My name is Aravis.  Except, of course, that it isn’t.  It’ll do, though.

Random Thoughts

I’m 47.  Sometimes I’m 80.  Sometimes I’m 2.  But chronologically I’m 46.  That’s what my mother tells me at any rate, and she has the birth certificate to back it up.  As I have no reason to doubt her, I guess I’ll believe her.

I’m married to a loving and patient man.  If you’ve read this far, you’ll understand why patience is a necessary quality for anyone who knows me.  We don’t- and won’t- have children; we adopt animals instead.  We currently have 2 kittens, a.k.a. Demon Spawn. Formally known as Paxton Jack (the Ripper) and Pacey (Picante, Panther). We also have two dogs, Chauncey (Bear WiggleButt Bubs) and Scout (Cubs, Cubbers, or Floppy-Eared Menace).

I”m a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and currently work at a well-known and -loved rehab as a clinician.

College Life

I earned an M.A. in  Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Saint Joseph.  If you read my blog you’ll no doubt find out more about that process than you really want to know.  My ultimate goal was a Ph.D. or Psy.D., but I’m sick of school and becoming increasingly poor.  I’ll decide later whether or not I want to go further.

Creativity Expressed

In my free time I love to go play with my Canon Rebel XT.  Which explains why I don’t have a lot of photos to post anymore: no free time.  For those of you new to my blog, you might be wondering what I mean by not having photos to post “anymore.”  The truth is that I’ve been blogging since ’01 or ’02, though I deleted the first 2 years because I felt that I needed a fresh start.  Beginning in ’04, I have years’ worth of entries, photos and paintings tucked away.  The links to them were broken during an upgrade, and I haven’t had time (there’s that word again!) to fix the links.  If you look in the archives provided, you’ll probably see some messy pages and missing images.  Yeah, I’ve gotta fix that.

On Being and Alcoholic and Having Bipolar Disorder

I’m a recovering alcoholic (20 years sober) and I have bipolar disorder.  I take care of myself, though.  Most people have no idea unless I say something.  I share about this part of my life because a) it’s part of who I am and b) when people hear of these conditions, they get a mental image of what an alcoholic or a person with mental illness is like.  We’re stigmatized.  I share as honestly as I know how because I want others to see the person behind the stereotypes, to have a better understanding of what it means to be the person who lives with these things.  We’re seldom like the characters you see on TV or in the movies.  I refuse to feel shame for my alcoholism or mental illness.  These things are part of who I am, but they do not define who I am.

That should be more than enough to get you started with.  If you want more, I’m afraid you’ll have to start reading the blog.

That’s what it’s here for.

4 comments on “About

  1. Hi Aravis. How are you? I am well.

    Just watching a show on 9/11. I spent most of that day exchanging emails with ‘Rose Lewis’. I forget her real name, and have lost contacts. Just wanted to touch base with her.

    You take care, old friend.

  2. Hi Brock! I’ve been doing well. Have just finished my first year of grad school, going for a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Two more years to go! it’s tough, but I think it will be worth it.

    I watched a couple of specials the other day, too. I was alone most of 9/11, in shock. You can find Rose on her blog, Killin’ Time Being Lazy:

    Are you on FB, or anywhere else online? I’d love to stay in touch. 🙂

    You take care as well.

  3. Hi Aravis,

    I am elated to read how you have pursued your life goals since last we were in touch. I, too, left blogland for quite some time. It is fascinating to read about you. Your blog was always of major interest to me. I enjoyed your photography, which I see you have not had time for (at the time you last wrote in this blog). I understand that. I sure was hoping that this blog was still active since I, too, find it not fulfilling to only have facebook. Folks’ attention span on facebook is too short for my need to write and share.

    Therefore,I have recently begun writing a blog again. Actually, I had done so other times, but I had not searched for you or others. I have even ventured into the world of publication in addition to artistic pursuits. I am not sure if I signed my blog “gel” way back when you knew me or “GreenEyedLady”. I do know that we know each other’s real names due to art transactions.

    I hope that working in the mental health field is rewarding for you. That takes a special person. My blog is private; I would welcome your participation, however random.

    Best wishes, to you!

  4. Oh, if you want an invitation to my blog where I have decided it is time to be more open about my life, then please email me.

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