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They were usually scared and had faint voices when answering questions. They were then taken to the shower room by the orderlies and a thermometer, coated with Vaseline, will be inserted to their anus. This is to insure sense of domination.

He was more confident and his voice was more booming than any of the new arrivals. He also was not scared by the orderlies and the atmosphere of the hospital itself because he was not insane. Bromden quotes that his voice makes him sound bigger than many people. He also avoids the orderlies by blending with the patients, which shows his adaptive trait to a new environment.

He is redheaded with long red sideburns and a tangle of curls out from under his cap. Everything looks big in the eyes of Bromden. He is broad and tall and had a wide devilish grin. He is more relaxed than any other patients in the ward, he starts laughing when nobody makes a move to say anything to him. His laughter is free and loud. He sounds like an auctioneer.

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They are failures that basically became worse in the hospital. They were Acutes but they turned into Chronics.

Combine is usually a farm tractor that gathers up wheat and other grains. In Bromden’s hallucinations, the combine is machinery that makes canada goose chilliwack remove fur outlet that controls patients. It’s a metaphorical term of control.

Acutes are psychologically disturbed patients who are able to perform daily functions. Chronics, on the other hand, are so mentally disturbed that they are unable to perform daily functions and are constantly monitored by the orderlies. Chronics are failure of combine. They are punished for not following the rules at the hospital.

The adjustment to surrounding is adjustment to her ward. The ward represents the society. It’s all about the conformity.

Blacker they are they are more committed to keeping the ward in order. They need to have the power to control the patients. Wait for the moment to turn the screws in slowly. The key factor that contributes the orderlies to gain control of the patients is hate. They need to hate until they are ready to explode, and by doing so they are able to seize control of the patients completely. They are “wireless”.

I was mesmerized by the prison-like routine of the patients. They would get up at 6:30 in the morning, which is certainly not a good time to start up a day, judging by the fact that they are mentally ill. They would be fed well…except that the orderlies would tie Bromden and eat it. These tedious schedules continue daily and that would deteriorate the patient’s liveliness. The morning routine represents reality.

They learned that the Big Nurse and the staff members have the full authority and they will be equally punished if they do not obey their orders. After the incident with Taber, they never questioned the absolute authority of the staff member, since they know that they will be transformed into a Chronic.

They’re trying to give a good impression of the psychiatry hospital. The ward is so structured, etc. They are full of lies, trying to convince the public that the psychiatry hospital is very good for the society. The silly descriptions of the PR officer basically show how silly the PR officer is.

The cotton – reminds him of the fog – meant to conceal from society or machinery or patients

The mill – the ward, the Combine – meant for control

Duct blind – hideaway… to have sex. (Usually for hunting)

The mill stops, she’s free for a moment, but the mill whistles again and she is almost tied to a string and goes back to work.

He gets punished with Electro Shock Therapy. He just wanted to ask questions about the regular routine, but Nurse Retched doesn’t like that.

Nurse Ratched calls McMurphy by the wrong name in order to humiliate McMurphy in front of the patients. It is her way to start turning the screws in slowly, starting with humiliation. It’s her test to see how long canada goose chilliwack remove fur outlet takes until they go insane. McMurphy is the centre of the attention, and Ratched wants to break his confident. She doesn’t like the fact that he has more control than her. She wants to assert her control.

It’s a theory suggested by Bauer in the 60s about the rights of the patients in the mental ward and the ways to manipulate the patients. The theory states that the insane people, since they are unable to carry out their duties to help the society, must be eliminated from the cookie-cutter culture in the states. The ward is basically a smaller example of the society in the world. Microcosm – small world – basically the ward is the small ward, in order to function in the society. They talk about their secrets in order to be “cured”.

They tell the Nurse before she tells other people about it during the therapy period. It’s the whole idea of fear that she’s controlling. They don’t want their record being said out loud.

He’s a chronic and he’s unresponsive. He has a very simple lifestyle. The Combine couldn’t fit him into a spot. No matter what the orderlies say, he doesn’t care.

They are just getting ganged up on Harding all because of Nurse Ratched.

