The Gorilla and the Chimpanzee

There was a gorilla. The gorilla liked to do things, but it did not like to fight. The gorilla liked to think things, but did not like to talk. This gorilla preferred peace and quiet, So peace and quiet it had.   One day Peaceful and quiet A little chimpanzee came near the gorilla's home. The chimpanzee liked … Continue reading The Gorilla and the Chimpanzee

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The Elephant and the Lion

There was an Elephant. One day the sun came up - What beautiful light! The elephant basked in the light and was happy. But at the end of the day, the sun went down - What terrible darkness! And he elephant searched for light, but did not find it - Searched in the dark, and was unhappy.   … Continue reading The Elephant and the Lion

From The Homeless Shelter – ThreeFace

Busted out the old monochrome stencil technique (this is number 3). I'm going with "ThreeFace" as the name - if you notice, the "head" has a large scale face; however, the mouth is also the "eyes" of a smaller face, whose mouth is the "eyes" of a third and final small face, which is the … Continue reading From The Homeless Shelter – ThreeFace

Why Things Go Wrong, And Why Things Go Right

This time two years ago I was 265 pounds. This time one year ago I was smoking marijuana every day. This time seven months ago I was fired from my job. This time six months ago I was arrested. This time four months ago I was suicidal. This time three months ago I was in a … Continue reading Why Things Go Wrong, And Why Things Go Right

Mental Health Quick Hits: How To Meditate In Five Minutes Or Less

John Ward is a Pennsylvania state-certified Peer Support Specialist, Mensan, and unfortunate-therefore-fortunate possessor of over a decade of mental illness lived experience. Mental Health Quick Hits is a recurring CBTN series of articles that cover pertinent topics and/or practices with utility in facilitating your coping with and ultimately recovering from mental health/mental illness issues. Today's … Continue reading Mental Health Quick Hits: How To Meditate In Five Minutes Or Less

The Monkey And The Anthill

There was a monkey. The monkey came across an anthill. The anthill was home to many ants. The monkey found the ants very interesting.   There were big ants and small ants Boy ants and girl ants Ants who led and ants who followed Selfless ants and selfish ants Ants who lived Ants who died... The anthill was … Continue reading The Monkey And The Anthill

CBTN Host John Ward Insults Abe Lincoln (Again) By Painting Him

One has oodles and oodles of time when living at a homeless shelter; this blessing in disguise can be utilized to complete long-term projects like making amateur drawings and paintings of arbitrary historical figures. Having already made an attempt to draw Abe with charcoal, I set myself to the mind-numbing task of creating and cutting … Continue reading CBTN Host John Ward Insults Abe Lincoln (Again) By Painting Him

The First Poem I Understood As A Child Was About The Inevitability Of Death

Long before Fight Club's memorable utilization of an unnamed narrator - long before, as we're talking 1845 - there was, printed with revisions in The New York World, a short story called Ligeia; written, ostensibly, by a man named Edgar Allan Poe. Ligeia, the eponymous character, is a beautiful and intelligent woman, at least as seen through the … Continue reading The First Poem I Understood As A Child Was About The Inevitability Of Death

Mental Illness Life Hacks: How To Save A Ton Of Money On Cigarettes

If you're like me, you're one of the ultra-high percentage of mental health diagnosees who smokes cigarettes. Clearly the obvious solution to this is to stop smoking entirely, but in being reasonable with ourselves we know this is going to be a long and arduous journey. If you're like me, you may also have been/currently … Continue reading Mental Illness Life Hacks: How To Save A Ton Of Money On Cigarettes