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October 17, 2014

A note from the bridge


You may have noticed that posts here have decreased in frequency (down from six to four per day) and complexity/length/links.

This is because I am still not back to my usual self since the onset of an episode (#4 in a series since 1977) of major depression late last year.

After resuming boj in May of this year when I thought I was getting over it, it turned out that that wasn't the case.

I've debated pretty much daily for the past month whether to go on hiatus once again as I did during the first four months of this year or to keep the flag flying, however diminished.

I just don't have the energy to continue at present so I'm going to take a break.

October 17, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink



Posted by: palm-pilot | Nov 17, 2014 1:39:02 PM

Our thoughts are with you, Joe! Sending happy thoughts and warm wishes your way.

Posted by: Eugene | Nov 13, 2014 11:13:33 PM

Fingers Talking, Thank You for the reminder.

Comments are a dime a dozen,

you just set the bar!

Posted by: Joe Peach | Nov 10, 2014 5:39:47 PM

Stop by to say hello to and wish you the best

Posted by: Mohammed | Nov 10, 2014 12:33:05 PM

Loyal joeheads!

For all non-Grinch member of joehead Nation (okay, all two of you), now is the time to get on Amazon and start ordering some of those quirky, useful and beautiful products featured on boj for the special people on your holiday list!

Remember, if you use the bookofjoe link to get to Amazon, Joe gets a percentage and it won’t cost you One Red Cent. Any green ones either. You can access the link by clicking on the Amazon box in the upper right corner of the screen ^ ^ ^ . Or you can access it directly here http://www.amazon.com/?&tag=bookofjoe-20&linkCode=wsw& and not have to go to bookofjoe at all! (No, wait a minute....)

This is one small way to give back for all the great ideas and inspiration bookofjoe offers. Joe gets the rebate for anything purchased from Amazon using the bookofjoe link, regardless whether it was featured on the blog. This includes consumer items, books, gift cards!

And if you’re looking for inspiration, browse here: http://www.bookofjoe.com/bookofjoe/archives.html

So what are you waiting for?

Posted by: FingersTalking | Nov 9, 2014 7:33:56 PM

Take all the time you need, Joe. Be well.

Posted by: Richard | Nov 8, 2014 11:10:19 PM

Amedeo, sheesh, have you just spent the whole day trolling the web for "Podunk" and "Hicksville"? I mean, is this the sort of thing Joe would post?

Come to think of it....

Posted by: Marianne | Nov 7, 2014 9:20:59 PM

Hey everybody! This is a "self-help" BOJ post!



Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Nov 7, 2014 3:04:25 PM

Great idea, Amedeo. I am putting December 31-January 1 on my calendar and my well-wishes will be there for Joe to read. If he can take his eyes off football, that is.

Posted by: Marianne | Nov 7, 2014 9:27:25 AM

I'm in, Avogadro.
(Assuming I - all of us - survive all the $&@?!#% holiday bullsh*t. Why can't it just go from Nov 1 to Jan 2?)

Posted by: Flautist | Nov 7, 2014 5:16:41 AM

Planning ahead: how about all Joeheads wish Joe & his glossy Grey Feline a HAPPY NEW YEAR at 12:00 am where ever we are - and, tell the Fuzzy and her human where we are writing from? As broad a readership as Joe has - could we have best wishes from 2/3rds of the planet's Time Zones?

Any takers?

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Nov 7, 2014 3:31:55 AM

It must be getting cold there in Jodunk. Let's all send the only kindling appropriate for a physician:Tongue Depressors (Ok, used Popsicle sticks),

I wonder is we can send them to him via General Delivery at: Book Of Joe, 1 Greycat Mansion, Blue and Green Gas Way, Somnambulant, Virginia 0000-1 (a real nothing of a town)?

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Nov 7, 2014 12:06:45 AM

The Mango Fam misses you! Sending love.

Posted by: Chelsea | Nov 5, 2014 7:30:11 PM

Miss you Joe and I've been watching a lot of World War II documentaries lately. Hmmm...Flautist and I must be wired the same.

