience stores in many states, yet addictions researchers know almost nothing about the long-term consequences of using these drugs, according to Ryan Vandrey, PhD, a marijuana researcher at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The products are commonly marketed as incense and labeled "not for human consumption" on the packaging, but buyers smoke the products like marijuana, Vandrey said during a presentation at APA's 2011 Annual Convention. The drugs are made by spraying synthetic cannabinoids on ground-up plant material. Spice and K2 are the most popular brands, but dozens more are on the market, he said.

"These products are used as an alternative to smoking marijuana, especially among people subject to routine drug testing," Vandrey said.
In one clue to the substance's increasing prevalence, poison control centers reported 13 calls referencing the products in 2009. In the first seven months of this year, that number had already reached 3,787, he said.
"Is overdose more likely with these substances, or are they more dangerous than marijuana? We really don't know," he said.

The Drug Enforcement Administration listed five synthetic cannabinoid compounds commonly used in these drugs on the federal schedule of controlled dangerous substances in March, but manufacturers continue marketing the product using synthetic cannabinoid variations not yet scheduled by the DEA, he said.
In an online survey Vandrey conducted, published online in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence in August, he found that 87 percent of 168 users reported they obtained the drug legally, through gas stations, head shops and convenience stores; just 2 percent said they got it illicitly by going to a drug dealer who sells other illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and heroin. About 15 percent reported using the substance daily and 12 percent of respondents met the dependence criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), he said. Regular users reported an average of 67 uses in the past year, he said.

While some states have banned K2 and Spice, users can also order the products online. Some online suppliers will not ship the products to buyers in states that have banned the products, while others will, Vandrey said.


The kitchen has been set up and I added a few touches to the living area. Eventually, the mums I purchased will find a home out on the balcony. We purchased a new microwave, three lamps and one ceiling light fixture for the dining area to replace that god awful white ceiling fan. One lamp went on Bill's desk while the other two lamps went into the master bedroom. Oh and we actually went food shopping. Now that is a miracle! Now, I have something in the refrig besides butter, leftover take out chicken, wine, and milk.

Shaun, Trish and the boys will be stopping over tomorrow. At this location it is a direct route to our new home from where they live. I heard Jackie and Ava recently relocated also. I am really excited for them. I will not mention where they live as well as not mention where I live for the same reasons. We all need to be safe. Though, it would be impossible to come into my place without us being notified. I will be glad to have the children once again visit.

Speaking of which, we are planning a vacation next summer to see the Niagara Falls on the Canadian side. The place we picked out to stay is located directly on the Falls and has its own water park. The kids will love it. We are planning on flying to Toronto. Nikolas will need a passport. The rest of us already have our passports from previous vacations. I will add a few pictures of the work we have done so far on the condo though the pictures may not be so clear as they were shot with a phone. Nevertheless, here they are.

It is very relaxing to lay in bed and watch the clouds pass by. At night, you can see the lights down below. There is a total of seven rooms in our place which includes two bathrooms (full) and two bedrooms. We have two large walk-in closets in addition to a closet that houses the washer/dryer. We have a storage closet, a linen closet, a coat closet and two other large closets for clothes or whatever. I will no longer have to store winter or summer clothes since I now have room for all of them. I think I am going to really like it here. Our plan is to live here for the next nine years then make our final move to the west coast of Florida. As a final note to this post, Jackie, please search your heart and consider reuniting your daughter with me. I miss her so much, it feels physically painful. I love her so much and I feel as though a piece of me is missing. I have moved for her sake more than mine. I do not want to miss the years where she will grow and change. There is a sadness within my heart that I will never be able to fill.