Thursday, October 16, 2014


I believe podcasts are important in our field as many are turning to them for information.  I hear on NPR all the time "listen to the podcast."  Ira Glass from "This American Life" has a podcast series that he discussed on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."  However, for students are used to image-fueled information from their computer via social media sites, I think a YouTube series with visuals would suit them more.  Listening to a couple of experts might bore them.  but if the experts are in a nice living room or some sort of set, it might grab their attention.

For this week’s blog, I listened to several podcasts.  I found many that were informative and interesting for a counselors, parents, and students.  There are two that I would like to focus on for this week’s discussion.  “The College-Bound Chronicles” website hosts a series of podcasts from a mother’s perspective, Lian Dolan, broadcaster and the host of “The Chaos Chronicles” and Dr. Nancy Berk, psychologist, mother and author of “College Bound and Gagged.”  The podcast topic I listened to was “The College Bound Chronicles 120:  The SAT shake up.”  Here is the link for those interested:

Ms. Dolan and Dr. Berk discuss the changes that will be made to the SAT in the future.  In addition to this, they offer information for parents with ADHD children, how to study for the test along with emotional balance advice from Dr. Berk.  I would recommend this podcast to counselors and students.  I did not find a bias in this podcast.  There books are listed on the website, not necessarily as a sales pitch, but a way to share their credentials.

I also listened the Stitcher website, “The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, College Search, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more…” hosted by Lauren Gaggioli.   The podcast topic I listened to was “Tips for Great College Visits with Jessica Velasco.”  At the beginning of the podcast, Ms. Gaggioli asks Ms. Velasco to share her background in the field of counseling.  Ms. Velasco was an independent college counselor, former admissions counselor and director, at Laverne, director of admissions at Northwest University near Seattle.  I found the podcast informative with several different options for visiting a college campus, from the casual to a scheduled appointment.  Ms. Velasco shared that some students prefer a drive by the campus to see if they like what they see while others like to spend a night in student housing to get a real feel for what it would be like to live on the campus.  I would recommend this podcast to counselors and students.  It is longer than the previous podcast I discusses.  It is 40 minutes and the first podcast is 24 minutes.  Here is the link to the Stitcher website podcast for those interested:

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Billy Sedlmayr's Kickstarter Project

Who is Billy Sedlmayr?
Billy Sedlmayr has some stories he needs to tell, and that need to be heard. For over three decades now Billy Seldmayr has been deep in the fabric of Tucson music, from his early days as an underage musician playing dusty bars long since gone with punk rock pioneers The Pedestrians, then playing with Giant Sandworms, laying down the blueprint for Tucson music. Over the years Billy's made music with local legends like Rainer, Howe Gelb, Dave Seeger, Rich Hopkins, Dan Stewart, Van Christian and many more, a founding member of a scene that produced bands like Naked Prey, Green On Red, Giant Sand and more.

What is this project?

This project is the culmination of a now 2 year collaboration of Billy Sedlmayr and Gabriel Sullivan. The two began playing music together in the legendary Tucson dive, The Red Room, and have since been working towards recording a solo record of Billy Sedlmayr's music. Gabriel will be producing the record and will be recruiting his own band, Taraf de Tucson, to back Billy for the recordings. The Create Co. (headed by Bryce Myhre) has been documenting the sonic endeavors of Billy and Gabriel and will be filming the entire recording process of the upcoming record.

When all is said and done, there will be a physical album of 12+ original Billy Sedlmayr songs, and a documentary of Billy's music and life story. This is a bold endeavor that is reliant on your support!

What do your pledges go to?

•7 days of recording
•7 days of mixing
•the filming of the recording process
•the editing of two years of footage
•paying the studio musicians
•mastering the record

To fully understand Billy and his music, be sure to check out the music video for the song "Tucson Kills"!

