Quotes and Tropes Influencing this Effort

Quotes and Tropes Influencing this Effort

In addition to Natan Sharansky's quote and reference to Abraham Lincoln's "Mystic Cords of Memory," the following have provided civilizations with important sayings that in their reasonablenesses influence much thought, infusing it with meaning. When applied and interpreted metaphorically, they even serve as tropes. They also have influenced this work: The Pretty True Texas Series, and even before knowing of their existences, all that I've done over the past four decades in creating ETM TRT SHOM.

Albert Einstein

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

Sigmund Freud | Brought to my attention from, and thanks to, Eric Kandell's The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present... ; 2012; Chapter Five.

"We cannot do without men with the courage to think new things before they can prove them."

Stephen Hicks | from "Nietzsche and the Nazis;" Paraphrasing my understanding of that author's (Hicks) message:

Us commoners will have to uncommonly learn the elements pertaining to and comprising the epistemology of trouble: the meaning and influence of philosophers' ideas that drive humankind, when it is mostly heading for destruction, and if we, otherwise, would like to head it off.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"Once I used to hope that experience of life could be handed on from nation to nation, and from one person to another, but now I am beginning to have doubts of this."

Jesse W. Collins II (me) | from The Great Evidenced-Based, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Self Help and Government Merger: Monopolistic Cultural Infusions of Pharmacological and Behavioral Whack-o-Mole; and, Combat  Psychological Trauma — Cope or Cure!?

"Had I another five hundred years, I could not have created a more perfect public and organizational management psychopathology than Evidenced-Base's Nosotropically-biased, epistemologically-bigoted, and mass-clinical-duping application to individual and systemic — particularly to include combat-caused — psychological trauma."

Part I: Regret and Consolation

Regret and Consolation

I began telling this story, in part where referenced in the Introduction to this work, as a reunion-styled hobby pertaining to a history of a group of people once known as the Westbury Rebels of Houston, Texas, graduating classes of 1962-1965. From that research, experience and effort, which has encompassed almost a decade, I've had one salient regret, which I express here. Illness precluded me from being able to publish all the stories of extra-, but what was humbly believed virtually by each principal to be "just," -ordinary life produced in the otherwise dramatic reality of that population. But the truth is that not only were they particularly NOT ordinary, at least all of the time, but they were special in their remarkability to meet that which befell them.

It wasn't only the rigors of daily life that confronted those early Westbury Rebels as they graduated into adult reality. But due to the technologically-influenced globalization of the world, these, as would turn out, not-so-ordinaries faced over their time and now most recent half century an ideological and methodological confluence of various and differently conceptualized, planet-rule-configured, and almost always conflict-based, which also made them conflicting, approaches to life. Spawned out of that melee and targeting Western civilization's freedom-bulwark, America, externals comprised of psychological-war-adroit hostiles shortened the threat attack corridor with periodic terror-styled taking of life, and national identity-depreciating words. In this strategically invasive form, the offensive trauma/terrorism-inducing onslaughts would place additional and myriad demands — and often without their even being aware, much less understanding of the destructive mechanizations being waged against them — upon these Texas peoples', that is, the referenced Rebels' character. From and to which such challenges, these folks, who otherwise just wanted to mind what they considered to be the managements of their own lives and business, would  rise to better define and then defend, yes fight in their individual and collective and as well both simple and complex manners for this group's millennially developed, but also new and ever-growing, hallmark: freedom. It would be sustained by this bunch of Rebels who — along with the era's other high schoolers and their decedents from the rest of the great state of Texas, and then entire country, America — would take their turn at the responsibility-for-existence helm, and in so doing save that civilization and its notion of Being from extinction.

Although disappointing that those individual stories could not all be told (by me), I have felt consolation in being privileged to participate in the project as a whole, and thus to contribute an interpretation of these people’s importance to the referenced grander scheme of things ─ survival of the freedom-pursuing element of the species: us.


Author's Message

 The following essay, entitled "The Author's Message," precedes virtually every publication—usually written to clinical therapists and those having social management responsibilities—that contains ETM TRT SHOM information. Although this series was originally designed and produced for a different audience, the general public, the essay/"Message" still warrants presentation.

Author’s Message
Author’s Thesis and Goals Underpinning ETM TRT SHOM Publications

Having done this work for the past three decades-plus, I’m leaving the next generation of dedicated ETM TRT professionals with this missive. Naming it the “Author’s Message,”

it is the most important statement to be made about ETM TRT by its author, showing its meaning for and importance to humanity and concluding with clarification of the model’s goals set for it to achieve by the end of the twenty-first century.

