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Old 28-10-2009, 02:02 PM   #1
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It’s been a quiet week in Cuyahoga Falls… (especially for the dead among us)

It’s slowly growing larger, not that that’s unusual for such a venue. After all, who ever heard of a graveyard growing smaller? And there’s plenty of room for more of you out there reading this. The entry fee’s a little steep though – it’s your career, your friends in the profession, a lot of money and your sense of certainty about so many things clinical. No wonder there isn’t anyone pounding on the gate demanding entrance. Mostly, therapists just peer in over the fence and shudder, walking back quickly and quietly into the gymnasium, hands placed on the hot pack machine for warmth and stability.

Meanwhile, those of us who landed here call out to a community largely ignorant of our presence. Heck, most don’t even know the graveyard exists. Too busy running about from one patient to the next, pushing and shoving, coercing, cheer leading and laughing; they have no sense of the quietude and thoughtfulness that normally characterizes a cemetery. Their departments are loud and chaotic – therapy for them is more like a ballgame and for us more like a solemn ritual.

I say we “call out” but the word “wailing” comes to mind. Over the fence we wail names and ideas that most find unfamiliar and vaguely irritating: Melzack, ideomotion, Wall, Ramachandran, ectodermal, neuromatrix we shout and the words echo into nothingness, occasionally returning to us totally misunderstood or dismissed as we sink even deeper.

Mostly, there’s just silence in return.

At least we have each other, and, for now, that will do.
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Brilliant.
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Nice post Barrett.


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I'm still laughing....and I do that.... a lot.... especially with my patients, so I don't know if that's such a bad thing, hasn't hurt anyone, and sure helps people to let go a little and loosen up the stress levels (why does healing have to be so stressful for some people?)....I don't think it has to be solemn in the graveyard....shoot, look at Mexico on Day of the Dead. I'm celebratin' this stuff! Patients are too...."finally someone who doesn't hurt me"..."finally someone who listens to me"....

But anyway, I'm still laughing at your reference to the hot pack machine providing warmth and stability.....I'm gonna laugh every time I look at one of those things now! Great imagery!

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I had that damn song in my head all day today, Chris. "It's a dead man's party.....who could ask for more?"
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It's a dead man's party.....who could ask for more?
It's not a bad question, Burt. (another (living) dead reference)

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Great music...keep it coming...love N. Young...Danny Elfman: the hardest writing (music) man in showbiz...he could probably come up with a nice one about ectodermalists...
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"Why do you eat people?"
"People? ...Not people.... BRAAAAAAAAINS!....."




See discussion re: Tarman.

The clip above is from the 1984 version by O'Bannon. More info from Wikipedia.
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"Having purchased the rights to Russo's sequel, O'Bannon discarded Russo's script in its entirety and rewrote it, retaining only the title and changing the "rules" significantly. His alterations to the canon include the zombies' fixation on brains alone (whereas Romero/Russo zombies will devour any part of a living human),..."
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It isn't Hallowe'en yet, so I'll post a link to this: Learning sculpts our spontaneous resting brain activity, on Deric Bownds' Mindblog.

"Must... have... more... brain..."
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Receipe for "brain cake."
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It should be remembered that it is the undead, the zombies, that find brains a delectable snack. Dead men on the other hand simply find brains and their processes fascinating--including coming up with brain cake which probably tastes a lot better than bran cake.

So is goth the official dress code of the dead? Do they make a goth appropriate tie?
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This blog entry from Seth Godin might have been put several places but I chose this one.

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This groupthink is the soil that marketing grows in. It's frustrating for someone who is hyper-fact-based or launching a new brand to come to the conclusion that people believe what they believe, not that people are fact-centered data processing organisms.

Sure, it would be great to have an organization that enjoys the advantage of everyone believing. Getting from here, to there, though, requires stories, emotion and ideas that spread. Organizations grow when they persuade a tiny cadre to be passionate, not when they touch millions with a mediocre message.
I'm thinking that we're a scary bunch, whether we're going for that or not. This tiny cadre of contributors to Soma Simple scares the bejesus out of many practitioners.

True story: Two nights ago I attended the viewing of a long-time neighbor at a funeral parlor in the next town. I'd met his daughter many years ago and she's since become a Rolfer. She was anxious to talk and said, among other things, "I love Oschman."

I didn't want to scare her away and I softened my tone as much as possible without violating my personal principles regarding the work to which my life is devoted. I invited her here but warned her gently that this is not a place that tolerates suppositions that violate physical law. I smiled, I touched her arm, I assured her that her claims of success with her clients would never be questioned - only her thinking.

Well, I doubt we'll hear from her. We're terrifying without meaning to be.

And no, the fact that there was an actual dead man in the room not twenty feet away was not lost on me.
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