Recently my I visited my Uncle at his home and noticed that he seemed a bit “off”. His leg one leg and foot was swollen and he was acting funny. His leg and foot had no lesions. And he was able to move them.
Now, if I tell you my Uncle was acting funny and you knew him, you would think I was a bit funny. He was still smoking his ganja like there was no tomorrow and cracking jokes… and trying to con me left and right but he seemed slower than usual. And I know a man slows down at 60 (almost 61), but he wasn’t his normal self.
Now, my Uncle was discharged from USMC during Vietnam sometime before I was born. Since then he has been a career con-man. I won’t even get into the things he has said or done for they are deplorable. But somehow he conned himself back into the system and is now drawing some sort of pension from the V.A. administration.
Anyhow, regardless of the things he’s done, he’s still my Uncle and I love him. He makes it hard to love him. But love him, I do. My grandmother is dead, so is my mom (she orphaned me when I was 13). My grandfather abandoned them all as young children and my aunt was murdered sometimes back in 1972. He is the patriarch of our small of family of 13. I’m not ready to lose him. I’m not ready to let go of that last piece of my mother. Call it selfish or whatever you need to call it.
So I left his house and called my older sister who is a nurse and told her about Uncle’s leg and foot. She said to tell him to get his butt to the ER. And I did call him and I basically got a big FU.
For about the last 12 years my Uncle has been on a ridiculous amount of prescription drugs prescribed to him by his psychiatrist at the V.A. hospital. My sister and I have discussed this often enough. He carries a duffel bag of drugs with him, popping them like skittles. I would say it is safe to assume he is addicted. Of the various drugs I know him to be on, I will list Morphine, Hydrocodone Vicodine, Oxycontin, Valium among approximately a list of 15 or 16 meds. What I never did understand is why his psychiatrist would barrage him with pain medications in such HUGE amounts.
His psychiatrist, I feel is a quack. Myself being a Dead Head, he once suggest we do LSD together back about 1998. From there on out the guy lost all credibility with me and I wanted to blow him in to the AMA Board.
My Uncle never went to the ER. The next day he ended up being admitted to the VA Hospital and almost died. Apparently he ran out of Hydrocodone and almost died. He suffered some brain damage and is now blind.
Walking into the V.A. Hospital I was mortified. There was no staff at the front desks or in any of the offices. Any bum could walk in off the street and find a nice place to sleep. When I got to my Uncle’s floor, the nurses at the front desk were miserable, rude and unhelpful. I noticed the rooms were ridiculously small. A food tray sat in front of my Uncle for over two hours. I know my Uncle is blind now, but leaving a food tray in front of anyone is just plain disgusting. When I asked the nurse in the hall way where I could discard it she was rude to me and responded that she was “busy”, which pushed me over the edge.
I know it’s a government funded hospital, but all I could keep think was…. this is how we treat these men and women thought FOUGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM?? What THE FRICK! Give me an effing break! They should be treated like royalty!!!
I was disgusted. My Uncle is far from being a saint. I will admit that. But give the man his dignity.
For the schitty way they treated him and the fact he couldn’t see, he still asked for money to buy the nurses pizza and wings on Super Bowl Sunday – in hopes they would allow him to listen to the game.
Regardless, I was appalled. I was appalled at the hospital. The staff. The cocktail of drugs my Uncle needs to sustain his existence?
More so, it got me thinking… are these hospitals funded, in part, by pharmaceutical companies? Keep these men and women doped up and drugs and ADDICTED to them… insanely addicted to them, to the point where if they go off of them they will die? Like my Uncle is at this stage in his life.
Does anyone have any information on this? Does anyone have any information about the V.A. Hospital in Syracuse , NY ?
“A Room of One’s Own” was the title of an I think essay by Virginia Woolf (pictured above) and to be perfectly honest the Mack kind of skimmed through her stuff in college but I think the gist of this essay (or possibly book) was that everyone needs one and you can’t get anything done until you have one and that was a great feminist statement and la la la.
In any case Mack Daddy’s three boys have each been clamoring for one and Mack has decided it’s high time to accede to their requests.
They’ve been living like Katrina flood-victims all together on mattresses in the same room for too long. Each on a mattress on the floor, about a foot apart and that’s the way they’ve wanted it, but no more.
They’re all in a tiny room on the third floor, and the reason they like it that way is they tell each other ghost stories about how ghosts come in “through te vent” and so forth, and freak each other out, so they’re too frightened to sleep alone.
So now the Mack has rented an office external to the home, and it’s been a good thing to do so: now I have a “room of my own,” as well, and it’s sick how productive I’ve been, and it makes me ill to think how much I could have accomplished had I done this earlier.
Now each of my kids will get a “room of his own”: the older two are happy about it. The whole process is/has been driven by the wishes of the middle child, actually, JJ (age 9). He wants some privacy and his own space and then he was copied by his older brother, Nick, age (just turned) 12 who wants one too. Puberty approaches and its time for him to have some privacy.
