Artisan – Post 99 – Is Pot Better Than Prozac?

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 99

Is Pot Better Than Prozac?

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The world at large seems radically opposed to anti-depressant and anti-psychotic medication. Because so many people feel so strongly, does that make them right? Remember, at one time the world’s population swore that the earth was flat and that sailors who went too far out would fall off it’s edge. That seems to be what’s happening with advances in modern science and medicine. The population is falling off the edge with misinformation and guided motives. Let’s look at a couple.

Religious conservatives have always been opposed to advances in science from Galileo being put under house arrest for discovering other planets to John Scopes being convicted for teaching evolution as an option in a public school. Why? The answer is clear! They tend to prove the bible to be wrong. At least, not based on myth, which we accept other aspects of the bible to be. In the New Testament Paul writes, “Slaves obey your masters!” Nobody in modern America still yields to that, but to say the basic principles or history of the bible is questionable or maybe of a different meaning, gets the bible thumpers up in arms. As a result, modern science and medicine is in constant conflict with these reactionaries. Why would they oppose a medication that affects the mind? Because that would separate the soul from our thinking and from our control. Also, modern psychology makes spiritual claims less believable. In fact, they sound insane such as voices from the divine or religious visions that can be written off as hallucinations. We can’t take those away, can we? Especially when people under such spells are so easily persuaded into believing basically anything they are told. Remember when Charles Manson grew long hair and a beard then gave hippies LSD and convinced them he was Jesus? Traditional scientific logic is based on one thing, “Prove it!” If it can’t be proven it is still theory. If it can be proven, it is fact. Religion, however, says, “Believe it!” So if you just believe something enough, it is true and almost always something impossible to prove or disprove. However, when science disproves anything we assumed or “believed” to be true in the past, there is trouble. Also many lunatic religious leaders don’t want you themselves to believe their visions or light or divine auditory messages could also be called schizophrenia. While there may be a God, much of what we are lead to believe, at least in terms of proven science, is clearly false and that makes holy divine direction less believable.

The 12 step spiritual argument is that Prozac, any anti-depressant, anti-psychotic or mood stabilizer is a drug. “Pills are solid alcohol,” they claim. But which ones? Any pill? What about antibiotics? Or vitamins? Sadly enough, to many of them, it is all the same. The point they are missing is that the majority of psychiatric medications today are not sedating and not addictive. They are living in the middle of the 1900’s when most of their leaders were institutionalized for, oddly enough, mental illnesses. Now they lead large cultish “home groups” giving divine “direction” to hundreds of people on how to run their lives including choices of professions, marriages, denial of education and even hair style and grooming. With all that power over other people, how could they possibly be insane? Also, modern psychology, contradicts their core “faith healing” belief that God will cure all insanity. True, physical sobriety will obviously help, but the innate reasons they started flooding their brains to sedate them is still left untouched and still a little touched in the head maybe.

So with all these conservative arguments against modern psychiatry, why wouldn’t the liberals support it? They are paranoid! Most liberal information on the internet against modern medicine is pumped up by people who are angry that pot is still illegal. Yes, marijuana may cure cancer and help other ailments, but is it really that good for people prone to psychological illnesses? NO! Tons of cases are reported of paranoia, people claiming their computers are being hacked, their neighbors are spying on them or people on the freeway are stalking them at 70 mph. One argument is that it can alleviate depression. Of course, any intoxicant will! Just take a depressed person to a party and get them drunk to test that one. But what about the long-term chemical affects sedatives like marijuana? “People stalking them on the freeway” seems to be the common answer. So what are all these marijuana advocates saying to prove it’s unfair to legalize helpful medication and make their pot illegal? It’s a conspiracy!!! The government wants to control us! Rich people are trying to enslave us! The drug companies do it to make money off us! As is there is no money to be made off marijuana. Of course they wouldn’t listen to a psychologist, because if you asked any legitimate therapist or psychiatric doctor, they will tell you these crazy paranoid claims sound like symptoms of serious psychosis. Plus many of these stoners have prejudices against people with mental illness, because history has shown those people just can’t handle their drugs. The truth is there is no conspiracy to get you to stop smoking pot! It is bad for you like cigarettes. While it may have some medicinal purposes, clinics are prescribing it like candy and those who don’t need it are those that are getting it. There is your corruption you’ve been trying to prove all along! Do I care if you get stoned out of your mind? No! I do care if you are using it as an excuse to prevent people from getting necessary proven treatments for their own psychological illnesses. What you do with yours is none our businesses. Likewise, with the God argument, I don’t want to stop you or anyone else from loving your neighbor, but when you bring out your whacky medicine man with a bible or any “all inclusive all empowering” book, then I say enough is enough.

