May 28, 2009

Dem Blues…

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 5:12 am

depression_graphicDepression…What an ugly word. As a man it’s not even something we can readily share or admit. It’s almost taboo. I have to laugh because I had a few occasions where some of my close male friends and I have at one time or another, with tongue cheek confided that something was on us that we were having a hard time shaking something off. But, we never say the “D” word…. “LAUGHTER!”. We just could not say, hey, I’m feeling depressed. And sin of all sins, we are almost never allowed to say to our girlfriends or wives, I am feeling dot dot (can’t say the D-word).

As much as I’d like to say, “I was always able to Man-up!” so to speak, I just have to admit that I’ve had my days of struggling with “Da Blues”. Guess I have to turn in my man card now? Anyway, I write in part to say things that some want to say, but can’t or won’t. Depression is real. It’s even mentioned in the Bible.

I used to refuse to cry…period. I remember once in middle school, I broke my ankle playing football. As I lay there on the ground in agony, I started playing it off by laughing in an effort to keep my teammates from seeing me cry. I mean tears were squeezing out , but I just tried to make jokes and laugh while waiting for the ambulance. Later in life, I read that Jesus wept, boy was that a freeing moment!

Anyway, here’s some things about depression that I have researched and put together to at least let you know what’s going down, so you can get to getting back up if you ever need to! hope it helps.

While sadness touches all of our lives at different times, the illness of treating-manic-depressiondepression can have enormous depth and staying power. Even the ancient Greeks noted how disabling it could be, and that it was more than a passing bout of sadness or dejection, or feeling down in the dumps. If you have ever suffered from depression or been close to someone who has, you know that this illness cannot be lifted at will or wished or joked away. A man in the grip of depression can’t solve his problems by showing a little more backbone. Nor can a woman who is depressed simply shake off the blues.

Being depressed has nothing to do with personal weakness. Scientists’ developing knowledge of brain chemistry and findings from brain imaging studies reveal that changes in nerve pathways and brain chemicals called neurotransmitters can affect your moods and thoughts. These neurological changes may bubble up as symptoms of depression — including derailed sleep, suppressed appetite, agitation, exhaustion, or apathy. In addition, genetic studies show that although no single gene prompts depression, a combination of genetic variations may heighten vulnerability to this disease.

dbs-depression-front72-copyNerve pathways, chemistry, and genetics aren’t the whole story, though. Depression could be described as a lake fed by many streams. Its tributaries include traumatic or stressful life events, such as the death of a loved one, and psychological traits, such as a pessimistic outlook or a tendency toward isolation. An episode of depression may result from one particularly powerful experience or from a confluence of several factors. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, during a given year approximately 1 in 10 adults will suffer from some form of depression. Each episode usually affects a chain of people. It can fray bonds between you and your family and friends by spoiling intimacy, sapping emotional resources, and stealing the joy of shared pleasures.

Thankfully, years of research and breakthroughs have made this serious illness easier to treat. Early recognition of the signs of depression is more common than in the past. Newer treatments, such as drugs targeted at specific changes in brain chemistry, can cut short otherwise crippling episodes. A variety of drugs and therapies can also be combined to boost the likelihood of a full remission.

Just like a rash or heart disease, depression can take many forms.
Definitions of depression and the therapies designed to ease this disease’s grip continue to evolve. These shifts will continue to percolate through the field as more research flows in.

Hey fellow LifeTrain passengers, If you have ever suffered from depression (or think you have), know that you are not alone and it is nothing to be ashamed of. Seek help, and again know that you are not alone.

I mentioned earlier that depression was addressed in the Bible;

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Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 12:02 am

Hey passengers, talk about having a bad day….Check this guy’s day out!

A short guy is sitting at a bar just staring at his  drink for half an hour when this big trouble-making biker steps next to him,  grabs his drink, gulps it down in one swig and then turns to the guy  with a menacing stare as if to say, ‘What’cha gonna do about it?”feature-poison-375_tcm18-128717

The poor little guy starts crying.

“Come on man, I was just giving you a hard time,” the biker says.  “I  didn’t think you’d CRY. I can’t stand to see a man crying.”

“This is the worst day of my life,” says the little guy between
sobs.  “I can’t do anything right. I overslept and was late to an important
meeting, so my boss fired me.   When I went to the parking lot, I found
my car was stolen and I don’t have any insurance.  I left my wallet in
the cab I took home.” He continues crying even harder.  “Then I found  my
wife kissing the gardener and my dog bit me.

So, I came to this  bar trying to work up the courage to put an end to my life, and then  you show up and

drink the  poison.”

May 26, 2009


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May 25, 2009

Merry Monday…

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 12:57 am

Hard to be Merry while remembering all those.  But, God Bless America.

May 22, 2009

Me and My Main Man Monty!

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 1:00 am

Me and my main man Monty (Tart) wanna wish everybody a very safe and happy Memorial day!

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Chuckie's Song Of Tha Day! Let's….

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 12:46 am

Come on back to the Lounge Car and get cho Groove on!!!

One moe time…Keep-pit going

May 20, 2009

@ Da Movies

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(more later…write-up cometh)


May 19, 2009

We’ll Git R Three…

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 6:01 am

I am not a fair weather fan, I was there when Danny Ferry was a player, not the GM.

I am


Go Cavs!!!

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Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 12:01 am

If you haven’t heard…try PANDORA Radio or SLACKER Radio. Pretty good online radio stations.


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May 18, 2009

Merry Monday!!! Now Dats LUV!!!

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 5:45 am

Oh to find the love of one’s life.  Someone who loves you despite your imperfections.  Agape love love if you will.  Funny how marriages are now like pampers, disposable.  Anyway, WHAT THE!!!  This is Merry Monday!  Take a gander at the below and may your Monday and week be MERRY!!!

Now…fellow passegers, now this is what I call close intimacy to the utmost of “intamistivity”…(A Chuckie Word)

He ordered one hamburger, one order of French fries and one drink. The old man unwrapped the plain hamburger and carefully cut it in half.. He placed one half in front of his wife. He then carefully counted out the French fries, dividing them into two piles and neatly placed one pile in front of his wife.wall_hanging_hc70_l

He took a sip of the drink, his wife took a sip and then set the cup down between them. As he began to eat his few bites of hamburger, the people around them kept looking over and whispering. You could tell they were thinking, ‘That poor old couple – all they can afford is one meal for the two of them.’

As the man began to eat his fries a young man came to the table. He politely offered to buy another meal for the old couple. The old man said they were just fine – They were used to sharing everything.

The surrounding people noticed the little old lady hadn’t eaten a bite. She sat there watching her husband eat and occasionally taking turns sipping the drink.

Again the young man came over and begged them to let him buy another meal for them..This time the old woman said ‘No, thank you, we are used to sharing everything.’

As the old man finished and was wiping his face neatly with the napkin, the young man again came over to the little old lady who had yet to eat a single bite of food and asked ‘What is it you’re waiting for?’

She answered . . . .