Bobbing Around Volume 18 Number 11

Forget “early warning signs” and “canaries in coalmines” — we’re now well into the middle of the climate change era, with its epic reshaping of our home planet.
Bill McKibben


If you don’t have a plan to transition out of coal you don’t have a plan to tackle climate change, it’s as simple as that.
Australian Greens Senator Steele-John

Bobbing Around

Volume Eighteen, Number Eleven,
May, 2019

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George Monbiot


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From me to you

Guardian Angel wins silver
Visiting Carolyn
My community was in the news
Protoview
Visiting Canada
Write to influence
GM technology is dangerous

 

Guardian Angel wins silver

What poor judgment, to judge it as only second. That’s in the historical fiction category of the eLit Awards, 2019.


Visiting Carolyn

That’s Carolyn Howard-Johnson, who runs the New Review Site. She has asked me to circulate this link. Now, I wonder what for?


My community was in the news


I have been a member of the Moora Moora cooperative community since 1976. Although I no longer live on its land, I am still a committed, active and enthusiastic member.

Recently, a nice lady interviewed me. She is Hannie Rayson, who writes for the Melbourne Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

You will enjoy what she wrote about my community.


Protoview

Protoview’s capsule summaries are sent to institutional buyers, such as libraries and schools. This is what they sent out to libraries and schools worldwide:

    From Depression to Contentment: A Self-Therapy Guide
    Bob Rich
    Loving Healing Press, 2019

    Rich, a psychologist who has lived with depression, offers a self-therapy guide
    for those dealing with it. He outlines first-aid measures like healthy eating
    and sleep, regular exercise and fun, creativity, social connectedness, and
    meaning; relaxation and meditation tools; the symptoms and sources of
    depression; techniques and approaches for controlling and curing depression;
    spiritual care ideas drawn from Buddhism; ideas for helping a loved one deal
    with depression; and methods for dealing with relapse.

I must say, they got it right.


Visiting Canada

Well, virtually anyway. On April 24, Melanie Robertson-King is releasing an interview she was gracious enough to organise, in which I hope to entertain you. Please visit her blog, Celtic Connexions, and see what you can see.

As usual, I’ll offer a prize to a randomly selected commenter. Please spread the word, and come along yourself.


Write to influence

This is the title of Carla Bass’s book, and the topic of her guest post. Almost everyone will benefit from her advice. She is offering an autographed copy of the book to one commenter, posted to you, anywhere on the planet.


GM technology is dangerous

This is the brief email I sent to the shadow ministers for Agriculture and Medicare:

Genetically modified organisms are in principle a great benefit. However, the way they have been developed by multinational corporations is extremely dangerous. For example, there is evidence, set out in “What Makes Our Children SICK?” by Perro and Adams, that eating food with a bacteria-killing gene has disastrous effects on the gut biome, which makes perfect sense.

This means that there must be a strict, highly transparent and methodical testing of any new organisms before they are released. Not only is this not happening to a sufficient extent, but the Coalition have weakened what protections we have.

I hope that Labor will be the next government. When you are ministers, please immediately do something about this potentially disastrous issue.

Sincerely,
Bob Rich, Ph.D.



New stuff

Responses
Michael Costa
Petrea King

Environment
New York again leads the world

Good news
Cars don’t turn on youngsters anymore

Psychology
I’m so ashamed of my mistake!
I want to die so I can be with my father

Deeper Issues
Can we really save the environment?

Technology
Gently keep ants out

I approve of these announcements
Dr. Peter Gibilisco guest editor at Design for All
How a deaf man’s path to hope can help others with disabilities
365 inspirational quotes, free

Reviews
From Depression to Contentment, reviewed by:
Kristin Johnson
Rhobin Courtright
Dax Rigby, War Correspondent, by John Rosenman

Fun
Ferret to the fore
Some benefits of climate change

 

Michael Costa
Petrea King

 

Michael Costa

Hi Bob,

I am a slow reader but am slowly making my way through your book and am nearly at the one third mark. So far I am enjoying it greatly. I like the easy to read style, which means anyone, regardless of their intellect, will have no trouble understanding it. I too have read Anatomy of an epidemic which is very revealing and also scary. I am glad you mention the so called chemical imbalance for which there is no evidence and which Michael Yapko talked about last year even though it was booked out before I saw the email announcing his talk.

