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I write haikus sometimes. Many of them were inspired by Robin, my girlfriend. For those not familiar with them, a haiku is an unrhymed poem with verse structure of Japanese origin. It is composed of three lines containing usually five, seven, and five syllables. I wrote two recently that are examples of the power of Robin’s Spiritual connection with all living things. Their significance for me is best explained in a little story. Before I met Robin, there was nothing on the cement patio in the backyard at my Dad’s house but a broken, oxidized, green plastic chair. I was not inspired to change that. It was invisible to my mind’s eyes. There were no birdhouses, no birdbath, no plants other than an overgrown jumble along a fence line. Robin visualized ways to bring this cement and grass wasteland come to life. In an amazingly short period of time, green outdoor carpet and 2 patio tables with umbrellas and chairs made their way from the Salvation Army store and Costco to [...]
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Some military veterans struggle with fireworks. 
 
From the Washington Post: "The 4th of July is coming, and so are the fireworks. There are bottle rockets that sound like a Kalashnikov round snapping through tree branches, and the distant ones that feel like artillery. For many, those cheap made-in-China explosive devices are the best part of their beer-soaked, barbecue sauce-slathered Independence Day. But for some — namely, combat veterans — fireworks elicit mixed responses."
As we celebrate our freedom on the 4th of July, we certainly need to be aware of the needs of those who fought to preserve it. I am a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). They have been my #1 charity for about 5 years, since my friend told me about them. They work to raise funds and awareness on mental and emotional health issues, and are available for free referrals seemingly everywhere. I have never seen this issue (fireworks' effects on combat veterans) addressed before. [...]
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Hi ,                         
This is Alan Ross Haynes. and I am writing to tell you that for the first time, lyrics and the story behind the songs on my new release“Out of Hand”are available for free just by going to the Music section of my website at http://alanrosshaynes.com/music.html   and clicking on any of the songs on the “Out of Hand” album.
I hope you enjoy reading them as you listen!

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI is the number one advocate for the mentally ill and those suffering emotional disorders in the US.
Their representatives and volunteers can be found most anywhere in this country from metropolitan areas to the most rural areas in America. Outside of my church, they are my number one charity. I have recommended them to several friends who were reaching out for help, and they have never failed to find Service regardless of individual financial circumstances.
At a time when we have relegated so many of our mentally ill to prison or homelessness, NAMI provides educational workshops and publications while fighting for funding. Congress continues to slash funding for the treatment of mental illness. it is up to people like you and me to help.
My mother left this earth a little over a dozen years ago. I honor her memory every year on Mother's Day and the anniversary of her birthday with a charitable contribution, regardless of my financial situation. [...]
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Death by Methadone

Posted on April 28, 2015 with 0 comments
Deadly abuse of methadone tops other prescription drugs
Fatal overdoses of methadone rose at a higher rate than those involving any other narcotic from 1999 through 2004, according to a recent study by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-02-12-methadone_x.htm  
2012 info on fatal methadone use from the CDC…Recent analyses have shown that methadone was involved in one in three opioid-related deaths in 2008 (7). Moreover, the involvement of methadone in drug overdose deaths, in toxic exposures quantified by poison centers, and in diversion to nonpatients is disproportionate to the number of methadone prescriptions for pain when compared with other opioid pain relievers (3,8).
 
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6126a5.htm  
Personal Note: This mortality rate can be confirmed in countless more recent studies, with the trend continuing to the present time. The biggest problem we face is the lack of [...]
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