The Ghost and the Blue Moon

April 30, 2015

  by Terence T. Gorski,  Gorski Books

In the early night when the moon turns blue, the ghosts of my past come out and dance before my eyes. The ghosts are unseen by others. When I talk of them, most people think that I am mad, or at least confused. 

When the morning comes, my mask of sanity returns. The ghosts dissolve into the growing light of day. I go on my way unnoticed – but only until darkness and the full blue moon returns. 


God and the Sunrise

February 15, 2015

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By Terence T. Gorski, Author

Once, in the early morning just before sunrise, I was standing with a student waiting for the sun to come up. I was teaching a class on relapse prevention at a conference center in Arizona. I got up early to watch the sunrise. A young man, one of my students, walked up next to me. We both gazed toward the east waiting for the sun to come up

“Do you believe in God?”  the student suddenly asked.

The question surprised me. Before I could answer,  the first rays of the sunrise broke over the eastern horizon – pushing away the darkness of night and blanketing the sand-colored rock with an incredible mist of swirling colors.

I looked at the young man and for a moment. Then I turned back to watch the brilliantly colored rays role gently role toward us. They seemed, at first, to be boiling above the hot desert sand. As the sun rose higher in the sky, the multicolored mist turned into a blazing ball of silver and gold. it was so bright we had to squint our eyes and look away.

“Well – Do you believe in God?” The boy asked again. I had forgotten he had asked the question. His voice was so insistent and his face was so serious that I knew I had to answer

“Yes,” I Said. “I believe in God. There is certainly someone or something bigger and more powerful than me – Someone who capable making much better sunrises than I ever could. I believe in God very strongly when I watch his powerful works unfold all around me.” The boy seemed satisfied with my answer.

We gave one last glance at the rising sun. We turned and walked back into the conference room. Even though the rising sun was incredibly beautiful, there was no time to waste. We were learning about how to help addicts and their families recovery. As we settled in and I began the class, I could feel the presence of God in the room and I realized that the work we were doing in the classroom was just as powerful and awe-inspiring as the sunrise we had just experienced

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Alone

January 14, 2015

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By Edgar Allan Poe

“From childhood’s hour I have not been, as others were—I have not seen
As others saw.” ~ Edgar Allen Poe

ALONE
A POEM BY EDGAR ALLAN POE

From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were—I have not seen
As others saw—I could not bring
My passions from a common spring—
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow—I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone—
And all I lov’d—I lov’d alone—
Then—in my childhood—in the dawn
Of a most stormy life—was drawn
From ev’ry depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still—
From the torrent, or the fountain—
From the red cliff of the mountain—
From the sun that ’round me roll’d
In its autumn tint of gold—
From the lightning in the sky
As it pass’d me flying by—
From the thunder, and the storm—
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view—


Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night:

January 12, 2015

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By Dylan Thomas

Do not go gently into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at the close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.

Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Learn more about Dylan Thomas

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STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE US

January 12, 2015

By Terence T. Gorski
Author
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People who truly think and share their thoughts verbally and in writing cannot be silenced, even in death. This is because the ideas that they express that will live on. Ideas take on a live of their own and move contagiously from mind to mind. The ideas expressed are part of something bigger, a long tradition of like-minded thinkers.

We all stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us. And those who come after us, will stand upon our shoulders.

So isn’t right for each of us to train hard so we can be strong in body, mind, and spirit? So we can have strong shoulders for future generations to stand upon.

This is an important job — perhaps the only job of any consequence. It is up to each of us to provide a strong set of shoulders for those who will come after us. This is our sacred obligation to all of humanity.

Those coming after us must stand on our shoulders, for they have no other choice. They need to have a strong platform upon which to stand — a platform that is worthy of them and of us all.

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Burn Out: What I Do To Avoid It

January 11, 2015

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By Terence T. Gorski
Author, my books can be found at www.relapse.

“The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain

I keep myself from burning out and becoming jaded by doing my best to focus my mind on the following things:

1. Praying: My primary repetitive prayer is: “God teach me of your will for me and give me the courage to carry that out.”

2. Renewing My Commitment To Help: I keep reinforcing that “we keep it by giving it away.” When we help others without trying to control those we are helping and without allowing ourselves to be exploited it helps me keep a balanced perspective.

3. I Dream Big: I see myself as a part of the revolution of the human spirit and human consciousness that will slowly, one person at a time, create a sober and responsible world.

4. I Manage My Expectations: I hope for the best when doing my work. I am prepared for the worst.

5. I Keep Perspective: I can’t do it alone, I can only do my part. I realize the power of a team of people working in harmony towards the same goal is powerful. I strive to stay focused on building a sober and responsible world one day at a time with the help of others.