I too use some of the relaxation techniques you mention and in particular I use the Benson Relaxation Response both for mindfulness meditation as well as a trance induction.

It is great that you talk about the importance of healthy lifestyle including food, sleep and exercise.

Anyhow, that is as far as I have got but so far I like it and think you have done a great job. I will keep going slowly and give you further feedback later.

Regards,
Michael Costa

Michael and I were fellow campaigners for a fair deal for counselling psychologists in Australia. He is both a nurse and a hypnotherapist, so we share a lot.


Petrea King

Petrea is a wonderful lady who has worked with people suffering from life-threatening diseases for over 40 years. She has been kind enough to offer an enthusiastic review of my book From Depression to Contentment. When she let me know she’d posted the review on selling pages and at Goodreads, I asked about her current activities.

And yes, I’m working perhaps more than ever! Our work has expanded dramatically in mental health and particularly post-traumatic stress injuries. We’re conducting 25, five-day residential programs each year and up to 100 workshops in rural, remote and regional areas of Australia. We still have Quest for Life — for people with cancer, Parkinson’s, chronic pain/illness (basically if your body is giving you jip), Healing Your Life — for people with depression, loss, grief, trauma, relationship breakdown (basically addressing issues that cause the questions, who am I? What am I doing on the planet? Am I living the life I came here to live? If not, why not? And what am I going to do about it?), Moving Beyond Trauma — for people with a PTSD (veterans, police, emergency workers, doctors, victims of crime/DV/sexual abuse/assault, motor vehicle and other accidents). The workshops at the moment are for drought-stricken/desperate/debt-ridden farmers but we also conduct them for carers, people living with chronic illnesses, grief etc.

This year we’ll be building an additional 24 bedrooms plus kitchen/dining/recreational/yoga space as many of the people who attend Moving Beyond Trauma (MBT) need a longer structured program after they’ve attended the five-day program to fully implement what they’ve learned about neuroplasticity and epigenetics. Insurers pay for any police/emergency workers to attend the MBT program, so do Victims of Crime and DVA (for eligible people/veterans), Churches pay for sexual abuse survivors. We still fundraise or get grants for people affected by DV and many other crises.

So life continues to be busy but immensely fulfilling. It is just magic to witness the change in people over a five-day program. They look and feel quite different. I’m a great believer in immersing people in a compassionate and respectful environment. Participants in the program are a great gift to each other….along with the six people on our professional team.

If ever you come up this way Bob, please come visit!

Warm regards
Petrea


Environment

New York again leads the world

A vote in New York City Council passed a set of 10 climate change measures by a vote of 45-2, despite opposition from vested interests (like the owner of Trump Tower, ahem).

Although the report is in dry journalese, the excitement and commitment of the people behind the move, from the Mayor down, is obvious.

67% of the city’s greenhouse emissions is the fault of high rise buildings. So, much of the action is aimed at them.

Funny thing. For decades now, I’ve thought that if skyscrapers hadn’t been invented, and someone put them into a science fiction story, no one would believe them. They are an immensely bizarre concept, the commercial reaction to artificially high real estate prices in certain locations, and, of course, expressions of childish ego. Why on earth would you create the many engineering problems like pumping water all that way up, and heat gain through acres of glass, the immense weight on foundations and footings, stability issues, on and on?

But they are with us. New York is doing its best about them.


Good news

Cars don’t turn on youngsters anymore

According to Lloyd Alter (and the research he cites), the proportion of teenagers who get a driver’s licence and buy a car is falling. This is good news, regardless of the causes, but in fact awareness of the climate emergency is probably a big part of it.

May this continue!


Psychology

I’m so ashamed of my mistake!
I want to die so I can be with my father

 

I’m so ashamed of my mistake!

Last year, I did something I feel so ashamed of that I won’t even say what it was. It haunts me all the time. I did something to hurt my boyfriend, and although we are still together, he occasionally mentions it so I know I really hurt him.

