Peace be with you, a day at a time, friend. Glad to hear that you are feeling better today. Does anyone find the ‘perfect’ day? Doubt that there is such a day. There are highs and lows every day. Some days of sadness are an accumulation of several days of broken expectations. Soon all those little joyless days are over and done! There is no place for listless joy to go but ‘up’ and ‘happy’ since we have traveled the road before. Soon, we can expect a ‘kinder’ day and even an unexpected ‘happier’ day. Given time, it will come to us if we can but wait. Just one more day.

Charlotte M. Liebel

Posted in Philosophy | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment


The DSM IV is published by the American Psychiatric Association.  Much of the information from the Psychiatric Disorders pages is summarized from the pages of this text.  Should any questions arise concerning incongruencies or inaccurate information, you should always default to the DSM as the ultimate guide to mental disorders.

Visit the site for more information.

The DSM uses a multiaxial or multidimensional approach to diagnosing because rarely do other factors in a person’s life not impact their mental health.  It assesses five dimensions as described below:

Axis I: Clinical Syndromes

  • This is what we typically think of as the diagnosis (e.g., depression, schizophrenia, social phobia)

Axis II: Developmental Disorders and Personality Disorders

  • Developmental disorders include autism and mental retardation, disorders which are typically first evident in childhood

  • Personality disorders are clinical syndromes which have a more long lasting symptoms and encompass the individual’s way of interacting with the world.  They include Paranoid, Antisocial, and Borderline Personality Disorders.

Axis III: Physical Conditions which play a role in the development, continuance, or exacerbation of Axis I and II Disorders

  • Physical conditions such as brain injury or HIV/AIDS that can result in symptoms of mental illness are included here.

Axis IV: Severity of Psychosocial Stressors

  • Events in a persons life, such as death of a loved one, starting a new job, college, unemployment, and even marriage can impact the disorders listed in Axis I and II.  These events are both listed and rated for this axis.

Axis V: Highest Level of Functioning

  • On the final axis, the clinician rates the person’s level of functioning both at the present time and the highest level within the previous year.  This helps the clinician understand how the above four axes are affecting the person and what type of changes could be expected.




Posted in Psychology | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

THE ORANGUTAN DOME: UNDER TELEPATHIC VOICE ~ by Charlotte M. Liebel ~ In a rustic garden…



“Excuse me Sir,” said Lisa to the Orangutan as she sat at the far end of his rustic garden bench. “I’ll not sit long. It’s just that you look so comfortable and I am so exhausted having lost my way in your lovely garden paradise.”




Noticing that the Orangutan appeared relaxed gave Lisa confidence to share her thoughts about her admiration of his kind. “Surely, you’re not Brian but you might have run into him sometime. There’s a gentle love between Brian and his rescuer named Brian Matthews that I read about in an article of DISCOVER LIFE dot com. The dear man is about to embark on a journey to find his young friend.”


Having no wish to seem pushy, she paused a moment. As her story seemed urgent and necessary, she cleared her throat and proceeded with this one-sided conversation that appeared to receive encouragement. The Orangutan turned his head to face Lisa nodding and as he did so his bottom lip turned inside out revealing lots of pink skin from inside his mouth. At this phase of their communication, Lisa became encouraged.


In this intimate moment, she said, “Sir Orangutan, I can only imagine that you belong to someone much loved as Brian’s friend. It touches my heart that your bright red coat looks well-groomed and shiny and your disposition is pleasant and kind.” Such a dear creature were her thoughts from out of the blue.


Thoughtfully continuing her message, before departing, Lisa felt she must try with all her mental powers to convey it by magic. Then she spoke in a telepathic voice that would get her point across and, now, Sir Orangutan could tell his friends about the love of many.


The join the Ape Alliance at Hope4Apes, an inspiring evening with experts in ape conservation – Chanee (Aurélien Brulé), Dr Birute Galdikas, Dr Jane Goodall DBE, Ian Redmond OBE, Dr Jo Thampson – hosted by Sir David Attenborough and with a panel discussion chaired by conservationist Mark Carwardine.

Where: The Lyceum, 21 Wellington Street, London WC2E

When: 7pm, 6 December 2010

Posted in Charlotte M Liebel, Philosophy, THE DOME SERIES | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

THE TROPHY DOME: UNDER STARRY SKIES by Charlotte M. Liebel ~ Remember the senseless romantic dance?


Take the tune of “Don’t Fence me in!” Reminiscing about one of the senseless romantic dances mature men try to play throughout their boyhood delusional days.  Most of the time women will dance to the tune a couple of years. How does it work?