McMurphy says the patients are like chickens in a farm and they see a chicken with a blood on the feather, they peck on it until they’re dead. The blood splatters at the chickens and they start pecking each other, even though they are friends. Nurse Ratched first pecks at the patients and she pecks at the balls.

The women are viewed as a threatening and terrifying figures. The Nurse cannot be fired because the supervisor gets to fire people, and the supervisor is a very good friend of Nurse Ratched’s. They are taking the role of the men’s. They are being overpowered by a woman. She’s taking away their manhood à confidence + power à self-esteem à individuality à sexual desires à rights and freedom.

He knows his place in the society, in hierarchical view; Nurse Ratched is higher than Harding. The staffs are doing it to help them. But Harding is denial of his own ideas. He believes McMurphy is right, but he wants to just think that they’re doing it for the patient’s own good. Harding says McMurphy is a wolf, not a rabbit. McMurphy denies.

She can get him fired. She can get the doctor to write more Demerol prescriptions; she can convince the public that he is a drug addict.

Fog is escape from reality. People go hide in the alternate reality because it provides security. Since McMurphy arrived, they don’t need to go hide in the fog because they rely on McMurphy. McMurphy is making the patients face reality and question reality.

She has the full control and basically wants them to be isolated and not communicating with each other. She realizes that McMurphy is a bad influence and tries to make sure that they don’t talk to each other. The patients don’t talk to each other unless they’re in therapy sessions, but they are now socializing. She hates that.

Gambling symbolizes confidence in some ways. If a person makes a bet, they are 100% sure of their possibility of winning – it reflects on McMurphy’s lifestyle. Gambling symbolizes choice, which turns into freedom. It is a counter example of the Combine. They feel in control. They’re starting to take risks. They want to have a good time. Ultimately, gambling = fun.

He can see people’s insides – he knows what is actually going inside their heads. He is able to judge people by their true intentions, rather than their primary and foremost impressions. When he gambles, he can tell whether who’s lying or not. He is perceptive. The patients don’t know that Chief is faking it because they are too scared to look at someone in the eyes.

It is the cause of hallucinations that Bromden has. It always causes Bromden to hallucinate, since it is a hallucinogen. Bromden don’t usually take this unless the orderlies shove it into his mouth. It symbolizes control, conform. If you swallow the pills, you are accepting the Combine into your system. The Combine = machines, factory, wires, patients being treated like products.

He is slowly pulled into this darkness, the hallways are moving like a conveyer belt. It slowly moves into the Combine, and in the bottom floor, he sees his cellmate getting hung up by the feet and is shredded into pieces. The smoke machine works again; Bromden proceeds to hide inside the smoke. As he thought he was going to get lifted up, Mr. Turkle wakes him up.

Yes, since Bromden’s hallucination is his hellish nightmare that he has every single day. In order to escape the “reality” he is having in front of his eyes, it is best to escape from it by hiding inside the fog, which symbolizes the safe place or his own alternate reality.

He whistles loudly, he complains about the soap he is using to brush his teeth. He then proceeds to sing as if no one is around him; he is only wearing boxers and this cause Nurse Ratched to scream and tell him to put his clothes back on.

The staffs in the mental ward are utterly disturbed about his rudeness and his behaviour towards the staff. He sounds like a little kid who always wants something and bawls about it, and gets it. However, he should realize that this is a mental ward and the ward has the full authority over him.

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Sorry for being a day late for Lyrical Sunday. We stayed away on holiday an extra night (to avoid a rough crossing of the Cook Strait). We are now back home and had a beautiful crossing. It’s nice to be home… but we’ll be happier once all the bags are unpacked!

I’ll be back tomorrow with the theme for ‘Week 5′.

Thanks to Jen of Snapshots and LJ and Stud1 of Latte Junkie for being so patient with me – the ‘Linky’ widget is now up and working for you to link up with your wonderful prose. Hoping for some new bloggers to join in too

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Leather, suede, velvet or lace.

I’d carefully display them,
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Outfits to compliment them,
Lingerie, stockings and mules.

Now those bags of pre-child days,
Gather dust in drawers instead.
Coming out for dress-up play,
Tea parties with doll and ted.

