Dr. Doug's Mental Health Clinic
Guided Group Therapy on the Terlingua Ghost Town Porch
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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.
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.
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.
Dave Safrit rowing down the highway
"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.
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Dr. Doug is featured in several books & videos of the Big Bend.
by Carlton Leatherwood.
"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).
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.