Science is proving that these medications not only work, but, in many cases are necessary. But like evolution or the old round earth theory, the general public just doesn’t want to admit it. It’s up to you which one you want to believe, proven fact or what everybody says?

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Artisan – Post 98 – Reggae Night

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 98

Reggae Night

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Reggae Night

Chords: C G Am F C G Am

 

If you fly in the wintertime

Go south the birds and the eagles fly

Won’t you try on a Reggae night with me?

 

Time stands still as the snowflakes cry

And the beat is one and the three is mine

Did you know that the Reggae love is free?

 

Death beholds and the day will come

When the Rasta man will sing his song

Shine with Jah and the beat of one two three

 

Night will pass and the sun will rise

To a freedom we won’t compromise

All the world will dance when we know peace

 

When my love we will know life

That is better than we could ever try

Don’t you want to share this life with me?

 

All is one and one for all

And the government will hear our call

And the people shall then live forever free

 

Sing with me this Reggae night

And the constitution hears our cry

And the people stand for this will come to be

 

So, when you fly in the wintertime

Watch the birds as south they fly

Fly so high on a Reggae night with me

Fly so high on a Reggae night with me

Fly so high on a Reggae night with me

 

 

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Artisan – Post 97 – Practice, Perseverance And Passion

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 97

Practice, Perseverance And Passion

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“Thanks for stringing my guitar, Derek!”

“No problem, just get me a gallon of milk.”

“Got it! Hey! Where’s your guitar?”

“I don’t have one. I don’t play anymore. Probably wouldn’t even remember how?”

“What? What happened?”

“Well, I was in a band and I just burnt out on the whole thing.”

“But music is a way of life! How do you just quit?”

“We started to get pretty big. We opened a The Palladium for some big names like Sonny and Cher…”

“Wow! You must’ve really been going somewhere!”

“Yeah, but it was too much. Setting up the equipment and going on the road.”

“Most people like that, the traveling.”

“I just got tired of it. It became too much.”

“What? Was it drugs?”

“We did that yeah, but I just didn’t want to play anymore.”

“But music is a passion! How can you just lose your passion?”

“I played everyday and practiced for hours on end. Then some other players came out like Stevie Ray Vaughan. He was so good…”

“Oh! You wanted to be the best.”

“Yeah.”

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Artisan – Post 96 – Hot Potatoes

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 96

Hot Potatoes

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Hot Potatoes

 

Chords:  Em A Em A…  Bridge: D C G

 

I’m trying to make a trend

And I’m wondering what to send

And I’m nearing toward the end

And I’m trying to make a friend

 

In the warm spring time

Will you ever be mine?

 

One two three what do you see?

Got hot potatoes looking at me

Four five six getting real sick

Won’t you grab my pick up stick?

 

In the heat of the night

Not a soul in sight

 

Everybody’s dancing round

Everybody’s talking bout

Everybody sing and shout

Don’t you want to scream so loud?

 

One two three what do you see?

Got hot potatoes looking at me

Four five six getting real sick

Won’t you grab my pick up stick?

 

In the warm spring time

Won’t you be mine?

In the heat of the night

Not a soul in sight

 

Moving to the summer heat

Dancing underneath the sheets

Don’t you love to feel so free?

Don’t you love the deep soul beat?

 

In the warm spring time

Won’t you be mine?

In the heat of the night

Not a soul in sight

 

Repeat and fade

One two three what do you see?

Got hot potatoes looking at me

Four five six getting real sick

Won’t you grab my pick up stick?