My life is still full of bags,
But strength, and size, hold more sway.
Bags, full of books, and name tags,
Ready for school, dance and play.

Too many to keep in check,
Few as dainty or bedecked.
More Gortex than glitz. Hi-tech,
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Shopping bags that carry food,
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Not in a dash to suit the mood,
To fill cupboards ever bare.

There is no delicate bag,
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For a traveller with jet-lag,
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But now, bags full of treasures,
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Not at all, I’m very zen,
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I’m so happy that I’ve found,
I much prefer bags with crumbs in!

The first bag I bought, went to see a kangaroo,
The second bag I bought, went to the loo.

The third bag I bought, flew to the stars.
The fourth bag I bought, jumped to Mars.

The fifth bag I bought, swam in the sea,
The sixth bag I bought, ate a giant pea.

The seventh bag I bought, was a chatter-box,
The eighth bag I bought, got eaten by a fox.

The ninth bag I bought, grew a leg,
The tenth, and final bag, I bought, got stuck in an egg.

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The lodge was a serene oasis from the billowing wind. We ate lunch and let go of our disappointment over the wind spoiling our paradise beach. The wine, beer and chocolate cake helped!

We’d planned to spend four hours enjoying the scenery of the beach and the inlet, but all hopes were utterly dashed. Dan and I would have stomached it; but it was a mean wind whipping up the sand and not at all pleasant for the children and Dan’s parents. We had hoped to share our memories of kayaking the Abel Tasman and enjoying the scenery of the rich native bush sweeping down to the golden sands in calmer circumstances – but ‘Mother Nature’ wasn’t dealing us a good hand. There was no point in hanging around for four hours, so we decided to try our luck in catching an earlier boat out.

Charlotte and Sophie learned that plans don’t always turn out as expected. Once we were finally onboard the return boat we laughed with hind-sight and talked of our ‘adventure’. Charlotte and Sophie said they’d felt like castaways, stranded on a wild beach; especially when the first return-boat that came into sight veered to the opposite end of the long beach, leaving us with little hope of reaching it before the gang-plank was hoisted back up and the vessel turned seaward again. Thankfully, some good samaritans came to our rescue, noticing us struggling to make head-way against the wind and ran towards us, relieving us of our bags and volunteering to run on to the next boat heading ashore to ask them to wait for us.

Thankfully the return vessel did wait and was ten-times more comfortable than the boat we’d roughed in on. There were two levels, rather than one, and an undercover area, with windows (lacking in the first boat) to shelter us from rogue waves (though Chinese Grandma and Dan got a complete drenching when they went up on top deck to take in the view!).

And it’s amazing the difference a coffee machine can make to a person’s perception! After we’d left the windy conditions in Waiharakeke Bay behind, and turned the corner at Awaroa Head, we breathed a sigh of ease. The Tasman Sea was calm in this section of the stunningly beautiful Abel Tasman National Park. Sea kayakers pedaled past, seals frolicked around the rocks at Tonga Island and people sauntered along the beaches at the bays we visited.

We absolutely loved the return cruise to Kaiteriteri Beach and we arrived with plenty of time to finally make use of our togs, towels and beach toys! Mother Nature wasn’t all cruel and the rough winds and wild boat ride in Waiharakeke Bay ended up making it an unforgettable experience. We certainly experienced both the ‘Yin and the Yang’ of Mother Nature’s hand in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Visit Week 42 of ‘The Gallery‘ at Tara’s wonderful ‘Sticky Fingers’ blog for more ‘Mother Nature’ posts.


Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle

Awaroa Lodge

Abel Tasman National Park

Department of Conservation: Abel Tasman

The days are long, the nights hot (don’t get too excited – sticky children limpet style in bed rather than honeymoon style passion), the views are breathtaking, the beaches plentiful and quiet, the cafes and eateries plentiful, uniquely special, child-friendly and relaxed. We are half way through a wonderful, much anticipated and awaited holiday.

When the starlit nightfall graces the end of our non-stop days (that start early – not due to a full on itinerary, or long day of tramping in the bush, but due to our little darlings) we retire to bed; feeling completely spent in a wholesome mind/body way.

