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Found an Old Friend! Hope she finds me back…

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Have been trying to get in touch with one of my old college roommates – Susan Elaine Dardes. She’s not on facebook, and keeps a pretty low profile on the web – at least under her professional name.  Finally figured out where she lives, works, who she’s married to (which I won’t go into because it’s no one’s business) and one of her passions. I hope she’s doing well…

She’s hugely supportive of the Buck’s County, PA group fighting domestic violence. Since I really wanted to see how she was doing, I managed to find a picture; she keeps a very low profile! Here is her taken in Nov. 2011 with other A Woman’s Place people:

Susan’s the one with the purple feather boa – That’s my girl!!!

So, Susan, if you (or your hubby) read this, know that your incredibly disorganized, somewhat deranged college roomie would love to hear from you – you can comment here or message me on facebook!

I’m still hunting down Joy and Lori to get back in contact with them. Ok, I guess Martha, Deb or Lisa (all of whom are fb buddies) might know, but I like to do things the hard way!!

 

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Dorthea Dix is Floating in the Water with the Corpse of NC’s Mental Health System

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(Please see my previous post “When will they eeeeever learn?” for the 1st part of this unfortunate series…)

Hey! They’re at it again!

Who’d have thought? Did anyone “thought”?

I’m pretty sure the answer to that is

“No, and who cares?”

It’s just those crazy people. The court said they had to be cared for in the least restrictive environment possible; isn’t under the bridge least restrictive? The ones in prison? Oh, they’re not our problem. They’re criminals, right? Mentally ill, you say?

Look, there’s some birds!

The controversy over closing Dix has been going
& going for years. For much too long, it’s also been a distraction from the real issue: North Carolina no longer has ANY public mental health system. Yes, there are a few feeble farcical fronts (hehe) claiming to serve those poor, lazy, undeserving wretches. They left almost 1,000 beds (in the entire state…); surely there was no need for 1700… We have plenty of least restrictive environments… our roads are just great!!

Bird! Bird! Quick! Look!


No money? Why is there no money? Because we
MADE CERTAIN there was no money! We put NO MONEY in the budget, then we complain there’s no money?

Look! A Bird with Money in its Beak! Wait a minute; that’s not a Bird!

Flying to contractors in the county where the “New” Cherry Hospital is being built.

Did the State pick “the lowest bidder” ? Well, sure, we made certain of that…  Our buddy Jim-Bob put it in, of course…   Will there be cost over-runs?

BBWWWHHHHAAAAAA!!!! (That’s the noise the Bird makes when it sees food…)

Here I present the latest “News” article”:

Money problems pushing NC psych hospital’s closure

RALEIGH, N.C. — The spirit of “Dorothea Dix” says too many mentally ill people are still waiting for help from the state, or getting little like when she first visited North Carolina 163 years ago.

Her CORPSE is rotating in her grave faster than a cat on a fair ride!


“Dix” was actually Wake County activist Ann Akland, wearing a long, 19th century-style dress while playing the role of the public mental health pioneer in front of microphones and TV cameras. She pleaded on behalf of Dix workers, advocates and patients for state officials not to close the state psychiatric hospital bearing Dix’s name.

But she didn’t throw money…   they can’t hear if they don’t smell $ at the same
time!

“The same thing that was happening in 1848 is the same thing that’s happening today,” Akland said in front of the Legislative Building last week. “Many can live productive, independent lives, but they need help. They need treatment. They need help in our psychiatric hospitals.”

Who? What? Gov. Perdue can’t HEAR you…     Where’s the money??

Look!The Handsome Bird…

But with a modern replacement for Dorothea Dix Hospital in Butner already taking patients and the state facing a potential $3.5 billion budget gap next year, Gov. Beverly Perdue may have little choice but to close Dix.

How is it a ” replacement ” if it has fewer beds than JUH & DDH had together?? Do they understand the word “replacement”?

Oh, as in “They replaced the name-brand with a much cheaper after-market part made in Somalia”?

OK. I Understand now. Birds, do you understand?

“ The bottom line is there are no new moneys. There are very few resources, ”Perdue said in an interview.   “I don’t believe that given the current fiscal environment, North Carolina can afford to keep Dix open. Patients will be transferred and they will be given great, great care.”

Dear Gov. Perdue, When was the last time you visited an acute adult ward in one of our state hospitals incognito? Hysterical joke you made there – connecting the words “great, great” with the word “care”!

I’m looking for the News Birds!! 


Wake County legislators who want to delay closure at the hospital that opened in 1856 will need the support of other colleagues during the 2011 session. Many argue Dix exemplifies the failings of mental health reforms in North Carolina that haven’t made up for a 44 percent reduction in the number of institutional beds.

Hey! These the people are right! But they aren’t waving money,   so no one can hear them.

“Several years ago the mental health reform process was assumed to work, and it hasn’t,” said Rep. Deborah Ross, D-Wake, who plans to file a bill to try to prevent the closure if she’s re-elected.

Ummm, If the patients are transferred in December & you, if re-elected – Wait! What’s wrong with this picture? I mean, besides the Large Purple Bird standing in the way?


