Category Archives: Addiction

Six Affirmations & A Tribute To The Puzzle Master

Oscar and Grammy-winning songwriter, and recovery advocate Paul Williams, and screenwriter and author Tracey Jackson join Norman B for the next edition of Life Elsewhere to talk about their book, Gratitude and Trust, just released in paperback. The two long-time friends teamed up to write the book, subtitled, Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life. The interview, like their book, is spirited, conversational, entertaining and educational. Paul and Tracey explain to Norman B how they combined the knowledge Paul has gained in the twenty-four years he has spent working in the recovery movement, healing both himself and helping others to heal and Tracey’s lifelong quest for peace and a daily routine to get her through the ups and downs of life.

He was America’s first celebrity crossword writer: He made appearances on Oprah and The Simpsons, he was featured in the hit 2006 documentary Wordplay, and was mobbed at book signings and crossword tournaments by fans. He was crossword constructor Merl Reagle who died August 22, 2015, after being hospitalized two days earlier for acute pancreatitis. Merl’sbusiness was words and mere words alone cannot do justice enough to tell how sad we are to mourn the passing of a favorite guest on Life Elsewhere. In our next edition, we will pay tribute to Mr. Reagle and listen back to a few samples of his famous wit and beloved personality.

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Catching Up.

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 12.41.02 PMThe latest edition of Life Elsewhere, Podcast featuring an extended interview with Dr. Dan Peters on the aftermath of the recent shooting in Isla Vista, California, is available here and here.

Coming up, June 9, at Life Elsewhere, we will celebrate World Cup Brazil 2014 with acclaimed creative director and soccer aficionado, Robert Priest who is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Eight by Eight a brilliant new magazine all about The Beautiful Game. Robert and his co-partner Grace Lee, have created a magazine that is not only beautiful to look at, its fascinating and entertaining, even to the non-soccer fan.

June 2, Jowita Bydloska, joins the program, author of Drunk Mom: A Memoir, a new book that pushes boundaries as she courageously shines the light on the twisted logic of an addicted mind and the powerful transformative love of one’s child. Norman B will explore with the author, the harrowing details and how her new book also gives hope, especially to those struggling in some way .

Further ahead on Life Elsewhere we will be talking with Richard Gabriel about his new book Acquittal: An Insider Reveals the Stories and Strategies Behind Today’s Most Infamous Verdicts which reads like fiction, only the explicit detail is all too real.  New York Times Best Selling author Kate Kelly has a new book, 
“>The Secret Club That Runs the World: Inside the Fraternity of Commodity Trader 
We’ll ask Ms. Kelly, “What shocked her the most during her research for this book” and “Should we the 99% be worried by the antics of traders?”. The Devil’s Workshop (Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad) is a new historical thriller by Alex Grecian. perfect book for reading on vacation, lying in the sun as the author takes into dark, dank places where Jack the Ripper roamed. We’ll ask Alex Grecian how he researches his books to provide such chilling detail and why his fascination with the past?

Last week, as way of showing our gratitude for your support of Life Elsewhere, we made an exclusive music mix for you to download. The response has been outstanding, but our server space can only handle so many downloads before it begins to cost us money to upgrade in order to accommodate the traffic. We want you to have the music mix, go download it now! To economize on our costs the download link will be disabled on June 1, 2014.

Here is a sample of the music we have included in the FREE mix, the late, great Gregory Isaacs from a Jamaican 12″ EP, Soon Forward

Download Norman B’s Exclusive Thank You Mix Here

 

 

 

What Don’t We Know & What Should We Know About Heroin & Addiction?

Jerry Stahl

The sad untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, probably due to a heroin overdose has once again thrown the media spotlight on drug abuse and addiction. At Life Elsewhere we ask, “What Don’t We Know & What Should We Know About Heroin & Addiction?” To learn more about heroin and addiction, we asked three people to help us. Norman B reached out to some of the professional and creative people he knows who have first hand knowledge of heroin addiction. Celebrated best-selling author, journalist and screenwriter, Jerry Stahl who’s memoir of heroin addiction, Permanent Midnight, was made into a film with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. Jerry has also written The Heroin Chronicles, Bad Sex On Speed and most recently, Happy Mutant Baby Pills, Jerry Stahl joined Life Elsewhere from Los Angeles. Patrick OneilAlso in LA, a returning guest to Life ElsewherePatrick O’Neil , former road manager for infamous Punk bands, including the Dead Kenndys, Flipper and TSOL. Patrick‘s rock & roll life led to heroin addiction which meant turning to a life of crime to support his ever-increasing habit. Eventually, Patrick O’Neil ended up in prison, serving time for robbing banks. His incarceration meant quitting heroin and discovering his talent for writing. Patrick‘s memoir Gun, Needle Spoon will be published next year. He is currently working on his next book, chronicling his former career as a road manager, (he read an excerpt from his forthcoming memoir in a past edition of Life Elsewhere).

Dr Romie Mushtaq

Traditionally trained neurologist and expert in the field of mind-body medicine, Dr. Romie Mushtaq joined the program to explain a branch of medicine that promotes the science behind mindfulness based techniques. Dr. Romie suggests it is false thinking to believe that quitting an addiction is simply “a matter of willpower”. The doctor says, most people do not understand that rewiring the brain’s reward system does not happen instantaneously. In order to train the brain to change from a reward pattern created by addiction, it takes long-term treatment. The mind-body perspective on addiction is that it is not a separate ailment, but rather a condition on the continuum of human suffering.

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