Restating for emphasis, ETM TRT has endurably, completely and Etiotropically resolved the psychological trauma affecting every case to which it was administered in accordance with its application criteria. As ETM TRT’s author celebrating this thirtieth (plus) anniversary of its initial development (1979-1981), I am stating what I have learned starting with the years just following its inception and continuing thereafter to be true: “Resolution” as I’ve employed it here means that

ETM TRT has cured, stills cures, and will continue to cure immemorially

people affected by psychological trauma and its more recognizable outcome Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Moreover and in case you have not understood the full meaning of this statement, no other secular-based body of psychological research and study has ever provided the world since the beginning of humankind’s existence a view or experience of this phenomenon’s equal. Imagine the final removal of the deepest, darkest vacuum of devastation that heretofore has hollowed our hearts and minds of their ontological essence, vacating ordinary existence, joy and pleasure from our lives as they have been taken inexorably over the millennia to their endings, never having known without abuse their life’s wonderments. Albeit not intended as an ideological creation for a utopian person, society or world civilization, due to ETM TRT’s applications so far to some members of our generations, for them there’ll be no more sequestered haunting trauma attended by seemingly perdurable loss-causing shock, horror, unyielding anxiety, hurt, shame, sadness, disillusion and everlasting depression.

Psychological trauma has two other functions different from just being the intrapsychic source of individual, family and community life long misery. These variables make psychological trauma the Gordian knot to be untied if anyone other than me, and I know already that there are a few, intends to end pain and suffering that has been reinventing itself as if an infinite part of man for (at least) the last three to five thousand years.

First, psychological trauma provides an inexhaustible fuel supply for that inveterate relic of the once dark ages of mental health, the “cycle of violence.” Traumatized people sometimes traumatize others, including even their loved ones. In that same vein, traumatized people have also been found to be hindered by the same trauma from defending themselves and their loved ones against recurring like events. Second, psychopaths use trauma, for example, created through the killing of innocent citizens as a time responsive intrapsychically implanted manipulation device that systemically controls their political oppositions’ defensive management activities. That is called “terrorism.”

Strategic ETM employs its oft referenced to be daedal structural features in conjunction with TRT’s ability to cure trauma affected individuals and systems in order to expunge and then dispose of that system management debilitating fuel that repeatedly re launches the “cycle.” Removing the fuel interrupts the cycle and then ends it.

Thereafter, what also can we expect to succumb to our cause, determinations, and Strategic ETM strengthened capacities? It will be those perpetrators of perpetual calamity and hysteria. That is, strategic uses of ETM will end not just their hegemonic methods, but also the very existences of those people who would commit the heinous and vile deeds the methods require to traumatize their prey. The days where terrorists so adroitly exploit peace and innocence to advance minority interests are coming to an end. Without any equivocation, ETM TRT is the sword that will cut the Gordian knot of otherwise believed to be human nature-inspired thus ever continuing criminal, as in terrorism, violence.

Imagine, then, even more profoundly if you dare, what our world could be like without that cycle of violence and the ability of psycho-socio-pathic offenders to use trauma to control others; although ending that cycle is not suggested or intended to produce a utopian civilization, it is the intent to create one that operates itself without perpetual heinousness constantly attempting to predominate decision making: that is, how we conduct and otherwise manage ourselves. But at least if our thirty years past, current and near future preparations work, that is, establishing global understanding that trauma as a horrific and sometimes self-perpetuating force can be removed from our planet’s populations’ lives, then our next generation of determined ETM TRT professionals can more easily and readily spend their time just finishing the job of actual implementation: extricating the rest of our civilizations out from under trauma’s now obscenely unnecessary multidimensional burden. After achieving the goals of ridding our citizenry of trauma’s effects and then preventing it from being used by criminality and the insane, who knows what else a world without psychological trauma can do?

I intend to train and certify as ETM TRT SHOM competent and with my authority to administer the model, only those professionals who can and will ascribe to the referenced goals. And please know and remember: Even if you are not the administrator of ETM and SHOM’s strategic functions, it is the clinical TRT incremental work done at the individual cure/trauma-etiology-reversal level that can and will make the more grandeur view become reality.

Part I: Edens, Guadalcanal, a Westbury Rebel, La Bahia Road, and A Texas Woman from 1838-2014

Edens, Guadalcanal, a Westbury Rebel,
La Bahia Road and a Texas Woman

From 1838 to 2014

How the Westbury High School Rebels
Saved Western Civilization from Extinction




Had the Kickapoo not spread his feet the near width of the door he was blocking, this story might never have been told, at least here. Through that small space on the Edens cabin’s bloody floor would crawl the ancestor of a Westbury Rebel’s graduate from that new Houston high school’s class of 1963. This essay links these two women through the stories of their lineage, emphasizing its value to our history, heritage, and civilization.

