Boy Interrupted

This is a heartbreaking documentary from 2009 about a boy who was diagnosed with depression at age 5, then later, with bipolar disorder. The movie is as much about his family and friends as it is about him, but the main character is depression. Whether you know anyone who suffers from depression or not, you should watch this awesome movie.

Even though I’ve suffered from constant physical pain for 30 years, I don’t think I’ve ever suffered as much as this young boy, Evan Scott Perry. It’s stories like this that have convinced me that physical and mental pain are very much the same. And it reminds me how much DNA plays a part in mental illness, and that it’s not always caused by abuse or violence. It also helps me to understand why people who suffer from pain turn to drugs — and yet I still wonder which drugs really work the best for both mental illness and chronic pain.

This young man was on Lithium, and it obviously helped, but like many who suffer from mental illness, he didn’t like the side effects. And like many with mental illnesses, he stopped taking his medication. The psychiatric community would blame Evan’s suicide on the lack of prescription medication, but I think that’s only partly true. I understand Evan’s desperation — I’ve been there. I’m just not sure there’s a “cure” for that level of pain.

I salute Evan’s tremendous bravery in fighting his illness and the courage of his family to make this poignant movie. (And I’m happy to report that the closed captioning option for this movie works, unlike other youtube videos.)

If you are struggling with addiction or depression, it may seem like there are few options for treatment, especially ones that are successful. But, there are programs that are working, like this one:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/11/02/452658644/what-happens-if-you-try-to-prevent-every-single-suicide

And for a comedic look at bipolar disorder, there’s always Silver Linings Playbook, and I can recommend this one from 2014 (with Mark Ruffalo, need I say more?):

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1969062/

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Meet Merle, The Squirrel

I Hear Something

I Hear Something

Sunbathing

Sunbathing

Sunbathing The Tail

Sunbathing The Tail

Contemplating The Sorry State Of World Affairs

Contemplating The Sorry State Of World Affairs

As Always, Thoughts Turn To Sex... (Censored)

As Always, Thoughts Turn To Sex… (Censored)

Freeway Entrance For Squirrels (Hairy Rats)

Freeway Entrance For Squirrels

Photos taken yesterday.

Happy November

In Houston where I used to live, there was a gas station on every corner and all along the freeways. The prices between stations would fluctuate by maybe a few cents per gallon. Here in Albuquerque, there aren’t as many gas stations and the prices can fluctuate by 10 cents or more. (I also saw a cash-only price yesterday of $1.92 per gallon.)

The government in Santa Fe doesn’t know what to do about the low price of oil, since this state’s revenue depends on it. Political pundits like to guess at how much revenue the state is losing every day… seems illogical to depend on the price of oil for something as important as revenue. (But what do I know.)

In other news, Governor Martinez was in Hawaii last week raising money for the GOP.

(Photo taken yesterday.)

Purpose

http://fortune.com/2015/11/03/the-big-profits-behind-purpose/

Purpose is the new business strategy. And socially-minded core values can help drive results. That was the theme of a wide-ranging discussion by on Tuesday at Fortune’s Global Forum in San Francisco between three corporate leaders who’ve reset their company’s missions along these lines…

https://encore.org/prize/about/

The Purpose Prize, now in its ninth year, is the nation’s pre-eminent large-scale investment in people over 60 who are combining their passion and experience for social good. The Prize awards at least $100,000 annually to individuals creating new ways to solve tough social problems. The 2014 Purpose Prize awarded $300,000 to six individuals…

http://thepurposeinstitute.com/index.php/testimonials/

TESTIMONIALS

The Purpose Institute has helped corporations, non-profits, educational institutions and entire geographic regions identify core values and channel their power to make a difference in the lives of the people they serve…

“The work we did with the Purpose Institute has proven to be some of the most enduring, most impactful work we’ve done here. A decade ago, in partnership with marketing, our PR team, and many others inside Walmart, the Purpose Institute helped us to bring the inspiring words of Sam Walton to life. The result was a new mission statement and a renewed sense of purpose for 2 million associates worldwide: “We Save People Money So They Can Live Better.” The words resonate inside and outside the halls of Walmart as powerfully today as they did when Mr. Walton said them decades ago, and the Purpose Institute was key in helping us to make this project a reality.”

TONY ROGERS
CMO, WALMART CHINA

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”  Carl Jung

“The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.”  Rainer Maria Rilke

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”  Pablo Picasso

From Wikipedia:  Purpose is the upcoming fourth studio album by Canadian singer Justin Bieber. It is scheduled for release on November 13, 2015…

(Photo taken 10/25/2015.)