trauma after medical events

Recently I picked up a couple of Diane Ackerman's books.  First  was: One Hundred Words for Love which is about her encounter with the potential and real devastation of strokes. In this case, it was her husband who had the stroke and what struck me was the obvious psychological trauma; hers and her husbands.  Trauma causing medical events is not a new subject for this site but I couldn't resist  reviewing the book here because it is so touching, real and grounded in solid understanding both psychologically (her own)  and of the literal brain. Ackerman had a deep understanding about  brain function from researching and writing an earlier book: An Alchemy of Mind.  Being a brain function freak, I began my reading with An Alchemy of Mind -- a lyrical treatment of often dry research, her book is rich and rife with metaphor.  For me, as both a poet and a traumatologist,  it was a much needed break into the poetic world. I recommend going along with Diane Ackerman on her exploration. 

Probiotics for depression?

Depression and gut bacteria.  Hmmm. Connection?  Yes.  This and much more in Scientific American Brain: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-neuroscience-of-gut...

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Post Traumatic Stress Injury and Unnecessary Suicide

While I was frying potatoes for dinner the other night,  there was a report on the news that a well known Iraqi vet had killed himself.  This was a man who for years had helped so many of his buddies manage symptoms of PTSD while suffering himself. The operative word here is “manage” symptoms. Methods that cure or relieve symptoms of PTSD are not yet highly known and yet are short term and easily applied by a trained lay person. Without this knowledge, what is left is managing symptoms.

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Nerves, Toxic Stress and Yoga

Yoga.  Yes. Really good. I have done yoga sporadically for years and now as an Old Tomato, I realize I should have done away with the sporadic and gone for the steady and serious. What was easy a few years ago is now hard because I basically have to start over with this new(old) body. But if I want to survive well in this rush rush, eat fast on the go, defensive driving, breathless shopping, run run, stop and crash, not enough sleep world of contemporary life, that many of us live, then I need yoga.  And, neuroscience now tells us why.

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Maiden Voyage

Today was sunny and warm -- April 12th -- central New York.  How nice to begin this blog when weather is acting somewhat spring-like. For me, this is the beginning of the real New Year but in this case there  are no cheering drunks, no count-down, no ribbons or naked babies and only one resolution: I will give this my best shot -- to educate and entertain... and listen to you.  Welcome.

Who We Are

We make art in order not to die from the truth. F. Nietzsche

Ashlar Center for Narrative Arts is an arts driven non-profit educational organization that uses spoken word, writing, and arts processes for expression and healing.

We call it "serving the Personal Story".

Our goal is to build resilience in our story tellers.

And give these stories much needed public exposure across platforms.

We invite you to invite us.