Here is link to Kickstarter Project:
November 17th is last day to back this project.  Any amount will help.  Thank you.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Yuma Joe Byrnes , Joe Frank Byrnes, Joe Byrnes Was the Sweetest Man I Ever Met

I found out yesterday Joe died.  He died on June 21, 2012.  I am not sure yet if it was suicide or accidental. Yuma Joe Byrnes was probably the sweetest man I have met in my life. A gentle soul. He was the drummer of the band, Broken Horse, Tarnation, and countless others.
A couple of years ago, my brother told me Joe landed in jail for killing his dog. My brother said Joe heard voices telling him to do it. After he did it, Joe brought the dog inside a church. This was where he was arrested. This was in San Francisco where Joe has lived for more than 20 years.

I heard the judge let him off on the condition he had to get psychiatric help. I do not know if he did or anything from then on. I sent him a message on Facebook telling him to come back to Tucson where life was easier and rent was cheap. I never heard back.
I am waiting for his good friend Alex to call me with the exact details. I am hoping it was an accident. I do not want to think about the despair sweet Joe might have been feeling. I am sure the guilt of killing his beloved dog was always with him. Joe would not hurt a fly under normal circumstances.

There are so many good medications out there that make the voices go away. Folks can lead a normal life on these meds. I work for a behavioral health agency in town. I see the wonders of the right medications daily.   Another thing that would work wonders is removing the stigma of a diagnosis of a mental illness in our culture.  A person with the diagnosis of diabetes can lead a normal and productive life with insulin.  A person with a diagnosis of a mental illness can lead a normal and productive life with the right medication and therapy. 

Having auditory hallucinations is one of many symptoms for a diagnosis of
schizophrenia. This is what I think happened to Joe. Most likely broken dreams, the pain of remembering his dog, and life in general added to his distress. The gentle and sweet ones usually cannot take this world that can be so cruel at times.
This photo of Joe with the motorcycle is the only one that is mine.  He gave it to me while he was in Tucson for my brother's first wedding in 1994.  Joe and I went out after the wedding and reception.  We went to the Hotel Congress and saw the Meat Puppets.  The next day we went on a drive through Gates Pass and beyond.  It was a perfect day.  Sweet Joe.   You will be missed.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Look Into The Soul

What would life be like if we could see the soul of each person rather than what we wear on the outside?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Steve Jobs Thought Differently

Think Different. I loved that ad campaign. I had the photo of Albert Einstein with the words "Think Different" and the apple logo on the wall of my special education classroom. It was a perfect slogan for them because they all thought differently. Anyway, I was sad to hear of Steve Jobs passing. Thank you for everything Steve, including the fancy fonts we use.

Here is a passage from a speech he gave at Stanford University in 2005. Google it to read the whole speech. it might change the way you think.

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

In the words of Steve Jobs, "Stay hungry, stay foolish... and find what you love."

Dog Dancing Merengue

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Russell Brand on Amy Winehouse

I knew Russell Brand was friends with Amy. I was waiting for his words on her death. I am pasting the link to the full piece he wrote. I think everyone has been touched by the tragedy of addiction, be it directly or indirectly. Here is his last paragraph and below that is the link to full piece. One last thing, Russell says it, albeit indirectly, that he is for decriminalization. So am I.

"Whether this tragedy was preventable or not is now irrelevant. It is not preventable today. We have lost a beautiful and talented woman to this disease. Not all addicts have Amy’s incredible talent. Or Kurt’s or Jimi’s or Janis’s, some people just get the affliction. All we can do is adapt the way we view this condition, not as a crime or a romantic affectation but as a disease that will kill. We need to review the way society treats addicts, not as criminals but as sick people in need of care. We need to look at the way our government funds rehabilitation. It is cheaper to rehabilitate an addict than to send them to prison, so criminalisation doesn’t even make economic sense. Not all of us know someone with the incredible talent that Amy had but we all know drunks and junkies and they all need help and the help is out there. All they have to do is pick up the phone and make the call. Or not. Either way, there will be a phone call."
Russell Brand

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Funniest Dog Video

This video just cracked me up.
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