It’s a good guess that women have learned more steps, heard more stories, lied, been lied to, and communicated their intentions through more channels than a man. We are talking about a favorable relationship. Two years running.


Funny how the wolf sees and hears no resistance to his premise that he needs no intention to establish future roles in mind with his soul-mate. However right this seems to him doesn’t mean squat to her. If she is interested in a future with him, there is no doubt she can work it out by degrees.


Just to level the playing field, the lady takes the challenge for a number of years agreeable to her alone. If and when it doesn’t work out she’ll leave.  “Thanks for the Memories.”

Here is a mild train wreck if there ever was one.  Can you guess who is in charge?





Posted in Charlotte M Liebel, Philosophy, THE DOME SERIES | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

#EASY ~ SHARE ~ #KIDS #FUN #TEACH #WRITE and #PLAY ~ Parts of Speech- Autumn Sort

#KIDS  #FUN  #TEACH  #WRITE and  #PLAY ~ Parts of Speech- Autumn Sort

Students sort 24 cards into four groups of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.




Posted in KIDS | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Want to Be Successful? Beware of End-of-the-Rainbow Thinking

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Our culture has been infected with a disease of distortion, what I’m calling “End-of-the-Rainbow-Thinking.” We can all be guilty of this. We see the mega-best-selling-indie, the New York Times best-selling author, the successful small business, the guy with the big house or the family who lives debt-free and we scope-lock on the end result as if this “success” POOF! erupted from the ether.

Reality television superstars, fluke mega-advances for first-time authors, and lottery-winners only reinforce this Get-Successful-Quick-With-No-Effort-On-Our-Part mindset.

The Kardashian Konundrum

A couple days ago, I was checking out at the grocery store and there is an entire issue of a magazine devoted to Kim Kardashian. Why? What has she contributed other than fodder for the gossip mill? Yet, these are the role models that, whether we like it or not, can infect how we view ourselves, our goals and what we seek to accomplish.

We must be mindful to…

View original post 1,307 more words

| Leave a comment


The word ‘cryptic’ represents mystery and confusion. In general, it means a set of words that holds secrets. Story titles have the ability to attract readers where content is brief therefore it serves a purpose. Satisfaction follows in the details of the story.

Before opening that can of worms, I think it’s fair to say that content is revealed by writers trying to make sense of a mystery. Politics has it’s own set of rules and reporters have a berry of a stew trying to unravel that type of secretive information for audiences. Criminals hold their own audience and investigative detectives delve deeply into thoughts of these devious minds to capture them.


Poets are mystery writers. They develop a unique approach to language. In addition, they are sensitive to their use of words and their approach is often to write ambiguous tales with a secretive understanding that many people will understand differently. These are the poets that can become famous because their secrets can speak to the masses.

If the poet is feeling melancholy then the atmosphere will undoubtedly drip moisture from clouds and mist the garden. Words will likely sound dramatic and reflect nostalgic feelings of the past. Reflective thoughts will be pronounced in dialogue reminiscent of Blanche the character in ‘Streetcar Named Desire’ who goes on and on about herself.  Her cohort expresses impatience and fights back. A visual appears reminiscent of Marlon Brando.

Something else that draws reflection in a book or a play is the art of creativity for it’s own sake. Herein, the author might easily be writing for their own enjoyment where critics better fear to tread. The language can sound melodic and flowery or sharp as tacks.

I recall working as secretary to the Personnel Officer who worked under the Captain of the  Naval Shipyard in Louisiana during one of the conflicts of war. Some of my duties were to write letters dictated by my boss for the Captain. On any given day, the Captain might want letters to show his authority or to show his humanity.

This was hard to predict so my boss would smoke his cigarette a few minutes and look around the open office and down the hallway for clues. He might as well have pulled out his Ouija board. If he looked nervous before leaving his desk, it was because he was close to taking a swig of whiskey from a small bottle he kept in his bottom drawer easily camouflaged with files. He never did.

Finally, upon his return from his rendezvous, he might say, “The Captain wants his letters ‘flowery’ today.”

This just goes to show that poets spring from all walks of life. I never learned if the Captain’s wife was responsible for his mood swings or the crew of the ships, docked at the rear of the building, were late serving lunch.


CRYPTIC: 1. mysterious in meaning; puzzling; ambiguous: a cryptic message. 2. abrupt; terse; short: a cryptic note. 3. secret

Posted in Charlotte M Liebel, Philosophy, THE DOME SERIES | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment