February 22nd, 2007

Chris Keeley

Paradise Life * by Christopher Keeley



A Stunning Memoir about Recovery from Addiction

Author Christopher Keeley offers hope for drug addicts to get clean, to start over, and have a wonderful life


Washington, DC – (Release Date TBD) – Addiction to drugs is like a lover that you crave for – the more you give in to it, the harder it is to let go. This unhealthy obsession can cause horrible consequences, not only to yourself, but also to your family and the people you care about. Author and award winning photographer Christopher Keeley shares how he quit this nasty habit through Paradise Life, a profound collection of personal stories and photographs that inspire a spirit of recovery.


Paradise Life is the author’s personal memoir of an addict overcoming addiction and the miracle of recovery. Keeley’s photographs deal with the many facets of obsession and speak to the internal search many individuals undergo during the lifelong quest for meaning and self-awareness. Drawing on his own inner obsessive quest for knowledge as inspiration, Keeley captures pain, longing, torment, despair, hope, and love within the faces and forms of his images. His pictures are unsympathetic and communicate the inner emotional trauma of the homeless, the addicted and the lonely as well as the strength of human bonding experienced by addicts in recovery. By revealing the essence of his subjects, the works magnify with often unsettling clarity the pain of discovery, joy of friendships born of pain, or the turmoil of new journeys that resound within each person. Through these poignant images, Keeley challenges the viewer to look within one’s own heart to question, affirm, accept, or reject, leaving one with valuable insights into our own places in humanity.


Keeley declares that any addict can get clean, stop using drugs, and find a new way to live, offering his personal experience as a living example. He aims to help educate the public that addiction is a humanistic disease from which the addict and family members suffer, no matter what supportive opportunities are provided. The disease of addiction is completely profound in the aspect that help can only be obtained through a miraculous process of Recovery otherwise known as Grace. As he shares the horrors of his life and how wonderful it has become today, he hopes to help alleviate the pain and suffering of addicts and those close to addicts by being exposed to his work of art. Paradise Life will bring to light the love and truth about the feelings of an addict who has found joy, happiness and freedom.


This memoir is an excellent resource for all Professional ''Healers'' or Health Care Providers. Health Professionals, Educators and Health Services Administrators would benefit from Paradise Life. Advocates, Addiction Therapists and Mentors would also benefit from Paradise Life. A must read for any human being who cares about other human beings.


About the Author

Christopher Keeley is a resident of Washington, DC. He holds a master’s degree in social work (National Catholic School of Social Service) as well as a bachelor’s degree in fine arts (The Corcoran School of Art). Since 1997 the author has been working as a social worker supervisor in the child abuse and neglect family Court system of Washington DC. Keeley has appeared several times on television and continues to be active in photography. He has exhibited his social documentary photography internationally. He has won several awards for his work.


Paradise Life * by Christopher Keeley

Publication Date: February 8, 2007

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Chris Keeley

Impeach Cheney? You decide.

Impeach Cheney? You decide.

For those who have the stomach for it (and the time to digest it),
here is a detailed case for impeaching the Vice President. It's from
"Truthout" but I know nothing else about the original source "GQ."

The People vs. Richard Cheney
Resolved, that Richard B. Cheney, vice president of the United States, should be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors and that these articles of impeachment be submitted to the American people.
Chris Keeley

Chaos: Read Poem by Yeats


While listening to the TV news this evening, one word struck me as
appropriate: CHAOS. This somehow caused me to recall the great poem by
William Butler Yeats entitled “The Second Coming.” Without too much
difficulty I located my copy of the Yeats “Collected Poems” in a
basement semi-office (i.e., with an old computer), and not so strangely
found that there was a single bookmark inside the book at page 215 where
that poem appears. That told me that CHAOS is not new, but has been
around for a while. Here is the poem, which seems more relevant day by
day. The images confirm that this is neither a religious nor a sectarian
poem. It is historically a political poem, and what we need today.


Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in the sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Robert V. Keeley
Chris Keeley

Earlier comments of Senator Barack Obama against going to

Earlier comments of Senator Barack Obama against going to
war in Iraq

This was sent me by Yousef Osman, a Bangladeshi friend who
supported our Diplomats and Commanders in 2004. (Assuming
authenticity) it is truly impressive. Note the date. We can forgive
the immature oratorical flourishes when the substance is so solid.


Subject: *Earlier comments of Senator Barack Obama against going to war
in Iraq

*Remarks of then Illinois State Sen. Barack Obama Against Going to War
with Iraq
**| October 26, 2002
*I stand before you as someone who is not opposed to war in all
circumstances. The Civil War was one of the bloodiest in history, and
yet it was only through the crucible of the sword, the sacrifice of
multitudes, that we could begin to perfect this union and drive the
scourge of slavery from our soil.

I don't oppose all wars. My grandfather signed up for a war the day
after Pearl Harbor was bombed, fought in Patton's army. He fought in the
name of a larger freedom, part of that arsenal of democracy that
triumphed over evil.

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