McDonald Observatory is a few hours north of us, but we consider them to be neighbors. From Terlingua the nearest WalMart is over 150 miles away. 

Visit Fort Davis and the Observatory while you're in the neighborhood.
"This is the place where brilliant minds assemble to willfully pool ignorance with questionable logic in order to reach absurd conclusions."  Study Butte Store Sign
This is my virtual rose garden, it is forever blooming...
See ya' on the porch...
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Dr. Doug,
Borderline Mental Therapist

McDonald Observatory
Dr. Doug's Mental Health Clinic
Guided Group Therapy off the Terlingua Ghost Town Porch
Another happy patient

Kristinna Blanchard came all the way from Albany, New York to consult with Dr. Doug.  Here she expresses her gratitude to the Doctor. He won't accept monetary remuneration due to his vow of poverty, but he took no vow of chastity! After all, he's just a man.

Kristinna felt a wondrous, spontaneous, stupendous rush of happiness as she took her medicine, viewed the majestic Chisos Mountains and listened to the enlightening conversation ensuing from the Group Therapy Session.

Her happiness gushed to joyous exhuberance when the Doctor explained that it was not she that is crazy, it is the rest of the world, as he pointed to a Horny Toad, a scorpion, a cactus, a snake, and the dog on the porch.

Joyous exhuberance erupted into blissfull peaceful love of all things as the Doctor deftly manipulated his wooden cane, and reiterated his:
Ahhhh! Another successful and rewarding day in the exciting life of Dr. Doug
Four Step Program To Happiness:

Live Free
Do Not Worry
Be Very, Very Happy
Take Your Medicine If It Helps

No Dogs or Gunfights
on the Porch
Sometimes Dr. Doug just can't get his mind off Babes.  The name of the local mall always reminds him of bathing beauties.  Here he is day dreaming as he enters the Butte Store.
Dr. Doug offers personal consultations as well as Group Therapy. Here he explains the joy of happiness to his patient. Notice the delicate finger movements and the low, soothing voice used by the doctor to hypnotize and mesmerize. See how the patient has fallen under his spell?  People never even know they have been hypnotized, but they become very, very happy after consultation.
Patients wait  their turn for a personal consultation with Dr. Doug. First come, first served!
© 2009 Douglas Blackmon, all rights reserved
As Ben Franklin said:

In wine there is wisdom,
In beer there is freedom,
In water there is bacteria.

In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists demonstrated that if we drink 1 liter of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of E. Coli - bacteria found in feces.

In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of feces.
However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer (or tequila, rum, whisky or other liquor), because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.


     Water = Feces       Wine = Health 

Therefore, it's better to drink wine and talk stupid, than to drink water and be full of feces.
Behave Dr. Doug!
Dr. Doug's Clinic
Other Uses For Common Household Items

Out here in Terlingua there are no practicing doctors, no hospitals, no pharmacy, no Walmart.  So we resort to using common household items as medicine.  Here are a few examples:

Eliminate ear mites All it takes is a few drops of Wesson Corn Oil in your pet's ear... massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the pet's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

Kills fleas instantly... Dawn Dishwashing Liquid does the trick.  Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly.  Rinse well to avoid skin irritations.  Good-bye fleas.

Rainy day cure for dog odor: Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately-without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers, good for a hangover too.

Did you know that Colgate Toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns?

Curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

Achy muscles from a bout of the flu?  Mix 1 tablespoon horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil.  Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil for instant relief for aching muscles.

Sore throat?  Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer.  Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms.  Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly-even though the product was never been advertised for this use.
Honey remedy for skin blemishes... cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing.  Works overnight.

Listerine therapy for toenail fungus: 
Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine Mouthwash.  The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

Easy eyeglass protection... to prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear Nail Polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer. If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409.  Insects drop to the ground instantly.  WD-40 works too.

Smart splinter and cactus spine remover:  Just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin.  The splinter sticks to the dried glue.  We also use Duct Tape to pull the tiny cactus spines too small to see.

Hunt's Tomato Paste boil cure... cover the boil with Hunt's Tomato Paste as a compress.  The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

Balm for broken blisters... to disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine, a powerful antiseptic.

Vinegar to heal bruises... soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour.  The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

Quaker Oats for fast pain relief... it's not for breakfast any more!  Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.
Dapper Dr. Doug models for the Hatian Relief Fund.  He auctioned his suit for $100, then the buyer (Rodger Hazelwood)  gave him back his suit.
"Bighat Dave", Deaf Jeff and Terry Anderson sample a tasty Bar-B-Qued Rattlesnake
Day of the Dead Celebration, Ghostown Cemetary
Dr. Doug is not a dentist, so patients with toothaches have to pull their own teeth in the Clinic on the Porch.  Was that a dog on the Porch?
Dr. Doug's customary salute.
Sieg Howdy!
"That last group session was good! 
Get a picture of that dog on the Porch."
Two Stories BOTH TRUE - and worth reading!


    Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned  Chicago .  Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.
      Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie." He was Capone's lawyer for a good reason.  Eddie was very good!  In fact, Eddie's skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.
     To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very  well.  Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well.  For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of  the day.  The estate was so large that it filled an entire  Chicago City  block..
      Eddie lived the high life of the  Chicago  mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him. 
      Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly.  Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld.   Price was no object.  And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong.  Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.
      Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn't give his son; he couldn't pass on a good name or a good example.
      One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done.
      He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al "Scarface" Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity.  To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great.  So, he testified.
      Within the year, Easy Eddie's life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely  Chicago Street.  But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay.  Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped  from a magazine.

      The poem read:

"The clock of life is wound but once,
and no man has the power
to tell just when the hands will stop,
at late or early hour. 
Now is the only time you own.
Live, love, toil with a will.
Place no faith in time. 
For the clock may soon be still."



      World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O'Hare.  He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier  Lexington  in the South Pacific.
      One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission.  After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top  off his fuel tank.  He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his  ship.
      His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet.
      As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet.
      The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless.  He couldn't reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet.  Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger.  There was only one thing to do.  He must somehow divert them from the  fleet.
      Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he  dove into the formation of Japanese planes.  Wing-mounted 50 caliber's blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another.  Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent.
      Undaunted, he continued the assault.  He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly.
      Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction.  Deeply relieved, Butch O'Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier.
      Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return.  The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale.  It showed the  extent of Butch's daring attempt to protect his fleet.  He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft.
         This took place on February 20, 1942 , and for that action Butch became the Navy's first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Medal of Honor.
      A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29.  His home town would not allow the memory of this W.W.II hero to fade, and today, O'Hare Airport in  Chicago  is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.
      So, the next time you find yourself at O'Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch's memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor.  It's located between Terminals 1 and 2.


      Butch O'Hare was "Easy Eddie's" son.
"As you believe so shall it be done unto you."
Dr. Doug agrees with Waylon Jennings, "I've Always Been Crazy, but it keeps me from going insane."
Dr. Doug Warns:

"Too much medicine can be worse than not enough." 

This is what happened to Dr. Doug when he used a wee bit too much medicine.
"Doctor Doug" explains:
Why You Feel Smarter After A Few Beers
It's like this; a herd can only move as fast as the slowest animal.  The weakest and slowest of the herd are hunted and killed first.  The pace and health of the herd improves by the regular culling of the weakest.

In comparison, the human brain operates only as fast as the slowest cell. Alcohol is known to kill cells, but of course it affects the weakest and slowest first.  This is how the regular consumption of beer rids the brain of weaker brain cells, making it faster and more efficient.