May 29th, 2008

Chris Keeley


Dale Writes :
Look at
It was held 2 weeks after Woodstock (1968) and I was there.
When I went to the Dallas International Festival I was a solider just
returning from comabt duty in Vietnam.
I did not understand the war but did my job honorably as a combat
medic in the 1st Infantry Division. I did not understand what had
happened in America while I was in the jungles of southeast Asia.
However, the festival was my welcome home an enlightened me to peace.
A hard struggle, even today, to have been in both worlds. While
stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas a bunch of GI's piled in some cars a
headed north for the festival. I have several stories that I remember
and never told anyone. I felt about the people throughout my life that
if they were not there (Vietnam or the Festival) they would never
understand. I am very happy to find your web site and have a chance to
connect with those who were there and do understand. As Jerry said
"what a long strange trip it's been." Thank God we survived. Dale
Andrews, Florida and California.

Jim writes:

God Bless you, Chris Keeley... what an amazing talent you are as a photographer. If you are half as good an addictions counselor as you are an artist, then your many clients over the years are genuinely blessed people.

With this note, I am asking if I might not purchase from you, a print of your image entitled 'deskscrsp.jpg'.

It's OK if I don't hear back from you for a while... I know you are planning a wedding.

Many thanks!

Jim H

Chris Keeley

the Disease Model of Addiction

 Most addiction professionals are quite comfortable with the Disease Model of Addiction and consider addiction is the following:


  • A Primary Disease where the focus should be on accepting the disease, doing something about it, not analyzing how and why the client became addicted.
  • A Progressive Disease which will get worse if not intervened with. Thus clients and families should be embracing recovery sooner rather than later; they should not enable the disease to progress and to have the addicted person suffer longer.
  • A Feeling Disease where substances are used to numb feelings or produce a high.


Dr. Hanes-Stevens alerted us that some minority populations may have trouble with the Disease Model, and that sensitivity to their challenges is important in treatment. Here are awarenesses to consider:


  • Primary Disease - Some African-Americans may believe that legal, financial and social problems are the cause of the addiction, not the result of a Primary Disease. Rather than focus on the addicted person, some may challenge the emphasis on treatment, feeling that the causative legal, financial and social problems are not confronted and addressed. (This concern is at the heart of the debates Bill Cosby's statements have provoked, where he has been challenged for his rebuke of African-American parenting)
  • A Progressive Disease - Some populations have been taught to tolerate problems, be strong, be private about problems, to "tough it out".
  • A Feeling Disease - Minorities who have had to survive victimization by being strong, have learned which feelings are safe and OK to feel and which are not. Appreciating the central cultural messages will increase empathy for how to deal with feelings. It is hard to tell a person to surrender, be powerless and let go, when their minority position has necessitated that they be strong and embrace any power they can to survive.
Chris Keeley

Where Is the Outrage - Robert Scheer

Date: Wed, May 28, 2008 at 11:40 PM
Subject: Where Is the Outrage - Robert Scheer
To: Undisclosed-Recipient

This nightmarish bogey of officially-condoned torture excesses by American personnel  just won't go away.  Just last week the Justice Department's Inspector General  issued a 370-page report on U.S. complicity in torture.  It is the albatross-around-the-neck which I presume, and in fact hope, will characterize the Bush administration in history.  May future administrations regard such behavior as the third rail to be avoided politically at all costs.  I commend to you reading Robert Scheer's op-ed. 
QUOTED EXCERPT:     Are we Americans truly savages or merely tone-deaf in matters of morality, and therefore more guilty of terminal indifference than venality? . . . . Because the report was widely cited in the media and easily accessed as a pdf file on the Internet, it is fair to assume that those of our citizens who remain ignorant of the extent of their government's commitment to torture as an official policy have made a choice not to be informed. A less appealing conclusion would be that they are aware of the heinous acts fully authorized by our president but conclude that such barbarism is not inconsistent with that American way of life that we celebrate. . . . That this systematic torture was carried out not by a few conveniently described "bad apples" but rather represented official policy condoned at the highest level of government was captured in one of those rare media reports that remind us why the Founding Fathers signed off on the First Amendment.  "These were not random acts," The New York Times editorialized. "It is clear from the inspector general's report that this was organized behavior by both civilian and military interrogators following the specific orders of top officials. The report shows what happens when an American president, his secretary of defense, his Justice Department and other top officials corrupt American law to rationalize and authorize the abuse, humiliation and torture of prisoners."    END QUOTE
Regards,  John 
Chris Keeley

Still Painting Messages on Buildings, but No Longer a Vandal

Still Painting Messages on Buildings, but No Longer a Vandal

A love of graffiti has gained Steve Powers notoriety on the streets, fame in the art world and a long arrest sheet. It has also earned him a Fulbright scholarship. 

Although his tag, ESPO, can still be spotted on storefront grates throughout New York City, Mr. Powers, 40, has stopped painting illegally. Working out of his studio in Lower Manhattan, he now shows pieces at a SoHo gallery, has published art books, participated in the Venice Biennale and had his first solo museum exhibition last fall at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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Chris Keeley

Max Jacobson (Dr. Feelgood) was asked by Kennedy before a recital in the White House by Pablo Casal

May 29, 2008

A J.F.K. Footnote

To the Editor:

A May 24 letter questions whether President John F. Kennedy had an intravenous injection of amphetamine just before meeting Nikita S. Khrushchev in Vienna in June 1961. We know from Robert Dallek’s biography, “An Unfinished Life,” that Kennedy had an injection of amphetamine 45 minutes before the meeting.

My book “In Sickness and in Power,” published this week, states that Max Jacobson (Dr. Feelgood) was asked by Kennedy before a recital in the White House by Pablo Casals in November 1961 for a repeat of the Vienna treatment. This implies that the Vienna injection was different from the normal and was administered intravenously.

Also, Dr. Hans Kraus, who did so much to improve Kennedy’s health from October 1961 to the missile crisis in 1962, was appalled that Kennedy was still having even a few amphetamine injections and told him in December 1962: “If I ever heard he took another shot, I’d make sure it was known. No president with his finger on the red button has any business taking stuff like that.”

David Owen
London, May 25, 2008

The writer is a former British foreign secretary.