 

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Artisan – Post 95 – Another Kind Of Woman

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 95

Another Kind Of Woman

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Another Kind Of Woman

Verses C G F G   Chorus C F G C

 

Everybody’s talking bout another kind of woman tonight

She’s gonna make it alright

She’s gonna let him inside

 

If you go out looking for a different kind of woman tonight

She gonna hold you so tight

She’s gonna be just right

 

Take her hand, be her man

She will understand

 

If you want a lover that’s another kind of woman tonight

You wanna make her all mine

No need to take your time

 

If you wanna chance her she’s a dirty kind of dancer to tonight

Get the rhythm just right

She’s gonna do it in time

 

Hold her now; show her how

It’s a kind of wow

 

Everybody’s looking for another kind of woman tonight

She’s gonna be there on time

She’s gonna be just fine

 

Everybody’s talking bout another kind of woman tonight

She’s gonna make it alright

She’s gonna let him inside

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Artisan – Post 94 – Let’s Make A Lynching – Play Outline ©2016 Dan Joyce

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 94

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Let’s Make A Lynching

Outline

 

Act I

New Orleans 1964 Mardi Gras

 

Biggie Black is trying to organize a protest against segregation in the South. He meets Virginia White, a young college student, interested in his cause. Biggie has to urinate and uses the white restroom.

 

Psychiatrist’s Office 2016 Sunnyville, California

 

Vincent Hopper is discussing going public as an artist about his depression. The doctor warns him about social stigma and negative effects that may be caused by this action. Vincent is convinced that his illness is a cause and a civil rights issue. He argues that his action will bring people out to help them and that more may seek help.

 

Marilyn Monger’s bedroom Sunnyville, California 1976

 

Billie Joe and Marilyn are doing homework in her room. Marilyn, a touch overweight, is eating donuts. Billy warns her about her diet. They begin to discuss their interests in modern music, politics and religion. Marilyn is obviously attracted to Billy, but he shies away acting as a gentlemen. Billie is very handsome and somewhat masculine. The two continue to bond and vow to always be best friends.

 

Act II

 

Bruce’s bedroom Sunnyville, California 1976

 

Billy is talking to his lover Bruce Bronze. He suggests that gay people need to come out of the closet and stand up for their rights, in particular, the right to legally marry. Bruce argues that the cause is trivial, because many gays don’t want people to know they are gay. To him, the right to gay marriage is less important, however, masking a greater threat, gay bashing and hate crime.

 

Downtown Bar 2016 Sunnyville, California.

 

Vincent is drinking soda in a bar. An attractive actress named Cali Crywolf approaches and sits next to him. She already appears to be on a date. He tries to ignore her. The two discuss their careers, however, in the arts and local theatre. She invites him to a play in which she has a nude scene. Vincent agrees to attend. Cali then goes and joins her friends who are discussing her interaction. They inform her that Vincent is mentally ill, lives in a home for such people and takes “happy pills.” Cali, now afraid, accuses Vincent of following her.

 

New Orleans 1964

 

Rocky Small is screaming at his lover, Virginia White, regarding her association with a black man. She defends herself, but not Biggie. She is important in local politics and must defend her name. She accuses Biggie to Rocky of trying to rape her.

 

Sunnyville, Ca. 1976 Marilyn Monger’s Bedroom

 

Marilyn and Billie are studying biology. Marilyn intentionally spills water on her blouse, takes of her shirt and attempts to seduce Billie. Billie rejects her telling her he is gay. Marilyn quotes the bible and offers to reform him. Billie leaves the room.

 

Sunnyville, California 2016 Local Theatre House

 

Cali is naked on stage making offensive remarks regarding those who seek treatment for depression and other known mental illnesses. After the play, Vincent informs her that he found the play offensive, because he and several friends have such issues. Vincent is chased off the lot by the other actors and mocked as insane.

 

New Orleans 1964 The Public Square

 

Biggie has organized a rally speaking out against segregation in the south. Virginia identifies him to Rocky and to the police. Biggie is arrested for sexual assault.

