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review 2017-07-12 15:02
The Book of Dahlia, by Elisa Albert
The Book of Dahlia - Elisa Albert

Dahlia Finger is kind of an asshole. She's 29 and spends her days sprawled out on her couch, smoking weed and watching movies, funded by her well-off father. One night she has a seizure and learns that she has a brain tumor. Though no one will actually say it, she doesn't have long to live.

 

This is not one of those novels of illness where there's redemption ahead or that's supposed to make you hopeful and grateful for life (beyond not having a brain tumor). For that reason, I appreciated and responded to it. Unlike all the books on cancer Dahlia and her parents buy in bulk that say "you can beat this thing" if only you have the right attitude, in effect making you responsible (and to blame) for your own illness, The Book of Dahlia illustrates how we as a culture fail to deal with mortality. Though it's not addressed specifically in the novel, I personally wonder how much that American idea of pulling oneself up by the bootstraps is at play, which easily translates into victim-blaming when one can't.

 

One of the platitudes often given regarding illness and healing is that a sufferer must let go of old resentments and anger, that these can make or keep one sick. As Dahlia considers and recounts her past, it's clear she has almost nothing but resentments, from a mother who essentially abandoned her family to the older brother, once close, who took out his own pain on her in the cruelest ways. Throughout her life she's plainly asked for help and been ignored. Maybe it says something about me that I couldn't blame her for her stubbornness in forgiving and forgetting. It feels like the only way she's able to have any agency during her illness.

 

If this sounds grim, it's not, or not only! Dahlia's voice is often funny, enough to make me laugh out loud while reading. Her humor may be bitter, but that suits me fine. At the end of the book there was a reading group guide that asked more than one question about whether one is able to sympathize with her; I absolutely could. I often like female characters in popular culture that others find abrasive, though I often wonder how much it's about gender.

 

The toughest and most affecting aspect of this book was the relationship between Dahlia and her older brother. As a younger sister myself, I'm always interested in and more sensitive to depictions of that dynamic. It broke my heart to read about the turn their relationship takes, how long Dahlia holds out and has faith in him, even insulting herself to get ahead of his insulting her. I both wanted and did not want Dahlia to forgive him. It made me want to call my own brother and thank him for not being a dick!

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text 2017-07-08 06:29
5 Healing and Treatment Steps at the World’s Best Rehab

 

Acknowledgement of the problem

To properly address the issue, the first step would be to acknowledge that there is indeed a problem to begin with. People who are addicted to drugs are sometimes in denial that they are already hooked with it. It’s only when the person starts to lose what he holds dear when he starts to realize how deep he is in the pit hole. Before you get to such a point, it would be best to get into the world's best rehab and seek help.

 

Inform the people around you

The next step is to talk with your family, close friends and loved ones in general. You might also want to consider talking to your manager to avoid losing your job and also to get all the support that you will need from different sources. When you have already expressed your need for help, it’s time to move to the next step which is to look for a facility where you can get professional treatment. Note that some few attempts may not be successful but it’s always best to try until you make it.

 

Look for a treatment center

There are different rehab centers around Malibu but it would be best if you would choose one that is closest to your location so you can opt for outpatient as a choice. This will also make it easier for your loved ones and family members to visit you.   

 

Choose the right treatment plan for you

At the world's best rehab, we offer different types of rehabilitation plans to our patients. We have treatment and care suited for inpatients and for those who want to get into our facility during schedules. Determine what type of rehab plan would work best for you.  

 

Start your way back to being healthy

In our facility, at the world's best rehab, we utilize holistic treatment approach with emphasis on the environmental, nutrition, emotional and spiritual aspects. We also have posh facilities and hotel-like accommodations suited for celebrity. Call us today for more information.

 

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text 2017-07-08 05:40
Who is Pax Prentiss of the Luxury Rehab?

 

To begin with, we should not ignore the mere fact that the crime rate has been spiking as of late with numerous killing sprees in the United States, terrorist attacks in London and, the apparent murdering of alleged criminals that has been banging the first year of the Duterte Administration in the Philippines. Why? It only means that the world we are living in right now has become less safe than it was, several years back. We should take this matter as a worldwide threat because if we let this criminals run around like chickens, chances are there will be a time when police can no longer handle them even with the help from the military. Now, there are many reasons as to why the crime rate has been spiking as if it’s a professional volleyball player and among those reasons is the equally rising of the drug addiction rate which has been bothering most countries in the world because let’s face the fact that drugs and crime do work together especially in rural areas. Now, there are currently a great number of facilities worldwide like the Luxury Rehab which can handle even the most complicated case of drug addiction. You see, for a drug addict to be able rid himself of the said condition, he will need professional and moral support. Fortunately, both can provided by our rehab facility.

 

Pax Prentis himself, the man behind the success of the Luxury Rehab, was first and foremost, an addict himself. He ingested heroin, cocaine and even alcohol almost on a daily basis. And yes, he had other problems especially with the way his father, Chris, made raised him. When Chris knew that Pax was an addict, he tried to have him helped but due to some reasons, nothing worked. It finally all went down to finding a narrow downed way of treating addiction as a disease and that alone, signalled that change was about for Pax and Chris. They started a rehab centre together back in 2001 and since then, more and more clients were able to free themselves from various addictions, thanks to the open-minded treatments that have been proven effective by research.

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review 2017-06-27 18:59
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate - Al Franken 
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate - Al Franken

It is terribly important that the most trusted figures in American politics right now are comedians: Al Franken, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert. It is important that our newest president has only ever actually been professionally successful as a television character.

 

Don't get me wrong: I don't think actors, performers, and certainly not writers are somehow less valid as elected officials. While the primary business of senators and congress people is lawmaking, I recognize that they themselves don't (possibly ever anymore) write the laws; federal laws are written by interested parties, think tanks, and congressional staff. So it isn't necessary to be a lawyer in order to shape laws. What is necessary: I think a broad, general interest is good; literacy is useful; the ability to listen is huge; one has to judge sources, because I'm sure there's never less than two sides to any issue, and all of them purport to have data backing them up, of which some must be less valid or useful than others; a willingness to admit ignorance and to learn is key, because no one is an expert in everything, and hastily-formed judgements are unlikely to result in successful solutions to complex problems. And of course, one has to be able to work with many difficult people, but that's true of all work, isn't it? That list of qualities leaves previous work experience pretty open.

 

It's important that our emperor is naked, and that as many people as possible are pointing at the bare ass he's waggling at us, and laughing. It's not possible to bring him down by arguing with him or fact-checking him: he's a shameless liar, he just makes shit up, most of his shtick is just childish insults. You can't argue with him. He doesn't believe in the idea of a fair fight. But you can point and laugh: he has no defense against mockery.

 

Franken is a mensch. I would give that man an organ I can't spare, secure in the knowledge that he would use it only for good. He is everything one could hope for in an elected representative, just once I would like to vote for someone who was so progressive and also so pragmatic. Harvard has gone up in my esteem by being Franken's alma mater. If you've never read any of Franken's political books you're in for a treat.

 

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