Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Written on front: W.F. Reeves
Written on verso: Camp Douglas, U.T., Jan. 24th / 66. Received Feb. the 17th, 1866.
Walter Francis Reeves was my great-great grandfather. He was born in Ohio, near Kent, Oct. 13, 1838, the youngest child of Walter Francis Reeves and Martha (Gee) Reeves. His Dad was a vet of the War of 1812 and died when Walter the 2nd was very young.
Even so, since Walter the 2nd shared his father's name, he was known as "Frank."
The Reeves family moved to Michigan. The early 1860s was something of whirl for Frank. He married Lydia Melissa Upham in 1861. Became a father in 1862. And then joined the Union Army at the very end of 1863.
Frank was one of Custer's Wolverines, being a private in the 5th Michigan Cavalry (Co. G). He took part in many battles, including the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, Five Forks, and Appomattox. In some of these battles, Frank might've been shooting at relatives of mine on my Dad's side who were serving in the Confederate Army.
My grandmother, who remembered him well, told me Frank used to call U.S. Grant "a drunken butcher." Although he was proud he served his country, he carried very bitter memories of the War. It never ceases to astound me that I heard opinions of a Union vet only second hand, and know quite a bit about his personality from people who remembered him. Our history is closer than we think.
After marching in the Grand Review, Frank didn't get to go home to Michigan. Instead they transferred him into the 1st Michigan Calvary and sent him out West in places like Fort Leavenworth, Fort Laramie, and as shown in this tintype, Fort Douglas, Utah Territory. He did take part in some battles with the Native Americans, including at Willow Springs, Dakota Territory, Aug. 12, 1865.
Frank was honorably discharged at Salt Lake City on Mar. 10, 1866. So far as I know, at that time he had been the farthest West of any of my ancestors. He would return.
One-stop shopping for law enforcement, government regulation agencies, scambusters, cultbusters, fraudfighters, media, First Nations activists, pyramid scheme students, unethical hypnosis critics, and those attracted to the bizarre circus and dangerous group called "Psychology of Vision." It is quite a show.
This post is updated and edited frequently.
Grifters Hotel - Blogger
What is a Cult? / Carol Giambalvo
Psychology of Vision / Psiram. Nice source for the academics and the best for a one-stop overview. Includes lots of bibliographical references
The Steve Tipaldi Story
(Some background on a tragic suicide and part of why Hawaii fined Chuck in 2004 for pretending to be a psychologist)
Psychology of Vision, Chuck and Lency Spezzano - Cult Education Forum
The Manipulation of Spiritual Experience: Unethical Hypnosis in Destructive Cults / Linda Dubrow-Marshall, Ph.D. and Steve K. Eichel, Ph.D., ABPP
Psychology of Vision, Spezzano and Associates Ltd Chuck and Lency Spezzano scam psychology & healing seminars KANEOHE Hawaii - Ripoff Report
Taking Advantage of Seeking a Better Life / by Brian Lynchehaun
10 fun ways to social hack an awareness training from the inside out - Large Group Awareness Training Truth
Bad Ads: Psychology of Vision and Light Healing Therapy - Mind Factory
Research needed on Chuck Spezzano's " Psychology Of Vision healing model" - New Age Fraud Forum
The Dangers of Hypnosis / Jeremy Wheeler
Walk Away Exit Counseling / Madeleine Landau Tobias
Profile of a Sociopath
Couple Questions Alternative Healing Groups' Activities on Haida Gwaii / by Rob Smith, text article from APTN.
POV Redux / Mind Factory
A Conversation re: PoV / Mind Factory
Plastic Healers / APTN Investigates
Directory and Ratings of New Age/Spiritual Workshops / Kelly Tobey. A fascinating peer review and intelligently presented. Basically provides a set of professional standards for New Age/Spiritual practitioners and uses that as a measurement. Psychology of Vision does not fare well.
New Age / Conspiracy Guy ep. 2
ConAcademy v. 1 / Skeptic
New Miracle Cure for Basically Everything, Including Cancer, Discovered! / Gemma Arrowsmith
Ist Psychology of Vision eine Sekte? / gutefrage.net
Church of the Quivering Brethren
THX 1138 escape scene
Dracula (1931) / Van Helsing resists "downloading"
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) / If it hurts it isn't love
All About the Money / Meja
Wikipedia rejects Chuck Spezzano as a subject for not being notable enough, 2010
CCP Cheerleader, Islam Day Author Would like you to Meet $1000/hr ‘Hero of Forgiveness’ / Hawai'i Free Press, July 28, 2012
We Are the Borg
"Boy, that's really profound. Sure worth three thousand dollars, huh?"/ Rubin and Ed
Neurolinguistic programming [NLP] / RationalWiki
Coaching for Vision (Chuck Spezzano is not an APA-accredited "psychologist"-- he calls himself a "coach." Calling him a "psychologist" is spreading disinformation and putting to question the credibility of the rest of the message of whatever source makes that claim to bolster their own credentials. Examples below-- one even comes from a PoV website and another from a Spezzano co-author!)
