I took a leap of courage, desire and opportunity to invite my beautiful wife Maureen to breakfast and the full day yesterday on the town in Santa Fe and the surrounding area building memories together. At one point we played a guessing game in the car where I closed my eyes not knowing where we were going albeit as a passenger! I thought of some really elaborate and plain good guesses and Maureen is, well, such a “bad liar,” :) I thought of some absurdly elaborate possibilities while simultaneously giving her incredible ideas for future surprise day trips we may enjoy. It was hilarious! We first landed at the famous Roman Catholic church, El Santuario de Chimayó, quite interesting not being Catholic myself. Anyone who knows me knows I love casinos, for example, where we did end the day playing couples’ penny slots (with far too much delicious food along the way!) Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino - Santa Fe, quite the best around in our opinion! We both laughed and enjoyed ourselves. It’s been a while and I am really glad the day was full of fun and laughter. Never to be lost in memory, some memories must be shared! Coming home, I felt welcomed by all our animals and critters. Our wounded duck is healing and it is an amazing experience to pet a duck, and have her trust.
When I question how life is treating me, I should be asking how I am treating life.
I came across a new 5-star book review on Amazon for my debut novel Alibiography, entitled, “Pages Turn Reality on its Head!” Feeling validated once again, after reaching bedrock becoming sufficiently down on myself before I felt forced to accept the reality and enormity of my condition. The reviewer writes, "The fierce reality of mental illness is shaken into pages, that turn quickly, as you are invited into the mind and soul of a man without the controls that so many of us take for granted. The picture of mental illness, painted by Harnisch's own life, is a hefty dose of reality; sorely needed in these days when mental illness and treatment are neglected and disparaged by the body politic and society at large. As you learn about the daily battles fought within the mind, you are at once disturbed and then again drawn with baited breath to turn another page. Harnisch has a rare talent for presenting very controversial and taboo subjects easily and with grace. The reader is thrown into the whirlwind mind ravaged with disease, and saturated with promiscuity and addiction. You find the line between reality and madness tenuous at best. You are challenged to see the world through the eyes of a tormented soul and to discern along with Georgie/Ben/Claudia what is real and what is not real. As both a practitioner and consumer of mental health services, I highly recommend this book. I teach undergraduate psychology and will be using the works of Harnisch in my classes in coming semesters! Give us more Jonathan!"
— C. Edwards "Missouri Professor" (Maryville, MO)