We’re taking hundreds of photographs, living in the moment, having adventures and enjoying a revitalizing change of scene and routine. Some evenings the children are up late and it’s nice not to care. Even if they do wake early, instead of having a lie in, we just give them a wide berth and have a chilled day. There are no high expectations. We have activities in mind we’d like to do; but going with the flow when the weather doesn’t deal us a favourable hand, one child is too tired or an old favourite is revisited and found to now be closed.

I won’t know where to begin in blogging about all that we’ve done. I usually write diary style as we go – but haven’t felt like that this holiday. Perhaps I’ll let the snippets of fun and stories unfurl in retrospect as and when.

For when term starts back in just under three weeks, and my parents-in-law have flown back to the UK, I’ll have six hour’s a day with just Alice and me. Nap times will be like gold – to write, maybe do a couple of sun-salutations, and to just ‘be’ in my own head-space.

It will be good to have all these good times to reflect back on when the evenings start to draw in.

The theme for week 4 of Lyrical Sunday is…. tum, tee, tum… ‘Bags‘!

I know it doesn’t sound very exciting, but it’s very much apt for us at the moment – as we pack up our suitcases and head to Nelson for a couple of weeks. And we have just welcomed Chinese Grandma and Granddad to New Zealand (their bags got way laid in Sydney and took another day to arrive!).

Since we’ll be away next Sunday (though we’ll still be hooked up to the Internet via one form of gadget or another… not sure at what speed!), I am giving us all a fortnight to write our poems – whoop, whoop! So get your thinking caps on and think ‘bags’…. Here’s some prompts to kick off with:

– Handbags (visions of disco dancing divas spring to my mind!)
– Suitcases (vintage, victorian, moth-ball covered, hidden in the attic)
– Bags that go missing
– Back-packs that have travelled the world (if only they could talk!)
– Character bags (think aliens, monsters, walking, talking….)
– Bags with undeclared items in them (think smugglers, customs, trafficking)

Link up on Sunday 23 January.

Post your creative thoughts on your blog and, if you like, add a photo, drawing, or, if you’re feeling musically inclined, add some music to your lyrics and record them!

We look forward to freeing our creative side and being inspired by your thoughts too!

Sweet peas through my window climb,

Descended from the vines of time.

Growing wild, in the mountains of Sicily,

Reaching out, with tendrils, so sisterly.

I watch the green shoots, stretch out and grow, a

Vision of my sister and her love doth flow.

Climbing those hills, where sweet peas wind,

Their fragrant embrace around two hearts entwined.

I wish those two hearts could come here and stay,

Linger, a while, in my garden, and play.

Those self-pollinating flowers amaze,

Every day there are new colours to gaze.

I look at those petals with a passion,

Knowing I am a little old fashioned.

I think of them, hand in hand, carefully

Climbing over Sicilian land.

One day our paths will meet, like a sweet embrace,

Just like those tendrils bring petals face to face.

My sister, her love – the climber, and my

Family of five.

Sarah Lee, © 2011

This poem was written with my sister and her boyfriend in mind. I haven’t seen them for three and a half years. I don’t know when weR17;ll meet again. But they have recently been climbing in the mountains of Sicily. When I looked up the origin of sweet peas, for my poem this week, it was with happy coincidence that I discovered them to have originated from Sicily. So whilst I gazed at the beautiful petals, climbing on the tendrils out of my kitchen window, my thoughts were far away in Sicily with my sister and her love.

Another coincidence, which I didn’t realise till after I’d written the poem and put the photograph of the painting up with it, is I painted 7 flowers, one for each of us x

Out the window I gazed,

And saw a yellow lilly.

It caught me by surprise.

Yellow sprouts of pollen,

Zoomed into the air, like

A fantail, fluttering in the clouds.

The golden leaves curled

Around and around,

Like a merry-go-round.

Then at the end it dried,

Like an Autumn leaf, fading,

Into thin air.

Every flower is so beautiful, that you

Would like to smell it, and touch it,

To pick it, and place it in a vase.

To sketch it and paint it,

I just wish the flowers could

Grow inside, really fast.

The sweet peas smell so nice,

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