Please help me!

Tracey

Tracey my dear,

The past is history. The future is a mystery. I give you a PRESENT. You can’t change the past, but you can change how you react to the memory: this moment.

I made a terrible mistake then. If I faced the same situation now, I would react differently. That shows I have learned from that mistake, and I am now a wiser, better person for it. There is a silver lining around the cloud: the lessons it taught me.

So, because I have learned and improved, I can forgive myself, as long as I ensure that I behave in the better way I’ve now realised I can do.

I’ve hurt another person. I need to apologise. I need to ensure this person knows that I have changed what I do, and I will not repeat.

I need to make restitution: fix damage, offer something to make this person’s present and future better.

There is no need for shame or guilt, because life is here to give us opportunities for learning. This was such an opportunity, and I’ve learned from it.

Modify this statement to uniquely suit you, then print out two copies with a beautiful appearance. One is for you, the other for him.
🙂
Bob


I want to die so I can be with my father

When I was 3 my father was diagnosed with schizophrenia, on that same Thanksgiving he committed suicide 5 minutes before midnight. I am broken in so many ways.

I feel like I’ll never be happy again. I almost stabbed myself in the stomach a few nights ago. I feel like killing myself because God hates me and I’ll go to Heaven and eventually my friends and family members will get over my death. I’ve been so depressed and I want my life to end.

Everyone around me has dads and has blessed and happy lives, while I’m in the darkness trying to kill myself under everyone’s noses. My life is so horrible and it’s not meant for me to live. I want the pain to stop and I just want to be happy and be with my father.

Does God hate me? Why did God leave me fatherless?

Dear Jim,

God does NOT hate you. God is unconditional love and acceptance. There is nothing you can do that will make God stop loving you.

There is life after death. Some interesting suggestive evidence indicates what happens. You face a huge, glowing Person, Who loves you without judgment. This Person then guides you to re-experience the key events of your life. When you have done something that makes another person or animal feel good, you experience the positive feelings you caused, and this is very rewarding. When you do something that makes someone feel bad, you experience that negative emotion.

So, your father can FEEL your current despair, and you can be sure he feels terrible about it. The best gift you can make to him is to overcome your self-hate. If you also kill yourself, you will absolutely devastate him. It will not be doing him a favor.

OK, how do you change your current feelings? 12 years ago, you lost your father. As a little 3 year old child, you felt that somehow it was your fault. That’s how little kids think. But it is quite clear that his suicide had nothing to do with you. Having been diagnosed with schizophrenia, he felt faulty, damaged, beyond help. Actually, the tragedy is that he was wrong. People with schizophrenia often recover. And even if the condition stays, they can build perfectly good lives for themselves.

Same is true for being an orphan. It’d be nice to have a dad, but there are millions of kids who don’t. Many of them do fine. It is not your situation that is giving you distress, but how you think about it.

Also, many kids with dads have TERRIBLE lives. Not all fathers are loving and supportive. Some abuse their wife and children. Others are so absent that they might as well have died.

You now have a situation. Ask questions like:

“Which of my previous thoughts about my father’s death were little-kid opinions? Can I now get rid of them?”

“How can I become a better person for having my father’s death in my life?”

Can I spend my life working with suffering orphans, to make their life better?”

These questions are only suggestions. Make up your own.

From your new grandfather,
Bob


Deeper Issues

Can we really save the environment?

An answer at Quora.


Technology

Gently keep ants out

I love this post from Melissa Breyer for two reasons: she tells you how to keep your house free of ants without using poisons, and her philosophy is one of avoiding harm to all. She doesn’t kill them, but puts up a sweet-smelling chemical signpost saying, “Please do not enter.”

The chemical is made from citrus rinds heated up in vinegar, with the resultant fluid sprayed at entry points and along their tracks.


