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Mourning the Morning After – The Oscars and Addiction

Put aside the most unintentional moment of suspense and confusion in the history of the Academy Awards, and consider this iconic shot of Faye Dunaway the morning after her win for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, in 1977, where, sitting poolside at The Beverly Hills Hotel – with a makeshift floor mat of newspapers, their headlines as fleeting, and as disposable, as their physical value; going from the breakfast table to the birdcage to the trash within a matter of hours – this image captures the emotional range, from exhilaration to exhaustion, that is the match light of fame: It shows us that not even the pinnacle of celebrity –

Put aside the most unintentional moment of suspense and confusion in the history of the Academy Awards, and consider this iconic shot of Faye Dunaway the morning after her win for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, in 1977, where, sitting poolside at The Beverly Hills Hotel – with a makeshift floor mat of newspapers, their headlines as fleeting, and as disposable, as their physical value; going from the breakfast table to the birdcage to the trash within a matter of hours – this image captures the emotional range, from exhilaration to exhaustion, that is the match light of fame: It shows us that not even the pinnacle of celebrity – not even the most significant statuette in Hollywood – can erase the possible signs of isolation and depression.

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Rejection is God’s Protection

Rejection is an addict’s great fear. It removes all semblance of structure – it dismantles the emotional scaffolding that safeguards a person’s soul – banishing that man or woman to the temptations of drugs and alcohol; abandoning that individual to a long night of drunkenness, and an even longer descent into near-constant intoxication; poisoning that citizen with pills and powders, until the gravest worry ends at a gathering before an earthen grave for the latest victim of an overdose.

For those in recovery, myself included, rejection is a fact of life. How we deal with that pain, particularly for those who are artists (again, myself included), is critical to maintaining sobriety and good health.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/rejection-is-gods-protection_us_58af1fe9e4b0e5fdf6196f3b

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The Keys to the Kingdom

Imagine a childhood of schoolyard taunts and classroom tirades, where you feel miserable because others mock you for looking miserable; where you are an outcast, physically and academically; where your classmates torment you for being fat, and your teachers traumatize you for being dumb, when in fact you are none of those things.

Imagine the terror of dyslexia (before this condition had a name or a diagnosis), as you try – and sometimes cry – to make your way through a seemingly foreign language, while a member of your own household belittles your appearance and your peers laugh at you because of your weight.   See more..

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-keys-to-the-kingdom_us_58ab2710e4b0fa149f9ac930

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