Dec 01 2010
exmearden (Kris Froland) was one of the original editors here (uid #15). A standout in an impressive group of writers buhdy invited to be part of Docudharma. So I decided to compile all of the essays she wrote here to preserve and distribute her work to friends, family and the blog community. It’s truly a blast from the past to revisit these posts.
Here is a link to all of the essays exmearden posted on our blog – comments included:
This will take you to Google Docs where you can download a PDF (6 MB) version to your computer. Look for the File menu and then select “Download Original”. Or read it there but it looks much better in Adobe.
Nov 26 2009
This Chill Space is dedicated to my sister. She had surgery yesterday to remove uterine cancer. It looks like the cancer hasn’t spread (pending biopsy results on the lymph nodes) and she will be completely cured after this surgery & chemo. This is what I am Thankful for today!
Nov 23 2009
This is the place to take a breath and chill.
Flowers Become Screens
Soaks my skin – through to the bone
Nov 03 2009
from Erowid image vaults
Just wanted to give a heads up that National Geographic’s Explorer series will be premiering, Inside LSD, tonight (Tuesday 11/3) @ 7 PM and 10 PM; also showing on Sat Nov 7 at 4PM and Tues Nov 10 at 3 PM (TV Schedule).
…as the 40th anniversary of Woodstock fades in the rearview mirror, the National Geographic Channel is giving LSD a second chance, as it were. On Tuesday night in its Explorer series, INSIDE LSD talks to scientists and therapists who are examining the narcotic (sic) anew, trying to learn specifically how it works in the brain and whether it might have uses that Jerry Garcia never envisioned. The program, as its narrator, Peter Coyote, says, is an attempt to separate the myth from the molecule.
One segment explores the possibility that some form of LSD could help sufferers of cluster headaches, and its footage of one such sufferer in the throes of an attack leaves you wishing the poor fellow relief no matter where it might come from. In another part of the program, a woman with terminal cancer talks about how an LSD trip helped her break free of the anxiety about death that was consuming her final months.
(note: I put “sic” after narcotic because LSD is not usually classified as such, medically or legally.)
Sep 08 2009
Over Labor Day weekend the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (Bay Bridge, for short) was closed for a seismic retrofit project featuring an unprecedented construction feat. A football field length, double-deck section, weighing 3,200 tons was excised and a new section slid into place to form an S-shaped detour. The huge pieces moved verrrrry slowly on specially built rails. A distance of 100 feet took several hours not including delays when the rails needed to be adjusted. All of this took place 150 feet above ground.
Here is a picture from a few weeks ago in preparation for the detour. The scene is looking west where the East Span of the bridge meets Yerba Buena Island. The detour is on the left and the old bridge on the right. The connecting piece that was installed this weekend is shown below.