I approve of these announcements

Dr. Peter Gibilisco guest editor at Design for All
How a deaf man’s path to hope can help others with disabilities
365 inspirational quotes, free

 

Dr. Peter Gibilisco guest editor at Design for All


Here are a few words from Dr. Peter Gibilisco on his Guest Editorship for Design for All:

“My academic achievements are completely connected to my biomedical conditions. This is something I’ve had to highlight again and again in my academic career, and something I feel the need to repeat now. That being said, being invited as the Guest Editor for this magazine is a fantastic motivation, and allows me to express my appreciation for this heightened form of respect. It is such a joy for me to be asked to be the guest editor for Design for All, and I have invited a handful of incredible people to share their perspectives.”

First, Steffan Irugalbandara brings to the fore his beliefs concerning failure and the positive steps that may become issues from it.

The second article is co-authored by Peter Gibilisco and Steffan Irugalbandara, where Sri Lanka and people with severe disabilities are examined.

Peter Gibilisco includes the abstract from his book, Six and a Half Years on a Dunghill, which basically runs along the lines of the dangers of organized care becoming careless.

Next is a book review from Bruce Wearne, who has observed Peter’s journey in the creation of his book. Bruce also follows with a brief writing on the social aspects of Friedreich’s Ataxia.

Members of the Friedreich Ataxia Clinic share their expertise in their respective fields pertaining to the care of Friedreich’s Ataxia. Professor Adam Vogel writes on the complexities of Friedreich’s Ataxia and speech therapy. Associate Professor Louise Corben highlights the strains on mobility that Friedreich’s Ataxia patients endure. Finally Professor Martin Delatycki gives background on Friedreich’s Ataxia for anyone who wishes to learn about the disability.


How a deaf man’s path to hope can help others with disabilities


EPHPHATHA: Growing Up Profoundly Deaf and Not Dumb in the Hearing World: A Basketball Player’s Transformational Journey to the Ivy League (March 2019) by Dr. Thomas M. Caulfield is the motivational story of his son, Christopher Caulfield, who despite being born deaf, overcame the challenges of his disability. He became a star player on his school basketball team and achieved academic success in college while inspiring others to persevere against their setbacks.

Christopher had been a Division I college basketball recruit in his career. Despite certain struggles with academic work as a child, he overcame his difficulties and later attended the Rochester Institute of Technology, studying computer science. He chose this path because he believes through his efforts in this field that “the lives of people with disabilities will also be made easier through accessibility applications.”

EPHPHATHA is a story of one man’s heart, courage, and resilience who never let his disability hold him back from his passion while inspiring others to do the same.

Thomas Caulfield is available to discuss:

  • The details of Christopher’s cochlear implant as a baby
  • How his success in athletics served him in everyday life
  • The hardships that Christopher endured in school and on the basketball court.


365 inspirational quotes, free


Check out this new book by I. C. Robledo for FREE: 365 Quotes to Live Your Life By: Powerful, Inspiring, & Life-Changing Words of Wisdom to Brighten Up Your Days.

This book of quotes is unlike any other because it is based on 7 Key Thoughts the author used to transform his life. The wise phrases inside will lead you to focus on what you can control, the positive, what you can do, what you have, the present moment, what you need, and what you can give. This is the key to finding happiness, peace, and meaning in your life. The Great Quotes inside come from a diverse range of Great People, from many cultures, times, and places.

The 365 Quotes to Live Your Life By will help you to:

  • Be inspired to improve yourself
  • Attract positivity
  • Find happiness & enjoy life
  • Pursue your purpose
  • Achieve success
  • Boost your self-esteem
  • Make your dreams come true
  • Help friends and family to improve their lives

Download for free on Amazon.

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Reviews

From Depression to Contentment, reviewed by:
Kristin Johnson
Rhobin Courtright
Dax Rigby, War Correspondent, by John Rosenman

From Depression to Contentment, reviewed by

 

Kristin Johnson

I’ve read many self-help books, and author Dr. Bob Rich’s book, while treading some familiar ground or flying familiar skies (sensible recommendations on meditation, diet, social connections, exercise, creativity, not getting caught up in owning “stuff”), does offer the unique observation that “You need to be crazy to stay sane in a crazy world,” and also focuses on treating the whole person (including the effects on the family), not the depression as a disease or dis-ease.

I am a reader and writer, not a mental health professional, so I approach it from a reader’s perspective.

