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Alfredo Zotti on surviving Bipolar disorder and being a creative person

Hi, my name is Alfredo and I am an Italian immigrant–I emigrated to Australia from Italy in 1974. Back in the 80s I discovered that I had bipolar disorder, however that did not stop me from creating a good life for myself. I did all the things that made me a good citizen: I started to work but as a musician and as a cook in various Italian restaurants and later went to university and was able to get a university degree

I majored in sociology in anthropology and later study some psychology. Later, I began to help people online people that suffer with depression and anxiety and bipolar disorder. What I discovered was that many people with bipolar disorder, but also other disorders such as depression and anxiety were very creative and extremely intelligent. Today after many years of helping people online and helping myself and my wife–because we both suffered with bipolar disorder–I have come to one important conclusion: that bipolar disorder, just like depression and anxiety in other mental disorders as well, it’s part of being human of the human experience.

I invite you to learn more through this video as we discuss creativity and mental disorders with experts.

Alfredo Zotti

Alfredo Zotti is a musician, composer, painter, and writer who has Bi-Polar disorder. He has used elements of Method Acting as well as Art Therapy to aid his own journey and others.

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Diane Wing

The Transformational Storyteller – Episode 2

In Episode 2, you’ll meet Diane Wing, MA and Chrissy, Shih Tzu extraordinaire, and hear about how loss can lead to love. You’ll receive valuable insights about letting go, creating connection, living a spirit-led life, and not taking it all so seriously. This is a story not only of healing but of manifesting the desires of your heart.

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Show sponsors: Loving Healing Press –

Diane WIng and Daralyse Lyons
Diane WIng and Daralyse Lyons
homelessness Jay S. Levy

Homelessness in the World Today – with Jay S. Levy

Homelessness in the World Today – Jay S. Levy has spent the last twenty-five years working with individuals who experience homelessness. He is the author of the newly published book Pre-treatment Guide for Homeless Outreach & Housing First: Helping Couples, Youth, and Unaccompanied Adults, as well as the highly acclaimed book Homeless Narratives & Pre-treatment Pathways: From Words to Housing. Jay has also published a monograph and several journal articles on Homelessness issues. He has helped to develop new Housing First programs such as the Regional Engagement and Assessment for Chronically Homeless Housing First program (REACH). This was adopted by the Western Massachusetts Regional Network as an innovative approach toward reducing chronic homelessness and has also been integrated into the Pioneer Valley’s 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness. Jay received his MSW degree in clinical social work from Columbia University in 1988. He has achieved formal recognition from the Commonwealth of MA Department of Mental Health for his ongoing efforts to help under-served homeless individuals through his direct service, clinical supervision of staff, and program development. Jay is currently employed by Eliot CHS-Homeless Services as a Regional Manager for the state-wide SAMHSA-PATH Homeless Outreach Program and Eliot’s Western MA Housing First Program. –

homelessness Jay S. Levy

Episode 55: Talking Trauma Across the Atlantic with Jay Levy & Robin Johnson

Podcasters: Jay Levy, Robin Johnson, Matthew Bennett, & Dr. Jerry Yager

Jay Levy and Robin Johnson join Matt, Curt, and Jerry to discuss their recent book Cross-Cultural Dialogues on Homelessness: From Pretreatment Strategies to Psychologically Informed Environments which was inspired by conversations surrounding homelessness between providers in the United States and the United Kingdom. In their book, Levy and Johnson present a range of best practices for those experiencing homelessness and trauma. In this episode, we explore the insights gained from their important dialogue and how innovation emerges from learning outside our normal focus areas.

Discussion questions:

  1. What lessons did you learn from the experience and conversations of Levy and Johnson?
  2. How could the concepts of pre-treatment or psychologically informed environment help you think about your work?
  3. Did you see any opportunities to step outside your normal focus areas to learn from those with different experiences and unique expertise?

