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.

Wise quotes for Empirical thinking

⁂ Praxis · Morality · Work · Being · Kiss · Truth —
Can you find a phrase or a quote:
you’re own or another’s for each of these themes?

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Thinking empirically is deriving knowledge and assumptions from experience, experiment, and perceptual evidence. Its thinking for practice and use in the real world.
Here are some Wise Quotes for empirical thinking by some very smart men:


In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.

— Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut


…science without ethics is sociopathology.
To say, “I’ll apply what I know regardless of the outcome
” is to take absolutely no responsibility for your actions.

–Bill Mollison


1. Out of clutter find simplicity
2. from discord find harmony
3. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity

–Albert Einstein
(three rules for work).


Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.

–Soren Kierkegaard.


Keep it simple, stupid.



Truth happens to an idea.

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Feeling Words for Writing

Word𐒖 to feel & write when reflecting the moment.—
Journaling \\ Creative Writing Aid::

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Journaling or writing Mental health / wellness workbook and can’t think what to write at the moment?:



I feel _______ OR I am feeling ________ because I think_________

happy safe scared sad angry
good natured secure anxious tearful trapped
Jubilant warm butterflies morning annoyed
Joyful trusting Afraid haunted outraged
glad trusted fearful lonely explosive
festive inviting nervous helpless irritated
cheerful desired harassed vulnerable resentful
elated satisfied insecure tragic vengeful
loved receptive unsure bullied provoked
loving free worried disappointed offensive
brotherly certain cowardly ashamed useless
playful self assured desperate repugnant forced
aroused inspired threatened indignant pessimistic
esteemed encouraged suspicious lost dull
confident inspired wary pulled careless
provocative enthralled doubtful lousy apathetic
sexy manic victimized unhappy dispatched
manly , feminine energetic cheated confused uncared
comforted healthy wronged disoriented disjointed
strong pain-free terrified disillusion rejected
optimistic inquisitive alienated stupefied menaced
frisky curious offended stunned agonized
animated dependable hurt perplex menaced

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Hobbies and the art of being poor.

What poor people like —
– please feel free to add thoughts to the comments after the post-

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Being poor is pretty easy for me. I grew up with little money. Like many others who grew up poor like me: I can be tight with spending money and a penny pinching to ridiculous extremes.

However, my previous experience in being really poor helps prepare me to get by during these rough economic times. In fact I am quite a master of the art of being poor.
When times get rough we all need those little therapies… hobbies.

Hobbies are activities we do that peak  interests, often ask us to put time in effort to explore the creativity in us. Hobbies are good for are mental wellness… and with can be a fun diversion from the stresses of the bad economic times.

Some of favorite my cheap Hobbies:

Amateur Digital photography.
my first camera is worth about $60 (U.S),

I’ve used the  freeware (thats $0) for photo touch up…

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Here and Now, Revisited

Active Language & Zen perspective —

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I say “I have a memory” – I am remembering.
I say “I will take a walk”. -I am anticipating when ‘I am walking’.
I say “I had a conversation” – I am remembering when I was conversing.
I have a thought and a emotion. – I think, feel, and cognate.
When I read the paper about what is happening over there. I am reading right here.

remembering, walking, anticipating, conversing, reading … thinking, feeling, cognating, acting, doing, being and interacting, saying. — all happen in the Here and Now. The poetic license of of English Language can confuse us at times, but we happen in the here & now.

Here and Now Post – reposted:

From our first person point of view, what is happening is always in the present time.
What we think and feel about the future; the past; or somewhere else is actually taken place in…

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The Elephant man and dignity

Dignity —
A general description of prioritizing one
in comparison of “Other” (i.e. rigorous immidiate enviroment.)

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No movie has ever given a better definition of “dignity” than the Elephant man. And “dignity” is the highest value of humanism. The movie remains one of my favorites.

The Elephant manis based on the life of Joseph Merrik. Merrik was terribly deformed man who was labeled unemployable in Victorian England. He was barely able talk, illiterate and his physical problems made it difficult to walk. He would take a job as a carnival sideshow freak. The job gave him shelter, often that shelter was a cage. He was emotionally and physically abused by his employers.

The life Real Elephant man, Merrik was said to be a charming man. With the aid and the friendship of Doctor F Treves and staff of London Hospital, John eventually wrote poetry and painted. He became known as a great conversationalist and touched the hearts of people he meet in all…

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A practical definition of self

Boot_strapping it — Getting a sense of one’s
practical self and Core —

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“In the widest sense possible, mans Self: is the sum total of all he can call his,
not only  body and psychic powers, but  his clothes and his house, his wife and children, his ancestors and his friends,his reputations and works, his lands and his horses,  and yacht and bank account. All these things give him the same emotions.

William James psychologist, later pragmatist  (principles of psychology).
In James definition any  physical and psychic interaction one can claim   is  part ones  self.

I would narrow my definition of  “self”  to:
a constructed organization or  gestalt of   mind/ body, that may include an integration of:

  • Interests – likes, dislikes, concerns
  • Values – principles,  ideas  held as important and meaningful
  • Beliefs – that which I hold true
  • Sex,   Gender, and orientation
  • Strengths and limitations (real and perceived)
  • Memories
  • basic needs , capacities and drives.
  • Biology:-…

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Praying Mantis, Grasshopper !

Mantid -encounter from 2011

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An extra terrestrial encounter while I was painting the porch

praying mantis

No invasion grasshopper!… just a friendly praying mantis who apparently wanted to see what I was up to. I was standing nearing his home, the flower bed.

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