Posted by: tamra | Nov 5, 2014 3:23:11 PM

x - Joe for President of the blogosphere, in the hope that he may reach across cyberspace and dispense party lollipops.

y - Gray Cat for Blog Princess.

Posted by: Marianne | Nov 3, 2014 4:02:12 PM

I'm following Walt Kelly: I go Joe - today's Pogo!

Post your Vote for Joe and Grey Cat for President and First Feline of the blogosphere!

X - Joe

X - Grey Cat

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Nov 3, 2014 12:20:48 PM

Akira - Joe as Anime!

Grey Cat - best as director.

Or, Joe could wear any three of those Japanese Female facial enhancing devices and create a new horror figure!

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Oct 30, 2014 1:17:14 PM

Whatever Joe & GC's costumes, they should definitely be based on something from Japan Trend Shop. Oh yeah.

Dedicated to them and all Joeheads on this day before Halloween, I offer this wonderful and wonderfully creepy little video of 2 pianists (Anderson & Roe) trying to hammer out Schubert's "Der Erlkonig" on a possibly possessed piano in a possibly haunted part of the Steinway Factory:


Posted by: Flautist | Oct 30, 2014 9:32:11 AM

Obi-Wan Kenobi...


...and Yoda.


Posted by: Mari-Han Solo | Oct 30, 2014 12:01:31 AM

What Costumes should Grey Cat and Joe wear for Halloween?

I'm for him wearing the Willy Wonka outfit that Gene Wilder had in the 1971 movie adaptation of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. http://indyparentcoach.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/willy-Wonka.jpg

Grey Cat: an Oompa Loompa.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Oct 29, 2014 4:39:01 PM

...just keep searching

Posted by: Andrew | Oct 29, 2014 3:01:18 AM

"Keep on keeping on"
Loving Kindness to you always.

Posted by: Roxy | Oct 27, 2014 8:18:21 AM

Several thoughts on this clear, cold morning.

1. How am I supposed to know what the latest whatzit on the market is? I'm sure my Christmas budget will be less without continual updates on neat things that Joe finds and posts. I had never heard of Think Geek until I visited this site many years ago - but have purchased things from there many times now.

2. Joe, please seek treatment from your fellow physicians. While we have no way of knowing what you are going through, there are certainly qualified professionals out there who may be able to help you. Being in the medical field, I am sure you know the right ones to trust.

3. Taking a mental health break is definitely something that we all should do. I know that I have a beach vacation in my future.

4. Another blog that I often read utilizes "guest bloggers" occasionally when the main guy goes on vacation. It might be something to consider. The master-mind principle has often been used to increase the greater intelligence and reach of a group.

5. Go pet the cat.

Posted by: Michael | Oct 27, 2014 8:14:03 AM

Selfishly hoping you're on the path to feeling better and that you'll be back with your loyal fans soon.

Posted by: tracy hartley | Oct 25, 2014 12:52:54 PM

Wishing you good health Joe.

Posted by: rhea | Oct 24, 2014 5:52:38 PM

I remember Humphrey the cat on the treadmill. Did something happen to him?

Posted by: itsrichard | Oct 23, 2014 12:46:38 PM

I like your idea, Marianne. I don't do Facebook, but, to the chagrin of many, I'll comment till the cows come home. To illustrate...

What with Halloween around the corner and all, a spooky little musical interlude:

This would be the Toccata (4th movement) from Leon Boellmann's "Suite Gothique" for pipe organ, played on the magnificent Cavaille-Coll organ, Notre Dame de Paris. Hearing the 32-foot contra bombarde pipe at the end is a gas, woo-hoo! Pipe organs are fascinating, complicated instruments, and if anyone wants to expand their knowledge, here's a good place to start, with lots of good links:

This comment dedicated to Joe and Gray Cat.