 

Sunnyville, California 2016 The Town Hall Meeting

 

Vincent is discussing with the city council why mentally ill people should be regarded as equal to other citizens and why such a cause is important to the community. After the speech Cali and local political activist Stephen Studdard discuss his odd behavior in the community. Cali accuses him of being a sexual predator.

 

Sunnyville, California 1976

 

Billie is making a speech at the local college on gay rights and causes, especially gay marriage. He is confronted by a group of Christian activists led by Marilyn’s brother Paul. There is hostility and violence breaks out. The police come to the rally and arrest Billie.

 

New Orleans courtroom 1964

 

Rocky and Virginia testify to the assault claims against Biggie. Biggie takes the stand and accuses them and the community of racism. The jury is called.

 

Sunnyville, California 2016 local coffeehouse

 

Stephen Studdard and Cali rally the townspeople in anger against Vincent. They all march the police station to file papers against him. Requesting he leave the city.

 

Sunnyville, California 1976 courtroom

 

Billie admits to the courtroom that he is gay and is convicted of sodomy and unethical sexual activity. He is charged a fine and requested to no longer partake in such practices.

 

Sunnyville, California 2016 courtroom

 

Stephen Studdard accuses Vincent of being violently insane. While Vincent testifies he has no record of violence nor threatened anyone in the case with violence, Stephen argues that the potential violence rallied against him in the community was a passive act of violence in itself. Stephen is forced to leave the community.

 

Act III

 

Sunnyville, California 1976 Public Park

 

Paul leads his Christian friends to assault and batter Billie. Obscene sexual references are made as Marilyn watches. The group leaves Billie beaten and unconscious as the bible is read while they walk away.

 

New Orleans 1964 Public Lynching

 

Biggie is forcefully taken out of his home and led into the main square where his is hanged.

 

Sunnyville, California 2016

 

Vincent is at the bar talking to a local stranger. He says that he still believes that his rights as well as the civil rights of all citizens are important and that wherever he goes, he will take that with him like his art and that he just may be a little before his time. Stephen is listening in the corner, silently nods and takes a drink. Vincent grabs his luggage and leaves the bar.

 

The end.

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Artisan – Post 93 – Meetings And Medications

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 93

Meetings And Medications

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Straight from the entrance doors of most AA meetings, newcomers usually get confronted by swarms of uneducated alcoholics wanting to play doctor. Anti-depressants are always high on the taboo list as the spiritual psychology of AA is promoted to replace well-trained and researched scientific methods. Usually, an AA member is conning the doctor to get some anti-anxiety pills like valium or xanax, or something extremely addictive by faking a condition he just doesn’t have. Painkillers are also popular on the list of scripts an alcoholic just might want from the doctor. Sadly, the blame for this is always put on the doctor rather than the doper con artist. As they claim, the doctors don’t want to heal us. They just want to trick us into getting addicted to something. This is, of course, assuming that the patient is not already addicted to something like say… alcohol and is completely oblivious to the side effects of known addictive drugs.

Today, my problem is different. On a ninety-degree day, I had to wait on hold with the doctor’s office for about an hour and later will have to take two buses to the pharmacy to get my stomach medicine, prilosec and reglan. Being fifty years old and having spent my whole adult life in AA meetings smoking cigarettes and loading up on strong coffee, I am not in the best of health, especially my stomach. In fact, I can’t even drink a beer without barfing anymore. But because of the danger of addiction to other drugs, I still attend my meetings.

As far as my bad stomach goes, acid reflux is not an easy condition to deal with. Basically all the acid from your stomach comes back up nearing your throat and burns most of the organs in your upper torso. It can be very painful. Guided by gravity, it is worse when you are lying down and trying to sleep. Because your stomach is so upset when untreated, you rarely eat much. Now the obvious answer to this is smoke less, diet and maybe exercise. But I don’t have much money and live in a boarding home run by a quaint Mexican family. I shouldn’t have to tell you that that old Mexican woman cooks some excellent spicy stuff that I’m not about to give up! And I’m not about to take what little money I have to go to the health food store to buy tofu and vegan cheese just to tell you guys I’m taking one or two less pills!!! Just try to stop me next time I pick up a chip!!!

Thank you for letting me share!

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