6. I Take Time For Myself: I have areas of interest that focus my mind on many other things that I find inspiring or helpful. I read voraciously and take the lessons from everything I read that can lift my spirits and give me a positive and heroic fantasy life — kind of like I am “The Walter Mitty of the Addiction Field.”

7. I Dream Big: I strive work day-by-day to contribute things to others that will leave the world a better place. This is called building a legacy in the minds and hearts of others.

8. I Deal With Reality: I Deal With the immediate reality that confronts me by trying to do the next right thing to keep moving toward creating my life goal.

9. I Transcend Fear: I have developed the habit of facing fear without letting the fear control me. My favorite tool for this is Frank Herbert’s Litany Against Fear: “I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer – the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit my fear to pass over me through me. When it has gone past I will turn my inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I remain.

10. I copiously reflect upon the deep meaning of The Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

11. I Collect Quotable Quotes: My two favorites are: “One person can make a difference and every person should try.” ~ John F. Kennedy; and “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. ~ Albert Einstein.

12. I Don’t Take Myself to Seriously: I try to learn something from everyone I meet and everything I do. I strive to be humble by “accepting the things I cannot change, changing the things that I can, and learning to know the difference.” I act upon my strengths without asking for permission. I overcome or compensate for my weaknesses by asking for and receiving help.

To sum it up, I recognize that I am a fallible human being; that I will die and have limited time to live; and that it’s up to me to do the best I can with the cards I am dealt in life. I know that I might be wrong so I stay open to learning, changing and growing. I accept the fact that I am responsible for my life, what I choose to do and not do, and what U choose to focus my mind upon. I look up all words I read or hear to understand what they mean. I realize that language programs the brain/mind so I careful about what I say to myself and others.

Carpe Diem!

Illigitimi non carborundum!

I also renew myself by escaping into Criminal Minds (Spencer is my favorite character) and NCIS (my two favorite character are Gibbs and McGee).

I want to leave a positive legacy and have given a lot of thought to what I want to pass forward to future generations. Here are twenty-five Ideas I want to pass forward to the next generation.

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Chem Trails – A Conspiracy Theory?

December 31, 2014

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By Terence T. Gorski, Author

What are “chemtrails and what is causing them? Should we be afraid of them?

I really wish I knew for certain. I have been following the “fringe” news stories about chemtrails for a long time along with stories that that claim all chemtrails are just contrails. I am a fan of conspiracy theories and have been for most of my life.

As with all things called “conspiracy theory related” it is difficult to know for sure what the truth is. I certainly do not trust government sources about most things because the government has proved itself basically untrustworthy. I cross-check government information whenever possible. I also do not trust everything I read on the Internet. Anybody can post anything on the Internet. So I have no idea what is happening regarding the “chemtrail vs. contrail controversy.”

Here is a summary of different a sides to the argument about Chemtrails and contrails. I found this in a simple google search on chemtrail. Both sides have convincing arguments for their position. Both are supported by pictorial evidence. Even pictures, however, can be easily faked in Photoshop.

There are two sides to the argument:

(1) Some people argue that it is just contrails of jet aircraft. http://science.howstuffworks.com/transport/flight/modern/what-are-chemtrails.htm

If it is “chem trails” instead of “contrails,” we are in deep trouble because one of two things may be happening:

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(1) Some people argue that the government is experimenting with weather control to either use severe weather events as weapons of war or as experiments to manage global climate change.

(2) Still others argue that space aliens, perhaps in cooperation with major governments, are terraforming the earth to accommodate large scale relocation of alien species to earth. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terraforming

It is much easier to believe they are just contrails of jet aircraft.

Watching the sky in above Fort Lauderdale, FL I have noticed that on some days these trails cover nearly 60% of the sky. On other days there are very few.

The heaviest trails are visible in the dawn skies and dissipate as the day goes on.

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On other days there are very few or no trails in the sky.

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They don’t seem to be related to the volume of air traffic from Fort Lauderdale Airport. This is simply casual observation and I may be incorrect. I have not actually checked flight volumes on the mornings with dense contrails. There are also other factors that effect contrails including temperature, humidity, and altitude of the aircraft.

I am not afraid to look at both sides of any issue with an open mind. I do however, embrace a skeptical philosophy that says: “Extraordinary claims require extraordinaire evidence.” Read the justification of this position on the Internet: http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/extraproof.html “>http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/extraproof.htmltheory”=”http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/extraproof.html”>http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/extraproof.html

“Don’t trust everything you read on the internet because most posts do not accurately reference their sources.” ~ Abraham Lincoln.


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