You’re ALREADY in office, sweetie!!   Where’s the bill?  Why is it waiting for your ” re-election “?

Of Course! Blackmail – It’s what’s for Politics!!

Stop hiding behind that Bird!

The General Assembly agreed in 2003 to build a new hospital to consolidate Dix and John Umstead Hospital, also in Butner. Dix, which had between 300 to 400 beds for several years, initially was supposed to close in 2007. Buildings there are several decades old, and residential space doesn’t comply with modern building codes.

Why in Butner?   Because it’s SOOO convenient for all the patients now served by Dix? Because then you can take the land DDH is on & sell it to the highest bidder? In direct violation of State Law? Wipe up all that drool off the floor, you (fill in the blank with ugly word of choice)

Don’t blame the Bird! That’s so disgusting, the Bird won’t even get near it!

The first patients arrived at new Central Regional Hospital in July 2008, but Dix patients were delayed for a year
while litigation by Disability Rights North Carolina led to safety improvements at Central. Now the Department of Health and Human Services is moving another 125 beds from Dix to Butner and 30 more to Cherry state hospital in Goldsboro. Only 30 forensic beds — for minimum security patients committed because of crimes — and a child outpatient program could remain at Dix by Christmas.

Falalala lala lala.

Sorry, Santa doesn’t bring new buildings for the Criminally Insane … Nor does he actually build more space at CRH or Cherry. Those extra folks from Dix will actually be put right into high-class rooms at – guess where?- the old JUH!!  Not to mention the o nes going to Cherry. Aren’t they justifying the new hospital because of “over-crowding”? Where are they putting these 30 beds?

On the roof? With Santa, I presume…

The shift is necessary, according to the department, because it received no additional funds to operate Dix this year, leaving it with a $29 million shortfall. State hospitals division director Luckey Welsh told a legislative oversight committee last week that the change will save the state $16.9 million and slightly increase the number of beds at the state’s four psychiatric hospitals. Dix workers have been offered jobs at Central.

Umm, see the beginning of my post…     No budget line = no $.

Welsh said later plans are being formulated to close Dix entirely, but state law requires it first get approval from
Perdue and the Council of State. Lawmakers also could vote against the closure. The forensic beds would stay at Dix for awhile longer even if Dix closes but would be managed by Central Regional.

Same song, different verse. Purdue’s stumbling all over herself to approve the closing. They’ve been formulating these “plans” since 2001.

Who’s formulating them? Monkeys with typewriters???

Bed capacity at state mental hospitals dropped from 1,717 as of June 2000 to 954 last summer, according to department figures. Advocates said that’s the wrong direction (duh) when community treatment hasn’t reached levels envisioned when lawmakers began reform in 2001 in part to comply with federal court rulings that mentally ill patients be served in the least restrictive settings possible. The idea was to use money saved by downsizing the mental hospitals to expand community treatment capacity.

Look! Isn’t that a Bird? Look at the Bird!! Don’t look under the bridge!

But budget shortfalls have forced cuts in services, and some state hospital admissions actually rose. The state also wasted as much as $226 million through providing non-medical care for at-home patients, according to a legislative report.

Wasted? Wasted? How ’bout “allowed itself to be robbed of”? Or “was complicit in $226 million disappearing into pockets of unqualified, uncontrolled, un-inspected greedy companies”? Or “so totally ignored what was going on, it was criminal”?

BTW, who is “The State”? Can “The State” be held accountable?

Hey, wasn’t that MY MONEY???? Bird, Bird, come back!!


“The state continues to operate (Dix) on an old, outdated, flawed plan about how to develop a continuum of care for people with mental illness,” said Vicki Smith, executive director at Disability Rights, which wants more attention to community-based care.

Old? Was this the plan they were using i n 1850? That one where Aunt Sally was locked in the back room & Uncle Paul was chained to the wall?

Akland, with the Wake County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, said closing Dix makes no sense when thousands of people are in inappropriate settings for treatment.

No. Really? Isn’t that bridge an appropriate  setting?

Smith’s group filed a complaint in August highlighting poor conditions for mentally ill patients winding up in adult c are homes. Akland uses state data to argue there are six times as many prisoners with serious mental illness as there are beds in state mental hospitals. The Correction Department couldn’t immediately confirm the numbers.

Most “adult care homes” are only a little bit better than under the bridge. But I hear the food’s better in prison…Is that why there are more mentally ill people there? I hear they get “3 hots & a cot”…

Rep. Jeff Barnhart, R-Cabarrus, a likely key budget-writer next year should the GOP take over the House, said it would be a tough choice to close Dix. But he said it’s hard to justify keeping it open when the state is entering a third straight year of budget gaps. What? By that “logic”, we should close UNC Hospitals too. They cost a huge amount of $ and we already have so many private alternatives. Look! We have Duke & WakeMed & Greenville & Rex, etc…

“We’re more of in a survival mode,” Barnhart said. 

Yeah? When’s the last time YOU lived under a bridge?

Dead Bird.


