“Nodding” is the principal sign of opiate intoxication. Out of nowhere, the individual will abruptly appear as if he or she were falling asleep, stay that way for an indefinite period — often leaning or bending over at angles that seem to defy gravity, and somehow, somehow not falling — and then, just as abruptly, come back to complete alertness.
Category Archives: Glossary
TDAP — Temporary Disability Assistance Program — is a State of Maryland cash benefit for people who have an active, pending application for Supplemental Security Income and/or Social Security Disability Income.
The benefit is $185/month. It lasts for a maximum of one year or until a determination is made as to the SSI/SSDI application. If the SSI/SSDI application is denied and not appealed, TDAP is cut off at once.
I received this benefit for some time 2011-2012 when I was legitimately disabled. It was a big help with living expenses. I am not disabled now.
Most of my acquaintances get it.
My therapist and I have had several conversations about whether I might be eligible for SSI/SSDI based on psychiatric factors, and thus far have decided not to pursue it. An SSI/SSDI application is normally denied the first three or four times one applies, and one won’t normally get an award without a lawyer. It takes a lot of work.
One must be fully committed to dependency.
Glossary: The Serenity Prayer
God, grant me
the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can, and
the wisdom to know the difference.
An amount of money equivalent to 72 pounds of pure gold.
Related: What’s a “talent?”
Glossary: God’s plan
Many people believe God has a “plan” of concrete events that must take place in history. There are Bible passages that express or imply a similar view. One of its most common expressions is found in the tract, “The Four Spiritual Laws,” which begins with the statement, “God loves you, and has a wonderful PLAN for your life.”
I believe God’s only “plan” is that sentient creatures do as they choose and face the results of their choices.
Glossary: Peace of mind
A state of being that, at least until very recently, I have taken to be the whole point of Jesus’ teaching. From here:
Attributes of peace of mind:
- unusual relaxation of the lower abdomen, from the navel to the groin
- a sense of warmth in the same area
- corresponding relaxation of the diaphragm, enabling exceptionally deep breaths and corresponding relaxation of the whole body
- complete presence attention to the material here-and-now
- complete acceptance of, or peace with, oneself
- complete acceptance of, or peace with, What Is the world as it is
When this state occurs, I normally wind up thinking, “This is it. This is the best. Everyone should have this. If there were a gift I could give every human being, this would be it.”
Will: the faculty of a human being that chooses one’s emotions (affects) and what one wants.
Glossary: God’s will
God’s will: natural law.
See “Philosophy and Methodology of Spiritual Healing,” paragraphs 3 and 48.
Glossary: act of God
act of God: whatever happens.
See the exchanges between David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17 and between Joseph and Pharaoh in Genesis 41.
Barclay is an area northwest of Greenmount and North Avenues in Baltimore, where I lived from 2006 to 2011.
Some pieces where it has been mentioned:
Chaos overwhelms the poor
My homeless self
The “Chaos Factor”