So, I am building a retaining wall in my backyard.  To build it, I needed three long posts.  So, I went to Home Depot in my wife’s SUV.  I knew when I bought the three 4×4 posts that they were not going to fit into that back of her vehicle; that I would I would need to leave the back hatch open.  So, I drove home via side streets.  I remember complaining in my mind “This is going to take an hour.” because I would need to drive slowly.  As I drove, I was struck by the beauty of the well-manicured lawns, the rose bushes and people who cheerfully nodded and waved as I meandered by.  I swelled with gratitude that we live in such an amazing country.  At one point I took a “wrong turn” and ended up on a street that formed a big loop.  An elderly jogger smiled and waved at his neighbor and nodded to me as I drove past.  There was something especially warm and friendly about “Wrong Turn Loop”.  My guess is that the only people that drive that street are people who live there (neighbors) or people who are lost (me).  I felt welcomed there and had a odd feeling that should I stop, I would be enveloped in it’s bosom for good.  I drove on, savoring the variety of the beautiful homes along the way.  I have always wanted a water feature for our home, so this home (pictured) gave me some creative ideas as well as ideas for things I might try at home.

(to be continued in part 2, Positive #2: The Adventure of the Happy Therapist and three 4x4s: Three Little Girls)

Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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Let me start by saying a person should never, never, never go off their medications without talking to their prescriber. It is dangerous and potentially lethal.

According to the Behavioral Risk-Factor Surveillance System, Utah is currently the happiest state in the union. It is also one of the saddest. Utah sits right in the middle of the “suicide belt,” which stretches along the Rocky Mountains from Wyoming and Idaho, through Utah and Nevada and down to Arizona and New Mexico. As of 2008, the mortality rates gathered from the U.S. census indicated that Utah ranked ninth in the nation for suicides. In September 2010, the Utah Department of Health declared that Utah was the fourth greatest consumer of antidepressants in the nation with 12.71 percent of residents being prescribed antidepressants.

The problem is that these medications do not work on most of the consumers to whom they are prescribed. Continue reading Antidepressants don’t appear to work for most Utahns

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I love my mother-in-law. She is on a world cruise on the maiden voyage of the Queen Elizabeth. When we got word about the quake in Japan and the subsequent tsunami, we were immediately concerned for her safety. As it turns out, she was in the South China sea when the aquatic blast occurred and swept across the Pacific wiping out boat on the West Coast of the United States. But by virtue of her positioning, she is enjoying calm water. In fact, she heard a little something about it but did not really understand the extent of the damage until relatives began frantically attempting to reach her. Anyway, I am really glad she is okay.

Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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