So now Mack Daddy is like other daddies. I get up, put on an outfit, and go to work. For too long (I tell people, who recoil in horror) I have taken OFF my pants to symbolize the beginning of my work day.
(It may be too much information, but yes Mack Daddy has been writing in his boxers for some time.)
Time to put on the pants of a man. And it’s time for my children to likewise each have a “room of one’s own.”
What is Isometric exercise? It is a type of workout that has been used for thousands of years and is strength training, without changing the angle of joint movement or muscle length. A example of this type of activity is placing your feet flat on the floor and just pushing down, this action will make your muscle contract and holding steady will make your muscles stronger.
Isometrics used for rehabilitation and strengthening the muscle without putting stress on the joints. There are 2 types of muscle strengthening, submaximal and maximal. The submaximal exercise is holding an object away from the body and keeping it steady. The maximal exercise is when you push or pull an object that is stationary. Both of these exercises are used to increase the muscle strength and conditioning.
Here are some general rules to follow for isometric exercise. Always consult a Doctor before starting any exercise program. This type workout can increase your blood pressure. It is important to warm up before starting a work out and remember to breath in and out consistently. In strength training, it is mostly about sets and repetition that makes up the training. In isometrics it is more about the duration of holding steady in a position. Isometric contraction workout is not used for building muscles, but to strengthen the muscles you have and define them more.
The following isometrics is for submaximal contractions of the muscles. Get on the floor in the position of a standard push up and hold for a few seconds and relax. Increase your hold time but keep it steady. Remember it is duration of hold and not how many times you can push up and down that counts.
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I am amused at people when they shake their head and say, “I just don’t care much for abstract art. It doesn’t make sense!”
“I wonder,” I say with a wicked gleam in my eye that is a warning that I’m about to get one over on them (but they don’t recognize that gleam), “Did you ever lie on the ground as a child and gaze up at the clouds, watching as pictures were formed so far above you? You saw dogs and cats, old men with pipes, angels with wings … a shoe quickly dissolved into a boat and a dog became an old man with a funny nose…”
“Remember those days?” I drive the knife deep and give it a little twist.
“And you thought you didn’t like abstarct art!”
To define and gain an in-depth understanding of abstract art, you need to understand its true function.
Abstract is a way of life for all of us, right from about the age of 10. No matter, how pragmatic or practical we may appear, every human indulges in abstract thinking. According to research, the right brain is wired for abstract thinking while the left brain is more about logic.
Abstract thinking is not just about dreams or day dreaming, it also helps in enhancing your emotional intelligence, problem solving skills and creative power. Abstract thinking – and putting those thoughts on canvas also reveals a lot about the inner soul of the artist. Take Picasso, for instance. you can map his life by studying his paintings. In his art you find his heart. And, depending on your perspectve and moral values you might not not admire the man whose art is collected and admired by many.
Defining Abstract Art
Before we actually delve into the finer aspects of abstract art, it’s important to know the true meaning of the word “abstract”. When used in the form of an adjective, the word “abstract” means the opposite of concrete. It talks about things that are not practical but theoretical. It talks about things that can be felt rather than physically touched like emotions, tendencies, and perceptions. When this adjective is used to describe an art form, then it talks about the style rather than the content. The noun, “abstract” refers to the summary of the entire document. When it is used as a verb, abstract refers to the quality of the object rather than the physical attributes.
Abstract is about non-tangible and intuitive things and emotions. If something is abstract, then different people have different perceptions about it and their perceptions depend on their individual personalities, preferences, tastes, and experiences.
Georges Braque, Woman with a Guitar, 1913. Oil and charcoal on canvas. 51 1/4 x 28 3/4 inches (130 x 73 cm). In the Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
Considering all these definitions, abstract art is more about the artist than the subject. It is the depiction of the artist’s view point and mood. In other words it’s more about his psychological wiring. An artist speaks to his audience through his art. A well done abstract painting has the power of subtly influencing the viewer’s moods and perception. In short, Abstract art is more about the world that exists inside our minds rather than the world that can be perceived through the five senses.
Abstract Art Forms
Abstract art comes in many forms. Some artist mediums consist of paint and canvas, whereas others prefer to use a digital camera. There are artist who enjoy working with wood and others that like to work with metals, stone, concrete or mortar. There is no set way or medium used when creating an abstract masterpiece. Many artist will use a combination of materials when creating their masterpieces, and there are some artist that prefer working with a single medium.
Here the posts will be about abstract art, there will be no limitations to specific genres. The posts will discuss paintings, plop art, sculptures, metal art and more. Abstract art has even transcended from the normal physical mediums to now include written works, both musical and non musical. Poets and other writers, past and present, have endeavored to share with us their own form of art, and musicians such as Moby and the Blueman Group are renowned present day artist.