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FACE OF ADDICTION


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Powerful stuff

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In my position at BTS Communications I deal with recovering substance abusers and people who deal with behavioral addictions every day. It has given me great insights into the realm of consciousness one goes through when you deal with huge changes in your life. Destructive behavior comes in many forms; drug abuse, gambling or technology addiction are just a few among dozens. It is my sincere hope that posts like this can be helpful to you or anyone you know who suffers from this disease.

To better familiarize myself with different ways people deal with life-altering behaviors I read various scholars and life coaches to gather their thoughts. Here is a very good piece by one of my favorites Deepak Chopra. It is very concise and instructive and short enough to “get it” easily.

The Many Faces of Addiction

Posted on March 16,2012 by Deepak Chopra

There are many…

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The Kid From Beverly Hills: Episode Two


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If you remember Beverly park and the Pony Rides let me know your memory. I’m curious

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Remember Beverly Park and the Kiddie Rides?

From 1945-1974, children growing up in Los Angeles had their own mini-fair year round. Beverly Park operated on less than an acre, on the corner of Beverly Blvd. and La Cienega, the present home of the Beverly Center Mall. There were usually about twelve kid-sized rides, as well as animals, hot dogs and cotton candy. Parents sat on benches watching their children ride the merry-go-round, and birthday parties were celebrated at picnic tables. For the children who grew up going to this pebble-strewn, family- run park, it was a respite from city life- quite simply put: “It was heaven.”

Article By Hadley Meares | November 1, 2013

Art by Lon Levin 2015

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The Kid From Beverly Hills: Episode Two

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LIFESTRIP#2

Remember Beverly Park and the Kiddie Rides?

From 1945-1974, children growing up in Los Angeles had their own mini-fair year round. Beverly Park operated on less than an acre, on the corner of Beverly Blvd. and La Cienega, the present home of the Beverly Center Mall. There were usually about twelve kid-sized rides, as well as animals, hot dogs and cotton candy. Parents sat on benches watching their children ride the merry-go-round, and birthday parties were celebrated at picnic tables. For the children who grew up going to this pebble-strewn, family- run park, it was a respite from city life- quite simply put: “It was heaven.”

Article By Hadley Meares | November 1, 2013

Art by Lon Levin 2015

The Spirit of Surfing

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The Open In Huntington:the last few years

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SurfingToday TVPrincipally via SurfingToday TV we are celebrating our 5th year of covering the US Open Of Surfing in Huntington Beach.  Some of that coverage is reflected in the volume embedded below with surfing and other ambient vibe stills taken in and out of the waters of ‘Surf City’ Pier.

Most of the shots were taken at various competitions, except for a few training sessions at Trestles and stills of [then] ‘upcoming’ stars like Lakey Peterson and Malia Manuel at the Super Girl competition at Oceanside Pier.XanateMedia | Digital Media Specialists

This year Gregg ‘the duke’Masters and I will once again be at the Open covering all events with photography, blogging and video.

For more visit SurfingToday TV our brand spanking new website (actually a rebrand of @SurfGeekTV or XanateMedia and be sure to follow us on twitter via @TIjournal.
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What About Imagination?


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Imagination drives creativity…never stop dreaming

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An Imaginary Place That is All Too Real

I saw the “Magic of Belle Isle” on ON Demand the other night and it was quite a good film, especially for those who have lost their imagination or just can’t get their imagination mojo moving in the right direction. I’m not going to review it save to say a young girl in the film asks western writer Freeman where do stories come from? His answer is something like look around, they are everywhere. It got me thinking about imagination. Where does that come from and how do you tap into it? Same answer to me. Keep looking and building one thought on top of another until something forms into an idea. Then act on that idea and see what happens. Here are other thoughts on Imagination

Imagination Quotes

The imagination exercises a powerful influence over every act of sense, thought, reason,

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Animals Without Clothes


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I am so tired of seeing dogs, cats, girbils and other animals dressed up like circus animals and cartoon characters. It’s revolting and demeaning to the animals. I am so happy that when I went to the zoo the animals had no clothes. Can you imagine the chimps in sailor outfits wearing little hats or the tiger with a pretty bow and a cape on. For God sakes it’s bad enough they’re behind bars or in concrete caves. Anyway that’s my rant. Hope you enjoy the picts. I tried hard to make them look like they were in a natural habitat.

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Interview with Ted Lewin

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As I move forward doing more “realistic” illustration I am fascinated and I relate to perhaps one of our greatest contemporary artists, Ted Lewin. Here in this interview Ted talks about his a children’s book about Gleason’s Gym in New York. The paintings are superb. His mastery of watercolor makes the imagery vibrant and alive. More of Ted’s work can be found here http://www.tedlewin.com

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