Psychotherapy, In The Beginning

Psychotherapy
Wow, I love this early photo of psychotherapy.



The girl is lying on some pillows on 2 chairs. 



The Freudian doctor leans over the girl and is yanking on his goatee listening intently…and analyzing!



A man, that I assume is the girls dad is in the background, hovering protectively and hoping she is feeling better soon. 



The mind, like the body, unfortunately can get sick. 



And we need to take care of ourselves and seek help to get better. 



Fear not the competent doctor who really cares and sincerely wants to help (and is not just in it as a pure business).



Pray that G-d guides him to heal you and give you strength in body and peace of mind. ;-)



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Is That Freedom?

Freedom
This was a funny (-sad) picture I took the other day.



“Freedom Septic”!!!



That’s what they name a port-o-potty?

Certainly a very strange and loose interpretation of what freedom means to some people 



(Uh, I prefer the Constitution/Bill of Rights version.)



Then again, check out this company’s website at the bottom of their signs–I won’t go there. ;-)



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Not Just Business

Park And Pay
This was a funny sign on the parking meter.



“All May Park. All Must Pay.”



Another way of saying this is like at the dry cleaners, “No tickee, no shirtee!”



This reminded me of a conversation that I was having with some colleagues about whether individuals or organizations can be evil?



(Note: True story, but I’ve embellished for the sake of demonstration.)



One colleague said, “Individuals are not bad, but people in groups definitely [often] turn bad!”



Another said, “No individuals can be bad, really bad–think of Hitler and so many others who have murdered, tortured, raped, enslaved, and impoverished–it’s the individuals that can and do turn an organizational culture bad.”



A third person replied that, “Indeed, it can be the other way around as well, where bad organizations make or encourage it’s people to do the wrong things–whether for profits, power, or punishment.”



Then someone blurted out, “Well, business is business, right?” In other words, it’s okay to do something wrong because everyone does it in business–that’s the name of the game and what you have to do to compete and survive!



Then I said sort of annoyed at what the last person said, “Business is not business–that is our test to be G-dly, moral, and ethical in all our dealings [in our personal and professional lives]“



Of course, we don’t always succeed–no one does/we are not angels–but we have to try every time, learn and grow and become better people. 



If you do wrong, you will pay–whether in this world or the next. ;-)

Israel-America 2gether 4ever

Israel-America
The other day, I passed the prestigious George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and someone had quite prominently graffitied the wall with “Free Palestine.”



But then yesterday again, we saw another terrorist attack strike Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel, and a 3-month old baby from America was murdered after being thrown 30 feet in the air and landing on it’s head.



I applaud the GW students who came out today to celebrate the enduring relationship between the United States and Israel.



At the event, a banner hung high with the promise from President Obama, as of those similarly who came before in the Oval Office that “The bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable today, unbreakable tomorrow, and unbreakable forever.



Moreover, last month, the Senate unanimously passed a bill upgrading and declaring Israel a “Major Strategic Partner” of the United States.



The defense of Israel as a secure and sovereign nation is an imperative as freedom and democracy shine forth as a beacon of hope and peace for humanity.



May G-d bless the 2 countries and may their flags fly as one–2gether 4ever. ;-)



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

BIG Smile

Smile
This was a nice big smile on the base of a light pole. 



It’s funny, aside from the smile, the mouth on this reminds me of something very smart my daughter, Rebecca told me the other day.



She said, “Don’t let your tongue be bigger than your mouth.



In other words, don’t be a big mouth, watch your words, speak carefully and thoughtfully. 



Some very good advice, probably for most of us out there. 



Mr. Light pole, I have a feeling you don’t overdo it with this, and maybe that’s why you’re smiling so much. ;-)



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Walk Like A Chicken

Chicken Eyes

So I’ve been reading about the use of virtual technology for the military veterans as a way to help the healing process of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


But this was something different yesterday in downtown D.C….


Using virtual reality to “See Life Through A Chicken’s Eyes”–complements of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). 


So I go up and ask the attendant what this is all about. 


She says, “You can take the virtual reality tour and walk around a field as a chicken!”


She goes on, “Only we’re having some trouble with the technology, so can you come back in 20 minutes?”


Uh, okay, but 2 things:


1. Yes, I do believe in ethical treatment for everyone (including animals), and no one should suffer where we can (and should) prevent it. 


2. I did just have some chicken (only Kosher, of course!) to eat just last week (and it was pretty good), and while I am curious to see the virutal reality, I can’t make it back here in 20 minutes, but thank you!


Lesson: Treat all life compassionately, but I don’t have to walk around as a chicken to see that! ;-)

Beautiful Berries

Berries
These were some beautiful berries in Downtown, Washington, D.C. today.



Seems a little weird for the latter half of October.



Anyway, we can enjoy the beauty of G-d’s creations and nature.



But we probably should question those that are telling us that global warming is shlock science or a hoax–because it certainly is not looking that way–is it?  ;-)



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)