I guess I should have titled this post:

“NC releases hundreds of mental health patients to least restrictive environment:  under the bridge”

Original WRAL article is Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved (copied from the WRAL News website)

Stuffs About Dragonmum (please read before making inflammatory comments!)

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9/27/2010………  If you read my early blog entries, you’ll get a pretty clear picture of who I am & how I live! Since I wrote them, I’ve completely retired, Mom has died, Nik is taller than my Father, &  I haven’t sold on-line since January. We’ve had people come in and help clear out a significant amount of the physical chaos, which I’ve been unable to tackle physically. (No, Nuri, I am not a hoarder XP)

I’m glad to answer questions or open a dialog with anyone about the contents of my blog. I will not disclose personal information, other than that contained in my blog, unless I know you pretty well. Be assured that, if I rant about something, I have the academic background, intellectual credentials & plain ol’ horse sense to justify having an opinion on the subject. ( one benefit of being over-educated & terminally curious) Therefore, I will not respond to any “who do you think you are…”  comments. I know who I think I am. Just told you, so you can leave that part off.

You can ignore any of the references to on-line selling prior to this date. I’m completely revamping my sales strategies, as well as contents of my on-line store or stores. Almost everything will be vintage – accessories & great stuffs, like my trolls plus jewelry, lots of shiny jewelry. Mmmm, jewelry… . (note: I thoroughly research the items I sell – one of my huge pet peeves – and one that I’ve profited from – is people not knowing what they’re selling.  That’s just stupid.) I’ll definitely make an announcement when Dragonmum returns to the viscous world of on-line commerce!

Selling Votes and Christmas Presents. When will it end???

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Time flew by and I didn’t even notice it had been an entire month since I’ve posted!!  My head has been spinning with all the “stuff” going on…personal, business, and – who could forget? – political!!

I just want to put my head down and scream “Leave me alone!!  I’ve already made up my mind!” Is there anyone in the country who hasn’t? Are there truly some “undecided” voters?  Hah! Seems to me the average voter just believes what they hear, then go vote for whoever sounds familiar. (See Nuri’s Blog for her wonderful rant on this subject..)

I went to our State Fair Sunday and stopped at the NC Dems booth.  Wanted an Obama sticker. Wanted a sticker for Kay Hagan (running for Senate against that dainty rich entitled Republican lady-dog Dole). Didn’t want one for the chicky running for Governor – she’s slimey with the tentacles of the current administration, who are all whores to special interests & incompetent to boot. So, I asked the nice man furiously handing out stickers if they had any of the ones I wanted. He just shook his head.  It was only the 3rd day of the Fair, and they’d run out of the 2 large cases of Obama stickers they’d started with on Friday. Ok, what about Kay? Again, all gone!  I took a “I’m a decider! Dems in ’08” sticker, and looked over on the table for what else I could score.  Then I saw it… a LARGE pile of Bev Purdue stickers just stacked up neatly. It speaks for itself, don’t it???

My Heavens!  I’m going to vote for a Republican??? for Governor???  Yeah!  When the Democrat choice is   !!!!

Must…change….topic….

Got a tip from an OLA friend about a new site (well, new to me) for knitters and knitter wanna-be’s (that’d be me!).  It’s Knittinghelp.com. They have a section to talk about your on-line or otherwise business connected with yarn.  I was glad to be able to put in a plug for Dragonmum’s Hoard and all my little yarny things…. like the vintage yarn I still haven’t sold – remember that yarn?  Here, in case you don’t….

Here’s my Paton’s Highland wool and a knitting book straight out of the 60s!!Chuck likes the Red Heart Wool the best!!

Now I’m starting to list my Christmas goodies!  Santas for decoration, jewelry for gifts and fuzzy animals for the rugrats!

This Bisque Santa Figurine by Enesco is a 1985 collectible St Nicholas circa 1890 in the The Santa Claus Shoppe Series. The Ceramic Porcelain Figure is very detailed; he carries a Christmas tree & Toys for gifts.

This Colorful ceramic butterfly is a larger than life Ruby Z pin by one of the founders of the California Ceramic Jewelry Movement, Candace Loheed. It’s Hand-painted OOAK large butterfly pin measures 3 3/4″ X 2″. and is marked “Ruby Z”.

This Orange & Gold Christmas ornament snack plate by department 56 is useful & decorative. Dishwasher & Microwave safe. This Cheerful Holiday Plate measures: 7″ diameter; the gold handle sticks out 1¾”

I Have tons of Winnie the Pooh items including this wall plaque, Pooh with a Star figurine, and this dear Classic Pooh mug.

If you click on any of these images, you’ll go straight to the listings!!

Here are some of my other recent offerings.  I’ve listed a ton of designer ties; it’s been fun learning about the different designers. And more destash – fabrics fabrics fabrics!!

This is one of my coolest ties. It’s from the Tsitouras collection.  I really like this Halston tie with the great fall oak leaves. What can I say about the Oscar de la Renta tie? Retro!!

The fabric is just as good!  This heavy silky German fabric is so soft and flowing, it was hard for me to put it up for sale!!

I’m hoping things will pick up now the Christmas season coming up way too fast.  Did we skip Halloween already??