Posted by: Flautist | Oct 23, 2014 12:17:55 AM

Apologies for chiming in again, had to say thanks Marianne, you are the greatest! Flautist, I have a penchant for Nazi atrocity books myself when I'm down, can't quite say why. Kay, perfectly said. Paul D., ditto. Joe Peach, I know how you feel, I too will miss the gang, silent or vocal, connected through soul and intellect to the funny, sweet, curious, thought provoking and wonderful mind that is our beloved Joe. Take care all. Take care Joe. Echoing the others, hope to hear from you soon.

Posted by: Tamra | Oct 22, 2014 10:59:48 PM

Even in his darkest days last winter, Joe had the grace to keep a Comments page open for us readers. Trusting that comments are welcome now, here’s one.

In this morning’s New York Times Magazine I read an article, “What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set?” which reminded me of something Joe might post.

In a 1981 study by Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer, subjects in their 70s entered a five-day ‘time warp’ in which everything in the setting, including books, magazines and TV, were designed to conjure a time of 22 years earlier.


The men in the experimental group were told not merely to reminisce about this earlier era, but to inhabit it — to “make a psychological attempt to be the person they were 22 years ago,” she told [the author]. “We have good reason to believe that if you are successful at this,” Langer told the men, “you will feel as you did in 1959.” From the time they walked through the doors, they were treated as if they were younger. The men were told that they would have to take their belongings upstairs themselves, even if they had to do it one shirt at a time.

Each day, as they discussed sports (Johnny Unitas and Wilt Chamberlain) or “current” events (the first U.S. satellite launch) or dissected the movie they just watched (“Anatomy of a Murder,” with Jimmy Stewart), they spoke about these late-'50s artifacts and events in the present tense — one of Langer’s chief priming strategies. Nothing — no mirrors, no modern-day clothing, no photos except portraits of their much younger selves — spoiled the illusion that they had shaken off 22 years.

At the end of their stay, the men were tested again. On several measures, they outperformed a control group that came earlier to the monastery but didn’t imagine themselves back into the skin of their younger selves, though they were encouraged to reminisce. They were suppler, showed greater manual dexterity and sat taller — just as Langer had guessed. Perhaps most improbable, their sight improved. Independent judges said they looked younger. The experimental subjects, Langer told me, had “put their mind in an earlier time,” and their bodies went along for the ride.


While the study has been somewhat controversial, it has inspired subsequent studies, and may also strike a chord with us joeheads who have appreciated posts of old songs and movies, or photos taken in LA in 1965.

In another of Langer’s studies, nursing home residents were given houseplants. One group was told the staff would care for the plants, and were not given any choice in their schedules. The other group were told they could m ake choices about their schedules and were responsible for keeping the plant alive.

Guess which group exhibited twice the survival rate in the ensuing eighteen months?

Tending and watering, here’s the article:


Posted by: Marianne | Oct 22, 2014 4:36:16 PM

Be well, be kind to yourself.

We will wait your return.

Posted by: Pictou | Oct 22, 2014 2:35:06 PM

Facebook or whatever,

I just don't want to loose you guys

and me buddy, Joe.

and yes I'm being a little selfish,

loosing something or someone is awful permanent.

Posted by: Joe Peach | Oct 22, 2014 11:06:02 AM

It is worth pointing out that Joe hates facebook, its a redundant technology and he has no time for redundant technology.

Posted by: jo | Oct 22, 2014 2:10:30 AM

Come back soon my friend!

Posted by: Matt dJ | Oct 22, 2014 12:02:16 AM

Mr. Peach,
If Joe is willing, there is already a bookofjoe page on Facebook. He has not used it in about two years. Unless you were thinking of a more private venue, this might work for passing information.

Posted by: itsrichard | Oct 21, 2014 4:47:54 PM

I will continue to listen to my music on the ear-buds you recommended and eat my now traditional Greenberg Turkey which you recommended the Thanksgiving and enjoy the many other things that I learned about on your site that now enrich my life. While you can't change the world you can and have changed small parts of it. You are unique and a piece is missing without you. I hope you find a way to climb out of your your depression and I say that knowing it is hard to see the light when it is so so dark but when and if you do see past the edge of your darkness you will discover many hands eagerly waiting to give you a pull up.