It started on the evening of October 18, 1838. According to reports from that period, the alleged Kickapoo (possibly Cherokee and Coushatta staying temporarily in the Kickapoo Village) had just killed eighteen members of the Killough family on October 5, of the same year and all members of the Campbell’s not far from this new Texas target for mass murder. The plan supporting a combined Indian and Mexican "uprising" which is claimed to have led to the Edens-Madden Massacre was well documented with its executions recorded in Texas history (respectively, here and here) as spinoffs from or out of the Cordova Rebellion, which as a whole apparently did not get very far, excepting the referenced attacks and attendant murders.

At the Edens-Madden farm, four families comprised mostly of women and children had come here to find security in their numbers. In this attack, where the Indian brave was supposed to block exit by any of the women and children comprising the families now being slaughtered, another figure would enter the melee of carnage, pick up a baby named Melissa, who was not yet dead, and escape the settler’s frontier home with the infant in her arms. Running with determination, she eluded the killers outside and sprinted one and a half miles through the densely wooded forest in Houston County, delivering the child to the safety of a neighboring farm. That not being enough for this Texas woman, herself a settler’s Negro slave and said-to-be Edens-Madden servant, she hurried back through the forest to reenter the still killing zone to, this time, save one of the dramatically ─ left-for-dead ─ wounded mothers (Nancy Halhauser Madden) of the children. She returned a third time to the house with its victims, some to be burned alive in the evidence-destroying flames, and saved another child.

This Texas heroine was fifty-six years of age. Her name was “Patsy.”

The woman already hatcheted in her back, ribs, shoulders and head, and who crawled through the legs of the door-guarding Kickapoo was Lucinda Elizabeth Edens Madden, sister of another Westbury Rebel ancestor, Lauriet Martha Edens Kennedy, who was the wife of Stephen E. Kennedy. He was twenty-nine years of age at the time of the massacre, and only two years out from his service as a rebel soldier in the Republic of Texas Army 1835-1836. The battle axe- and scalping knife-stricken Mrs. Lucinda Edens Madden would further crawl out from the cabin and onto the ground, where she would, now also less one ear, pull herself along in the dirt. Chasing remaining settlers who would soon be dead, the killers leaped over her body, thinking she was already deceased lying in the grass near the wood fence that bordered the property.

But she wasn’t. And although two of her children, Robert and Seldon, were already murdered, her other son, young (four years of age) Balis Erle, was not. Historic archives telling this story of Balis's escape express a level of heinousness seldom witnessed in such calamitous events. For example ─ and you of seriously civilized sensibilities may not want to read this ─ it is reported that the very small children, even infants, were slammed against the cabin walls, their skulls smashed by the force of impact. One of the women was thrown into the fireplace after being dismembered. The survivors reported that so much blood poured from her wounds that it put the fire out in the hearth.

But this next part is not so bad, even maybe uplifting in its miraculousness. Balis Erle would follow the darkened (sorry, but again marked by the hemorrhaging wounds) trail of his mother, through the spread feet of the door-guarding and screaming-in-delirium-delight-at-the-killings, psychopathically-entertained Kickapoo. It is also reported (by the survivors) that he (the warrior, not Balis) was, probably, overweight. Once getting into the yard, and seeing that his mom may have sustained herself, the boy “sheltered,” as they say today, “in place” by concealing himself in the hog bin.

Being one of the few targets of the massacre to survive, Mrs. Madden ─ having that night lost two of her children to maniacal homicide by Native American ferocity ─ and later with her sister would contribute to the Texas settler women’s tradition of caring for each other, their families, and especially their children, in the process establishing a remarkable lineage of extraordinary Texans, and Americans to be. Following her sister’s and then her daughter’s deaths, this Edens Massacre survivor would raise the three years old grandniece, doing that in conjunction with her also Massacre-surviving and remaining son, Balis Erle, and the girl-child’s father, Archibald Mason Craig.

Under the care of Mrs. Lucinda Edens Madden (who would finally die in 1883) and her son, that little girl, Laura Alice Craig, would grow up through the rest of the nineteenth and then first half of the twentieth centuries, and add to this family’s lineage by marrying William Abraham Allen, becoming Laura Alice Craig Allen and then having two children, Minnie Burke and Vincie Allen. Minnie Burke Allen would marry Royal Lester McGraw, the couple’s then giving birth to, raising, and thus adding two additional children to the family’s line. One of them would become an American hero: Bruce Allen McGraw.