Professionals and patients might debate the fact that chemical imbalances and genetics don’t play a role in depression the way Dr. Rich asserts, and that society is responsible for depression. There is room to have a reasoned debate about that–not a polarized, angry one on social media, which does negatively impact people.

However, Dr. Rich’s entire goal is to let people know they don’t have to feel doomed to be depressed forever because of genetics or a chemical imbalance. He wants to give the reader the tools to change their lives. He says, “More than ever, we need to look at alternatives to drugs that will equip us to deal effectively with the triggers that allow depression to take hold again and again. This is where drug treatments fail.” He also states that “the causation of any psychological reaction is always complex.”

He comes across as sincere, and he knows depression because he overcame it and he has been a practicing psychotherapist. Upfront he provides sensible advice for people who are in a crisis. He says, “Something works for everyone, but nothing works for everyone. If you find that the program in this book doesn’t work for you, the best investment you can make is 8 to 20 sessions of therapy with a good psychologist.”

Also, he provides exercises for people to do–homework. You might think that would be counterintuitive for people who struggle with depression, but as Dr. Rich writes, “Whatever your depression tells you, do the opposite.” So for example, if your depression tells you to oversleep or live as an insomniac, just get regular sleep. This is a generalization because he does advocate having regular fun, creating meaning, eating sensibly, and so on. He says these solutions are mostly free, and the ones that cost money (like eating healthy food) have other benefits. Meditation is also free (he does an entire chapter on meditation and likes the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, as well as Viktor Frankl.)

He also says that the label or diagnosis of depression is not an explanation. He describes it as “putting suffering in boxes” and as a useful tool for pharmaceutical companies. He adds, “That’s not to say that antidepressants don’t work. They do have a role to play, but at best, they ease the symptoms while you take the drug, so you can work on your problems.” And he may be on to something that just because depression runs in families, that’s not evidence for the heredity-only explanation. As he says, depression is complex.

One of his biggest points is emphasizing compassion and connectedness, and says that “deliberately making the choice of treating all other humans as our brothers and sisters is one of the major defenses against depression.” (Not always possible when people wrong us, but a goal to aspire to.) He also points out that romantic love has a flaw because it insists on someone making you happy and loving you, rather than seeking someone to love. “Love that lasts a long time, and is likely to make you feel contented, is different. In contrast to such taking love, it is giving love: ‘I want someone to love.’ If two people have this attitude to each other, and both are in the relationship in order to make the other happy, then you have something wonderful.”

There’s so much in this book that you’ll want to slow down and digest it piece by piece–and do the homework.

Kristin Johnson is a prize-winning/prize finalist writer, blogger, ghostwriting/creative writing consultant, screenwriter, and editor. A graduate of the former Master of Professional Writing Program from the University of Southern California, she has published/collaborated on seven books. Her current book AIN’T “U” GOT NO MANNERS has been called “the Bible for social media.” She is a member of the Desert Screenwriters Guild, Society of Children’s Books and Illustrators, and Palm Springs Women in Film and Television.


Rhobin Courtright

Doctor Bob Rich’s advice comes from both personal issues and professional experience. His advice does not include prescriptions for drugs. Throughout the book he gives examples from his own life and from his patients’ experiences using alias identities. His approach is one any thoughtful person can learn and apply to their own situation. The book gives information on types of depression, where it comes from, and steps to analyze and overcome individual causes of depression and its reoccurrence. It also gives great communication examples, so ultimately helps people maintain relationships, while providing information on how to help others. Each chapter includes homework sessions, useful URLs to investigate, and books that not only back up his suggestions but information readers will also want to explore.

The book covers more than just depression. It talks about dealing with life’s obstacles that lead to depression. Chapter two lists seven requirements for a contented life: healthy eating, satisfying sleep, regular physical exercise, regular fun, creativity, social connectedness, and meaning: with determination, things everyone can achieve. Some of these I need to work on. I found the chapter on relaxation and meditation recommendations very helpful with easy to use techniques.

