Reality Sandwiches is a book of poetry by Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, in which he uses “startling verbal juxapositions to suggest new ideas and connections.”
As a teenager, I was awoken from working class school doldrums, and feasted on this:
On Burroughs’ Work
“A naked lunch is natural to us,
we eat reality sandwiches.
But allegories are so much lettuce.
Don’t hide the madness.”
At 17, my beatnik boyfriend –brilliant, heart-broken by the world–introduced me and my brother to a counter-culture world full of art, music, Beat poetry, oppression & struggle, vulnerability & mercy, and a path to “be happy in the meantime.”
I’ve been providing psychotherapy in Bellingham since 1994. I’m a synthesizer and interpreter of therapy methods. I believe that all good therapy is an art, not a technique, and that as I am able to deeply attune to myself and my clients, relational healing takes place. You can read more on that at my psychology blog: Laurel Holmes Therapy Toolkit
I love my family, my 19 yo son (who just moved out), my husband, parents, and brothers. My interests constantly shift and flow in my life and my artworks. Pure Vata. Philosophy is a hobby. Nutrition is a hobby. Art is a hobby. I go intensely into one interest, get as much as I can, then lift off into the next inspiration. These days, I am absorbed in mixed media, painting portraits, showing my process through photos. I’m also reaching for great health, despite IBS (under guidance of Mark Hyman), and dancing Zumba. I’m a cult follower of both Tim Ferriss and Mr. Money Mustache. I can be seen regularly hanging with my Ladies Aid Society (LAS) girlfriends, who have big plans for coming to the aid of our town Bellingham.
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