I started writing  Pennsylvania Echoes  because I wanted to improve my grammar.  I chose meditation, mindfulness and how they apply to my daily life, as the blog’s subject matter.  Writing about Mental Health Management has received the most appreciation.
My world- view will not cure mental disorder. but I cannot separate my world view entirely from management or my great concerns for Mental Health.  So I must present my thoughts, and tips on “Mental Wellness” in my own way and from my own experience–  if I am to be honest.
Any information you find is meaningful is presented as is.  There is no Warranty. Too bad I can’t cure my bad grammar.

Cash Value of Meaning and Truth

Market place of the moment — Development of Meaning —— Pragmatism.

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To better understand William James’s  metaphor of  the Cash Value of Truth, I would like to make a case that “Cash value of Meaning” would be an improved word choice for today.
This is to say that from a subjective stand point, a person decides what is meaningful and how meaningful in any given context ( family social, work social environmental, aesthetically such as Studying a sculpture in a gallery) etc), in a market like process. Each context has own meanings, finally interpreted by the person, himself in his own interests.William James

A simplified example two people in the context of conversation.

Each person brings memory, previous opinion, biology, world view, diction and present mood into the field of conversation. This context of meeting  includes the physical location, and participants, including anything in the background. It maybe limited to what was discussed. If the two converse freely, the talking…

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I am Mine. an anthem

ownership|freedom|responsibility —
(originally posted 5-2008)

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Pearl Jam’s Agnostic and Existential Anthem “I am Mine” of we we truly own, what we are free of, what we are responsible to. How our existence defines us and what we really have control of.

the lyrics to Pearl Jams “I am Mine” — sing along!

The selfish theyre all standing in line…
Faith in their hope and to buy themselves time.
Me, I figure as each breath goes by,
I only own my mind.

The north is to south what the clock is to time.
Theres east and theres west and there everywhere life.
I know that I was born and I know that Ill die.
The in between is mine. I am mine

And the feeling it gets left behind…
Oh the innocence broken with time…
Were different behind the eyes, theres no need to hide.
Were safe tonight.

The ocean is full cause everyones…

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Affect Calendar October 2016


October Affect charting Calendar

This is a Calendar for keeping track of ones daily Affect …
Affect and mood  are   a descriptions  of common body/mind tenants   such as:
physical energy, mental sharpness, fatigue, attitude , posturing and feeling … and they are often common with life events, sleep, exercise , and sunlight.

Simple charting tools like these can be useful for the dialogue with one’s doctor on the next visit — or for one’s own health  awareness.

you may download this PDF mood chart for bipolar disorder if you wish, freely.
I made and its free. click the link below for PDF
(readable with Adobe Acrobat, Foxit reader, Open office etc.)


Other  mood tracking and charting tools at

Free  Html Calendar maker at

Workday ergonomics, floating and Fighting

Early writing – on the importance of
posture, flowing , and Ergonomics —
Dance through your workday!

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A  kayaker    is paddling on a fast current river.
If he paddles up stream he requires much more energy to over come the resistance. He is fighting river current.
If kayaker paddles turns his boat to move with ther current. He requires little resistance and can move easily with the current. He is floating with the river current.
Fighting and floating.

In industrial jobs,like mine, a worker is often required to heavey repetive work.
I have often explain to the younger workers around me how to “float” in their job and not “fight”. It good to challenge ones self at a job, but over long periods of time,  one is better  off working with bodily efficiency , moving smoothly with as little resistance as possible.

Some of the young guys will pick up huge loads of material to load  machine. and Ram it into the machine.they have to load…

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Arthritis Pain Management Charts, updated formats

Ⓟ pain management tracking templates for self awareness Ⓟ —

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 Word and Writer   PDF and Spreadheet

I’ve added to the free downloadable Arthritis Pain Management Chart:
The new formats include Doc(MS Word) ODT (Writer)  XLS (Excel)  in addition to the previous PDF version.

Arthritis Pain Management charts are a handy way to study triggers and pain symptoms for ones management with his doctor or health care professionals.  Simply fill out the chart once a day.
The downloads are free for use… as is.
for the downloads click on the links below:

Sorry.   Libre Office/ Open Office spreadsheet format not available right now.

More Charts are available on the Charts Tab…

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Daily Emotions Chart for Special Needs Children

Flashback repost —
updated version with an html templates:
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I have a friend with a special needs child. She told me  that, she was upset. She  unable to communicate what she saw in her child’s behavior at home to her sons teachers at school. Her son’s teachers were having a very difficult time managing him at school. Because the child was diagnosed with a mood disorder (as well as some serious behavioral problems and patterns)
I suggested having him fill out  a mood chart to aid in comparing his behavior with affect over time. Somewhere I found an hourly mood chart on the WEB, downloaded it, and made some copied her.
I found out a couple months later, That the teachers at the school were actually sitting down and filling out the chart with her son. My friend was filling it out the chart at home as well and sharing with case workers and her child’s psychiatrist.

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Subvocalization, Inner Speech and Intrusive Thinking

a study-response on subvocalization —

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If you listen carefully as you read this post, you will notice a faintly audible  whisper of the the words you are reading. It may be the same whisper you use to think in the symbols and code of language. It maybe an on going monologue or diaogue one has with his or herself, or narrative of scenes played out inside ones head. This overall process is dubbed “inner speech“, “inner monologue“,   “inner dialogue” or Subvocalization, depending on what you read.   Subvocalization is term usually used in the context of reading. However, because of the active verb subvocalizing, or to subvocalize, I prefer to use it here.
To subvocalize is more specific than to think, as one can “visualize” ,  “Be mindful“, feel, or even speed read while thinking without that low audible whisper of…

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