Matt’s Review of Cross-Cultural Dialogues on Homelessness




aging Frances Shani Parker

Black Aging Matters: How to Better Address Racism-Related Stress in African American Older Adults

Presenters for this webinar included Frances Shani Parker, author of Becoming Dead Right:  A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes.  This groundbreaking book is the captivating account of her hospice volunteer insights and experiences in Detroit, Michigan nursing homes. Stories, general information, and poems explore hospice care, urban nursing homes, caregiving, dementia, death, and bereavement. Pain management, death preparations, disparities in healthcare, and strategies for improving healthcare and nursing homes are also examined. Becoming Dead Right presents universal perspectives, particularly the often-missing voices of urban dwellers and people of color.

Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is sold in America and several other countries at many offline and online booksellers such as in paperback and e-book editions.




What’s the deal about “paper” in a book?

Paper choice always matters in a print job.

For one thing, it can represent a significant portion of the cost of an average print job. For another, paper has to suit your purpose. Is the paper weight appropriate? Will ink show through to the other side? Will it be OK going through the mail? Paper also affects the design, so you need to choose carefully.
Fortunately, here at Print-Tech we’re paper experts, and we’re happy to help customers specify the right paper. Some fundamental paper knowledge will help, so in this issue, we’ll cover some paper basics.


Major Paper Categories
Printing papers fall into these general categories, or grades: bond, offset, text, coated, and cover. Most of the time, you’ll use one of these papers for your print jobs. Less common categories are newsprint, tag, lightweight (or Bible), Bristol and index. Each paper category serves a particular purpose. It’s our job to help you select the right sheet.
Basis Weights
“Basis weight” is a key term in commercial printing. Every grade of paper is made in one basic size, which is used to determine its basis weight. Printing papers in the U.S. are identified by their basis weight – the weight in pounds of a ream of paper (500 sheets) in the basic size. Papers can have different basic sizes. For book papers, it’s 25″ x 28″. For cover papers, it’s 20″ x 26″. A ream of each can weigh 80 pounds, even though they have different basic sizes. This is why an 80 pound cover is heavier than a 100 pound text sheet, and why these weights can become confusing. Paper weight is usually indicated by using the “#” symbol. For example, “20#” means “20 pounds per basis ream of 500 sheets.”
So we might spec an 80# offset sheet for a brochure, or an 80# cover sheet for a poster. Cover stock is thicker and bulkier than an offset sheet. A lightweight text sheet might be too thin, or flimsy, for a particular project. (A quick rule of thumb: the higher the basis weight, the heavier the stock. So a 100# cover is heavier than an 80# cover.)


Coated vs. Uncoated Paper

Coated paper is manufactured at the mill with a surface layer of coating, giving it a smooth finish, or sheen, that uncoated paper may not have. There are many kinds of coated paper. Dull-, silk-, or matte coated paper has a non-gloss finish. Gloss-coated paper is, as expected, shinier, and more polished. Different brands have different sheens for each type, and our salespeople can show you samples and help with the selection process.
Gloss-coated paper grabs attention and helps images “jump” off the page. Coated paper prevents the ink from absorbing into the paper. This allows for cleaner, crisper printing, especially in photos, solids, blends and fine details. It’s ideal for some projects (magazines, book covers, flyers, posters) but not for others (business cards, forms, book text).
Uncoated paper stock is paper that has not been coated with a surface sealant. Inks dry by absorbing into the paper like a sponge. This paper type can soften the colors that are printed. Uncoated papers comprise a vast number of paper types and are available in a variety of surfaces, both smooth and textured. If a printed piece will be written on (return form, reply postcard, survey), then uncoated stock is ideal, since ink could smear on coated paper.
This basic introduction to paper weights and finishes will benefit you when working with your printer. Over time, you’ll appreciate the difference between, say, a 70# offset and an 80# cover, and you’ll be able to identify a matte finish as opposed to a gloss finish.