In the About the Author page it states Doctor Bob’s major joy in life is to be of benefit to others, and I must admit this book’s contents were of benefit to me and will help other readers. While it is a relatively short book, those who read it will want to re-read it several times and probably keep it at hand for dealing with difficult times and situations. So when I found the pdf version he gave me to review helpful, I decided to buy the Kindle version.

Doctor Bob also talks about many problems plaguing the world and humanity that can cause depression, which is on the rise. I wholeheartedly agree with these views.


Rhobin Lee Courtright is a writer of both genre fiction and narrative essays, and an adjunct professor of writing at a local community college. Her interests are vast and spur her imagination in many directions.

She is the initiator and coordinator of Rhobin’s Rounds: a monthly blogging round-robin on aspects of writing. I have the honour of being the only thorn in a bunch of between 6 and 20 roses, depending.

The pic shows the cover of her next book, due out in August, 2019.


Dax Rigby, War Correspondent, by John Rosenman


If you like a high-paced detective story set in the far distant future, on a faraway planet, you can’t go past Dax Rigby, War Correspondent by John Rosenman. The amateur detective is a likeable, idealistic young man who goes to a hellhole for the sake of love. In an escalating series of emergencies, he tries to prevent a genocidal war between the two dominant species local to this planet, and then, against overwhelming odds, aims to stop the genocidal world war back on Earth.

I won’t do a spoiler about the rest of the plot, but predict that the further you get into the story, the more it will grip you.

The most difficult part of speculative writing is to get the reader to accept the reality of the author’s creation. John does this very well. In a few places, he did get a “Huh?” reaction from me, but he carried me through them.

I judge books by the underlying philosophical messages they convey. Even your shopping list reflects your philosophy. I thoroughly approve of the message below John’s writing. Again, I won’t do a spoiler. Find it for yourself.

John is a retired English professor and has published 250 stories in Weird Tales, Whitley Strieber’s Aliens, Galaxy, etc. He has published two dozen books, including SciFi novels A Senseless Act of Beauty and Alien Dreams (Crossroad Press), and the Inspector of the Cross series and The Amazing Worlds of John B. Rosenman (MuseItUp Publishing).


Fun

Ferret to the fore
Some benefits of climate change

 

Ferret to the fore

Please read about the adventures of Felicia the Ferret in the world’s first, great particle accelerator.


Some benefits of climate change

The secret to contentment is to find something good in everything…

Drought

Great! I haven’t had to mow the grass for three months!
No slippery roads to have accidents on.
It’s been such lovely, sunshiny weather.
Wow! I’ve never before seen mirages in this area!
Those cracks in the ground form such pretty patterns.
We don’t have to worry about floods for now.

Sea level rise

My mountain house may soon become a beachfront property.
Inland real estate prices are rising.
My basement has become an indoor swimming pool!
Fishing from my living room window is SO convenient!

Wildfire

My breathing mask business has really taken off.
I used to eat road kill. Now it’s already barbecued.
I REALLY won’t need to mow the grass, for a long time.
The house needed renovation anyway.

Flood

Well, MY indoor swimming pool is freshwater, not salt.
Such interesting things float by!
Floods kept ancient Egypt functioning. Think of how fertile my front lawn will be when it recedes.
I’ve never realised how far you can see from the top of my roof.
The house needed renovation anyway.
We don’t have to worry about drought or wildfire for now.

Hurricane/Typhoon/Cyclone

My house needed renovation, too.
It’s ended the drought all right.
Never mind real estate prices. The house is rising!
I’ll get my surfboard out because the storm is pushing a spring tide. Think of the waves!



Posts during April

GOOD NEWS

New Zealand gets rid of an insane economic measure

POLITICS

Decency wins

Getting priorities right

COMPASSION

Generosity defeats crime

INSPIRATION

Old ain’t decrepit

Basketballer scores with “irredeemable” kids

TECHNOLOGY

Bagging the plastic

LOOK OVER A WRITER’S SHOULDER

Brag: member of the week, NFAA

Seasons: the April post in Rhobin’s Rounds.

Then I posted again, when I remembered an old poem of mine.

I APPROVE OF THESE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dignity in a Teacup

Guns Down, by Igor Volsky

FUN

Evidence for my current writing


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About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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