Posted by: Paul Donohue | Oct 21, 2014 2:14:32 PM


Your posts have always been the Item of Interest that started my day. Looking forward to seeing you back on line.

The Anderson tribe has your back.

Take care.

Posted by: mango mike | Oct 21, 2014 9:08:56 AM

Take all the time you need to carry on!

Cheers from Kraków!

Posted by: Tomasso | Oct 21, 2014 8:20:07 AM

Peachy-keen idea, so long as the Guru retains his exhausted / (oops) exalted position!

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Oct 21, 2014 1:55:18 AM

I think that's a lovely idea joe peach x

Posted by: jo | Oct 20, 2014 4:12:49 PM

Joe, this is extremely presumptuous of me to ask but,

Do you have an objections to one of us starting a Facebook page

or whatever to keep the group (my home away from home) together?

We could submit things to try to emulate your creation and

keep all us gypsies in one group ;-) until you come back.

We could call it JOB, you know a backwards BOJ!

Posted by: Joe Peach | Oct 20, 2014 12:35:59 PM

Joe, I lived with this for almost 25 years. I say take care and I really mean that. Your site has brought me much stimulation and inspiration. Hope and pray you get well soon!

Posted by: Brian | Oct 20, 2014 12:27:51 PM

However you want to evolve BOJ, however frequently or infrequently you want to put your hand on it, to whatever result or creation you want that handling to effect, you'll always have your loyal community to appreciate you and applaud anything you may wish to offer. A joy of life is the essence of BOJ, and everything else you create from my POV. You having that joy is the only thing that matters, in so many ways, but certainly the least of which for BOJ.
Ron Geraci

Posted by: Ron Geraci | Oct 20, 2014 2:29:03 AM

Thanks Joe. Be well

Posted by: J | Oct 19, 2014 8:54:37 PM

Gray Cat's looking very handsome!

Posted by: RobWeeve | Oct 19, 2014 2:39:30 PM

Get well , you will be missed ,hope you comeback sooner

Posted by: Mohammed | Oct 19, 2014 12:24:19 PM

Take care! but come back soon. Cause this is my fav blog. All the best!

Posted by: marc | Oct 19, 2014 11:26:43 AM

Hey man - thanks for all the links and the work, and take care of yourself x

Posted by: matt | Oct 19, 2014 9:05:56 AM

When I was severely depressed recently - the worst ever, and I was born depressed - I couldn't read, which was devastating. My brain just wouldn't let me. All I could do was sit and watch the oddest videos, and I hit on "The World at War" series (the brilliant several-part British ITV documentary by Jeremy Isaacs, done in 1974, narrated by Olivier) about WWII. I'd sit for hours, starting with part one and watching the entire series, over and over. I'm not a WWII nut, never learned more than I had to in school, but I watched like my life depended on it, and maybe it did. It was something to hitch my mind up to - it allowed it to relax and plaster over some of the cracks. Then I watched "Band of Brothers" over and over, then "The Pacific." No history buff me, and now I'm chock full of war history. Isn't that the oddest thing, grand-scale real-life mayhem and destruction as constructive distraction when you're hanging on by a slender thread? Anyway, I didn't set out to watch all that, it just got started and I couldn't stop, but it had a bizarre healing power.

But I wouldn't ever recommend my route to anyone, and you'll know what you need. Hang tight to Gray Cat; we'll all be right here as always.

xo to infinity.

Posted by: Flautist | Oct 19, 2014 1:16:01 AM

Joey, I am holding space for you. As a fellow sufferer of mental illness I know the terrain well, and your post brings me to great compassion. I know. Please take good care. xo

Posted by: Melinda | Oct 19, 2014 1:07:42 AM

Hang in there Joe. I certain you already know what you need to do to get through to the other side. Just know that there are many of us who are sending out good wishes and await your return to the world wide web. Finally don't forget the healing powers of spicy food! Be loving and gentle to yourself.

Posted by: Jim | Oct 18, 2014 10:46:35 PM

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