Selected Psychology of Vision and Related Websites
Psychology of Vision 2011 Trainer's Manual
Psychology of Vision Trainer Application Process 2015
Psychology of Vision main website
Chuck and Lency Spezzano website
Chuck and Lency Spezzano blog
Lency Spezzano on YouTube
Chuck Spezzano on YouTube
Joining - A Powerful Bonding & Healing Technique / by Peter J. Granger in HypnotherapyCourse.net
The Power of Joining / Matt Blythe
Steps to Leadership / Pam Carruthers
Healing Stars - Psychology of Vision / Pam Carruthers
Healing Keys - Metaphor A-Z / Chuck Spezzano and Janie Ticehurst (Janie calls Chuck a "psychologist" in her bio)
Lency's Ripoff Report Rebuttal
(Fact checker's paradise)
Private Coaching with Chuck Spezzano for $1000 an Hour / PoV Events UK (price went up in Dec. 2013) to:
Private Coaching with Chuck Spezzano for £675 an Hour (i.e. over $1100)
Self-Annihilation is Leading People to Enlightenment / Lency Spezzano makes observations on the Chinese. A must-read for all Asian PoV followers. ("My husband and I are currently working with a group of 90 people in Guangzhou China. Most of them are beginners to my work, so it will be interesting to see how far I can get with them. They are keen to get enlightened, but their level of maturity is low.")
Greater Intimacy with God YouTube / Lency Spezzano (aka, The "Spinning"-- a MUST SEE!!)
Original Mind Download on YouTube / Lency Spezzano (the one featured on APTN)
Gaia Discussion Forum Feb. 2005 / uncontrollable shaking in PoV explained
Our Use of Psychology of Vision / Emotional Intelligence at Work
Chuck Spezzano interviewed by Nick Williams, 2011
Lency Spezzano Downloads/Joins with an Elephant / Julian, PoV Forum, May 14, 2001. The link won't take you directly there, so here's a cut and paste:
i've tried lency's joining method with dogs and cats mostly but also a raven
and sometimes it's incredible
a feeling of communion in love
and a sense of the wisdom
within the animal
and sometimes i get a little scared
i know lency joins with creatures too
(she once described joining with an elephant)
the method is exactly the same as with people,
reach out to join in love
and just feel whatever feelings come up
until there's just love
i would guess that animals feel grace
in the same we that we do
a little research needed ?
God and I / Chuck Spezzano YouTube
Nightlight Newsletter, Jan. 2010 / Chuck Spezzano dodges bullet, reacts to astral attacks
Are We One? / Chuck Spezzano YouTube
Can AIDS Be Healed? / Chuck Spezzano YouTube
Psychology of Vision Triangle Model Explained (Chuck is called a "psychologist")
Should I stay or should I go? / Marie Murphy Douglas ("Psychology of Vision, it turns out, is run by perfectly normal psychologists and is not a cult, much to Marie's relief.")
Life after Psychology of Vision (PoV) / Shining World of Ann, Apr. 5, 2007 ("Hm....its been 1 month from the last PoV. Can't imagine i really spent $1200 on 2 PoV sessions without feeling any pinch...but its definitely worth it. :)")
Fast track to femininity: Why competing with men has left women out of touch with their feminine side / Anna Pasternak, UK Daily Mail Online (Quotes from "Psychologist Jeff Allen, founder of Psychology of Vision ...")
About Us / Arielle Essex ("Because many life problems stem from relationship issues, Arielle trained with clinical psychologist, Dr. Chuck Spezzano to learn how to apply the transformative thinking of ‘A Course in Miracles’ to problematic issues.")
My Blog / Andrew, Thinkshift Clinic ("In 2001-2004, in the UK, Canada, Switzerland and Germany, Andrew undertook extensive training in relationship and family dynamics, leadership skills and the use of transformational processes via Psychologist Dr Chuck Spezzano’s the co-founder of Pyschology of Vision.")
Healer Aurora Alexandru offers Life Coaching And Healing For All Round Wellness / Before It's News, Apr. 10, 2013 (Chuck Spezzano, an expert psychologist and author confirmed, “All our heartbreaks and hurts are subconscious communications with messages to significant people.”)
Chuck and Lency Spezzano in the UK 2014 / PoV UK website ("CHUCK SPEZZANO is one of the world’s leading psychologists and experts on relationships and personal growth therapy.")
