Flickr Wednesday: Wild Alchemi

This is the second time I’ve showcased the work of Wild Alchemi.

I enjoy well made Second Life fashion shots.

I admire the skill it takes to make a good one.

The idea of a virtual fashion industry fascinates me.

Wild Alchemi is a good example of someone who uses the game to have fun and to make art.


Hair by Vanity Hair- Guns & Pearls Earrings by Virtula Impressions part of The Valerie set. Gown By NSP.- Peony Sari Gown in Antique Lace Shoes By KC Couture CINZIA Pumps.


Hair- Baistice Hairbase- EMO tions EyeMake up - White widow Lipstick Delizio- dark glossy Red Gown- AZUL- K'aalogii in Red Shoes KC couture London Heels
Hair- Baistice
Hairbase- EMO tions
EyeMake up – White widow
Lipstick Delizio- dark glossy Red
Gown- AZUL- K’aalogii in Red
Shoes KC couture London Heels


Hair by Lelutka Lipstick- by Delizio Necklace and Earrings by FINESITH GOWN- Dolce Vita by FLOWERDREAMS Shoes by KC Couture


Wearable Throne by , BOUDOIR Hair by Rezology Lipstick by Delizio Eyemake up by White Widow Jewelry by FINESMITH Gown by Fellini Couture Shoes by KC Couture.

Ageism and “Behavioral Health”

Prisoners of Perception
                                             Prisoners of Perception

I wrote this training in 2006 when I worked in Mental Health.

I promised a friend of mine that I would find it and post it.

The staff of a mental health facility in the City and County of San Francisco are required to have a yearly diversity training.

Diversity training is about more than celebrating people of different cultures.

Diversity training is also an opportunity to learn how people of different cultures accept or marginalize their most vulnerable citizens.

This training proposes that all mental health patients of any age will have aging issues that are exacerbated by the multiple problems brought on by the institutional stigma attached to mental illness.

Our system is fond of labeling and dismissing the demons of its own creation.

The poverty we see among people with mental illnesses results from stigma.

Marginalized people often use substances as a way of fitting in with each other and of coping with the pain of marginalization.

Poverty and substance abuse are not the inevitable outcome of a mental illness except in those cultures that are punitive toward people with mental illnesses.

September Storm
                                              September Storm

Do you have any ageing issues?

This question, posed to CBHS clients during a standard intake interview, is most often asked, within the model that only people over forty have ‘aging issues.’

In fact, the question was a qualified one on the intake form at the time of this writing, and specifically related to ‘retirement’, ‘family’, and ‘religion.’

Each stage of life requires a re-assessment of identity, adjustment of self-image, and learning new skills for achieving and maintaining what one considers a life worth living.

Researchers describe patterns of equilibrium/disequilibrium as people move through adolescence, young adulthood, and middle age and beyond.

A diminished ability to set and achieve age appropriate goals compounds feelings of guilt and shame.

Chronic mental illness is often called an invisible disability.

Ours is a culture that designates ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ on standards of physical beauty, and social status with winners defined as living at the peak of their potential. 

Ageism is “any attitude, action, or institutional structure that subordinates a person or group because of age or any assignment of roles in society purely on the basis of age” (Traxler, 1980, p. 4)

By this definition, a 20-year-old is also subject to ageist attitudes.

Aging varies from culture to culture but in the United States, the stereotypical view of youth is that it is a carefree time of potential.

As ones’ chronological age increases one is inevitably perceived as ‘old’’ and ‘spent’.

In the United States we use a deficit model of increasing age to measure and define ‘old’.

As people in the United States age the number of elderly people in all groups will grow from 4% of the total elderly population in 1975 to an expected 30% by 2050.

The following discussions topics ask us to think about our own aging.

Discussion Topics (Please feel free to expound on one or all of these in your comments)

  1. When is a person “old”?


  1. When will you be “old”?


  1. How should you refer to a person who is “old”? How will you want to be referred to when you are “old”?



  1. List some common stereotypes about “old” people.





  1. What are some changes we will all experience as we become “old”?




  1. What is the worst and best part of growing older?




  1. Define “aging well.” List some factors which contribute to “aging well.”





  1. Define “aging poorly”. List some factors, which contribute to “aging poorly.”