Art for Advance – Adding Insult to Injury

One of the more tragic discoveries made in my many years as a therapist is the frequent cohabitation of do-goodery and art. Although each is bad enough separately, when combined they form an unholy cocktail of dysfunction that cries out for my brilliant and high-priced intervention.

That is why when I heard about the Advance Memphis fundraiser, Art for Advance, I raced to the scene to offer my services.

You might think that Advance Memphis has already done enough harm to the community by targeting inner-city residents for its job training, financial literacy courses, and job placement services without peddling art to pay for it all.

And you’d be right. But you wouldn’t be thinking like a do-gooder. No, for trouble-makers like Steve Nash and the Advance crew, doing good is never good enough.

That philosophy was quite apparent when I arrived at the event. The walls were packed with paintings and photographs and the halls were crowded with people eager to buy them.

Since the crowd showed no restraint in enabling the misguided efforts of Advance, I decided to restrain a few of them myself, but they were a determined bunch and I was eventually reduced to dispensing therapeutic glares to the attendees as they entered and post-traumatic counseling as they left.

Find more incriminating photos in the patient gallery and on Flickr.

Tagged , , Leave a comment

Adam Guerrero and his Garden – Podcast 005

When I first heard about the court order calling for the dismantling of Adam Guerrero’s front yard vegetable garden I thought, “At last, a bit of good news.”

Because if there’s one threat that Memphis doesn’t need, it is citizens that grow their own food, stabilize honey bee populations, and engage in other brutal acts of greenerism.

But when I dropped by Adam’s house to generously help destroy the offending greenery, I was dismayed to learn that most of the garden had been pardoned by Judge Larry Potter the day before.

Adam’s Garden:

Of course, I had heard about the 9000 misguided souls who signed the petition. And the scores of websites across the nation who picked up the story. And even the interference of Alicia Silverstone.

But I never imagined that any of that could thwart the defoliating power of justice.

Though saddened, I took the opportunity to interview Adam and get the dirt on the garden first hand. I was reassured to learn that he has received a whole new array of legal obstacles to overcome. (Hear audio at bottom of post)

Also, traveling just a couple blocks to either side of his house, I pointed out several of his non-gardening neighbors for him to emulate as he takes his first steps on a journey that I hope may lead him back to sanity and corporate dependence.

Adam’s neighbors:

I would like to publicly acknowledge the Washington Post, MTV.com, BoingBoing, Change.org, Treehugger.com, Alicia Silverstone, and scores of others. Thanks to you, another photosynthesizing menace is still on the loose. (For now)

Listen here for my interview with Adam Guerrero:

Tagged , , Leave a comment