Dr. Doug's Mental Health Clinic
Guided Group Therapy on the Terlingua Ghost Town Porch
See ya' on the porch...
Welcome to my Wide Open Mental Health Clinic here on the High Sierra porch!  Just go through that door over there and the nurse will provide your favorite ice-cold medicine for a small fee. 
Come back here with your medicine and find a place on one of those benches.  I'll guide you through this group therapy session, and I guarantee you will feel better very soon.
Now tell me... What do you think of the view from this porch... Did you know Terlingua is the world's largest open air insane asylum? Yes, and I'm the only mental therapist in this entire borderland region, as far as the eye can see when sitting on this mountain.  This is a task no other therapist will do, a fate of unending hardships.
      But I'll do it, so let's get started.  Do you love your mother?  Is there something bothering you?  How does that make you feel?  I may be able to help you.
My advice is... Live free, take your medicine, and be very, very happy.
Hey, look over there... What a Babe!
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Excuse me, are you alright?  You look a little queasy.  How many fingers do you see?  Yes, four is correct.

Perhaps you got a little hot.  Just sit back on that bench, I'll be right back with some ice cold medicine, and we can talk about it. 

I'm Dr. Doug, and I specialize in making people happy. See, you're feeling better already.  Come along then, I'll show you around Terlingua, and I guarantee you will soon be much happier...
© 2009 Douglas Blackmon "Dr. Doug", all rights reserved.
Photo by Kristinna
Dr. Doug presides over another Group Therapy Session on the Porch.  Notice the musical accompaniment and the lively conversation sparked by liberal doses of medicine, Dr. Doug's lively and magnetic personality, and the magic of the Chisos Mountains.

There is not an unhappy face in the crowd.
Photo by Kristinna
This cowboy will be back.

He may have left his rock collection, boots, medicine and smokes, but he would never abandon his dog.
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Kristina's Farewell Party

Kristina Blanchard has been miraculously cured of terminal unhappiness and has been released from Dr. Doug's Mental Health Clinic, the world's largest open air mental asylum, to return to her home in upper state New York. 

You'd have to slap her to knock that smile off her face, but Dr. Doug does not advise such action.  Part of her prescribed therapy was to let out her aggressions using a bullwhip. 

Dr. Doug and all the other patients love her and will miss her very much.  Farewell Kristina.  Dr. Doug is already misty eyed.

This is his great quandry. His miraculous successes return to productive society, his harder cases stay longer and sometimes become locals.  But we survive out here. 

iViva Terlingua!
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"It is better to know nothing and KNOW you know nothing than to think you know something and don't." Socrates wrote that 23 centuries ago.  Funny how it still applies...
If you find you are the one, come see me for an open-air group therapy session on the Porch.  I guarantee you will feel better after therapy.
                                                Dr. Doug
Hillie Bills from Hudson Valley, New York played at the Starlight Theatre in November 2013.  Dr. Doug was smitten by her talent and highly recommends her music to sooth your soul.  http://reverbnation.com/hilliebills
Click on the picture above to go to her website.
Dr. Doug is featured in several books & videos of the Big Bend.

"Tales From The Terlingua Porch" Volumes 1 and 2 by Blair Pittman.

"Authentic Texas People of the Big Bend" by Marsha  Daudistel.

"Why Terlingua?"
by Carlton Leatherwood.

"National Geographic, Badlands, Texas"  Eight Episodes, Original Productions, Jeffrey Berk, Producer.

"Verdict in La Kiva Murder" KMID TV, Camila Bernal.

"Ghostown: 24 Hours"  Electro-Fish Productions
Anna Oakley, musician, graphic artist, promoter, web publisher and beautiful friend of Dr. Doug.
"I call my home "Ice Station Zebra".  It's cold as hell in the winter, and hot as hell in the summer,  but we survive down here..."
Young beardless Dr. Doug (pictured below) bares an uncanny resemblance to Ebe Gebe (above).
Dr. Doug is one of the characters in the Award Winning Video "Ghostown: 24 Hours"

Ghost Town:  24 Hours Awards

* Emmy Award - Outstanding Achievement in Documentary
* Emmy Nomination - Oustanding Achivement in Editing

* Winner, Best Documentary - Chicago Int'l Reel Shorts Film Festival
* Winner, Best Documentary - Dam Short Film Festival
* Winner, Best Documentary - Thin Line Film Festival
* Winner, Best Documentary - Seguin Film Festival
* World Premeire - DC Independent Film Festival
* Terlingua Premiere - La Kiva, Terlingua, Texas
* Austin Film Society Showcase - SXSW Film Festival
Brian came all the way from England to attend Therapy Sessions with Dr. Doug.  Judging from that smile, the therapy was quite succesful.
Thirty-seven years ago I visited Terlingua with my brother, fell in love with this rugged, resource scarce, hardscrabble, merciless land, and decided to live here for the rest of my life.  With no money, no car, no house and no job, it was difficult to even find water.  I stayed wherever I could, in caves, in abandoned buildings, in a bus...
I survived most of the time with no steady job as a free man, lots of times that meant sleeping under the stars.  I learned to enjoy my freedom, take my medicine like a man, and to be very, very happy.
     This is where you will find me, on the porch where I conduct my world famous Open Air Guided Group Therapy Sessions with the many needy patients we find in the Big Bend Area.