21st Century Dynamics / Doug Anderson
Linked In / Doug Anderson
YouTubes of APTN broadcasts / Melissa Meyer
Breaking the Silence and Healing the Legacy / Melissa Meyer
Linked In / Jeff Allen
Linked In / Melissa Meyer
2014 Graduate Mastery Program / Chuck and Lency Spezzano
BewegtSein & Balance / German PoV-trained Michael Ditsch spreads the fable Chuck is a clinical psychologist. ("Chuck Spezzano hat einen B.A. in Philosophie und Psychologie der Duquesne University, einen Magister in Soziologie und erwarb seinen Doktortitel in Klinischer Psychologie an der United States International University, San Diego, Kalifornien")
Down's Syndrome explained by Chuck Spezzano and Janie Ticehurst, who manage to not only be socially insensitive and condescending, but racist as well! Also, this does not have the preferred nomenclature.
Down's SyndromeDown’s syndrome is a congenital abnormality (one that is present at birth). It is the result of having an extra chromosome in our genetic make-up, usually number 21 or 22.
Down’s causes moderate to severe mental retardation, oriental appearance of eyes, flat nose or absent bridge of nose, a single palmer crease on a short broad hand and a dwarfed body.
If we have Down’s syndrome, it means that we have come to learn some lessons at a soul level. We are here to seek soul fulfillment and the completion of a cycle, yet we are stuck in the transition between the old level and the new.
The two main soul lessons of Down’s syndrome are correcting over-willfulness and giving up the ego’s plan in exchange for heaven’s plan.
As noted earlier, Ticehurst, who should know better, called Chuck a "psychologist" in her bio on the above website.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Siblings Sid and Jennie Reeves, born in 1872 and 1869. This would've been taken during the 1872-1884 "lost years" where I cannot account for their whereabouts. What is intriguing is that these studio props show up in a few other tintypes with different people in the album.
According to family legend, their father, William Francis "Frank" Reeves served as a civilian scout for the Army on the Western frontier at some point in those dozen years, and the family sort of moved around on the edge of the frontier behind him. If that is so, these two children with serious expressions waiting by an empty chair seems a little heart breaking.
One family story tells about the Mother and her three Reeves children basically scraping by in a modest cabin in the dead of winter out in the middle of nowhere while Dad was gone on a long scouting mission. The local tribe took pity on the family and left a freshly killed deer at their doorstep to help them get by.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
"Can I have your attention, please? This block is being designated a Neighborhood Watch Area. There's a guy up here named Snake. He's wearing garage-sale clothes and the top of his head looks like a parakeet. He also has fifty thousand dollars in small bills in a briefcase. As his neighbors, it is your responsibility to make sure there are no suspicious characters or evil perpetrators lurking in the area who would seek to do him harm. Again, fifty thousand dollars in small bills, tax free, in a briefcase right in this apartment. Which has really cheeseball locks! You can bust your way in there, bop him on the head, take the money, nobody would know! So it's up to you. Thanks a lot, have a good day."
When I was in Butler, PA last summer I had a chance to meet or re-meet local Keystone State cartoonists Tom Rehm, Buzz Buzzizyk, Wayno and Mike Hill. And Chrislip even came from the wilds of Cincinnati. In fact, I believe I even saw the mysterious Borpo Deets, who showed up at the Future Tenant show in Pittsburgh wearing an obvious ill-fitting toupee and an unintentionally humorous false beard in a comical effort to conceal his identity. He had a glow in the dark necktie that had the words. "Will you kiss in me the dark, baby?" When I looked at him and said, "Oh, you must be the infamous Borpo Deets," he swiftly made some feeble excuse about an alligator in his SUV that needed tending, darted out, and never returned to the show.
Anway, the above promo is the siren call for Obscuro cartoonists to show their stuff. All you comrade weirdo cartoonists should heed this invite. Buzz Buzzizyk has a special eye for the iconoclastic and revolutionary comic art.
One of Morty the Blog's favorite cartoonists, Jeff Zenick, has just published a very original work called Backdrop, 1904-1916. Wonderful character studies here by a top-notch artist!
It is 40 pages, enlarged digest (folded legal size). This should be considered a major self-pub effort and something of a milestone in terms of breaking new ground by making historical sources a work of comix art. I am very impressed.
Jeff did not assign a price, but I would send at least five bucks for this outstanding work. He can be contacted at: 645 McDonnell Dr., Tallahassee, FL 32310.
Charlie's front paws, the terror of birds and rodents
Oh, sure, I could put a little bell around his neck to warn his prey. But y'know, cats gotta do what they do. Plus, the other cats on the block would say, "Hey, here comes that sissy with the bell!" My big, wooded yard is somewhat Darwinian.