As a boy, and while becoming a young man, he used to ride his horse to school from his home in Todd to Plantersville. Although during the great depression it (FM 1774) was, as a rule, a quiet road in Grimes County and just north of Navasota, Texas, he carried a pistol in a holster for security against organized and big-city-based marauders who had threatened him and his family. Upon arrival in Plantersville and before going to class, however, he would leave the revolver and holster at Mrs. Emma and Thomas Jefferson Tucker’s home for safe keeping, and so as to not alarm anyone. Where the gun was Bruce’s, the holster actually belonged to Ms. Emma, who in much later years would gift it to the family’s archivists.

As the 1930s came to an end, and the world went to War, Laura Alice’s grandson would enter the United States Navy. After training as an aviator, he began combat service flying Dauntless class bombers from the flight deck of the USS Enterprise, attacking the Japanese navy’s ships in that seven month-long battle, and supporting with air cover US Marines fighting on the ground of the historically and inarguably notable island: Guadalcanal. While being interviewed for a twenty-first century documentary (“Battle 360”) about the Enterprise’s role in that battle, Commander McGraw would tell the story of the great ship’s bombardment by enemy forces, catching her afire, and nearly sinking it during that part of the Western civilization-saving struggle ongoing in the Pacific. He would pay tribute to his fellow pilots and their crews.

Upon return from the Guadalcanal campaign, the young Navy pilot would marry on July 14, 1943, one of the beautiful young women of central Texas, Mary Mae Watson. The Watson’s called her “Baby Ceil.” Being ordered back to the Pacific for a second tour, Bruce Allen McGraw was assigned to the USS Franklin ─ the carrier (an LPH class) known as “The Ship that wouldn’t die” ─ where for the rest of the war he would fly over fifty additional combat missions, this time as a Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter pilot. They would be served in the major sea and island fighting battles along the South Pacific to Japanese mainland, the then (following Pearl Harbor, Midway, and Guadalcanal) conflagrating segment of what today is more peacefully termed the Pacific Rim.

Coming home at the end of the war in 1945, Bruce and Mary would have their first child, Tana Patricia McGraw, on January 2, 1946. Showing the child’s early upbringing, her father, becoming a Lt. Commander in the US Navy and stationed in San Diego, explained in a 1947-dated letter to his mother, Minnie

“I’m training her just like I did Spot.”

Who was the family’s dog. The correspondence would also describe how at eighteen months of age the little girl toddler picked up and even carried, but mostly dragged, a ten pound dumbbell throughout the house.

A Westbury Rebel

That training would apparently be put to good use when she reached the ages of nine to eleven. Tana now had a new little sister, Bennetta (also called "B") and a classic Radio Flyer Red Wagon (with wooden sides), which would first be loaded with that younger of the McGraw children (a four year old), and then a good food supply: cans of nourishing green beans, fruit, and whatever the children would need to sustain their journey up north. Tana was pulling the laden wagon from their current home in southwest Houston, Texas, to eventually reach her maternal grandmother's (Mamaw’s ─ whose fuller name was Infelice Loucille Neely Watson, and who was wife to Elisha Bennett, also known as "E.B.", Watson) home in Grimes County at Plantersville.

Walking and rolling along the sidewalk, neighbors from that new Willowbrook Southwest Houston subdivision would ask “Where are ya’ll going?” And in unison the girls would exclaim, “To visit Mamaw.” “Do you know how to get there?” the friend would ask. And of course, the older of the two, being a “Spot”-trained, carrier Dauntless class bomber and fighter pilot’s daughter, said she did. “North to Hempstead, a little west and then right on Mangum Road and then north again to Tomball and Magnolia and right up (on a NE heading) to Plantersville.” And they would be ─ after pulling that wagon and the four years old, but probably light-weight, Bennetta about fifty miles ─ home and with their favorite persons: their grandmothers; Mamaw and Minnie Burke; paternals who were Granddaddy E.B. Watson and Grandpa R.L. McGraw; and then all the other grand, great and just wonderfully current and otherwise regular aunts, uncles and cousins, each and every one awaiting the Red Wagon girls’ completion of their homecoming trek back to their roots buried deep in the proverbial, and for these special people both loved and hard-fought-for, heart of Central Texas.

Being well trained for travails, when a rigorous one came along the stalwart current of this lineage, eleven years old Tana Patricia, would meet and vanquish it, and all its attendant challenges: Cooking, house-cleaning, child-rearing, medical attention, academia, the Westbury Rebelettes, dating good young men and morons, and high school beauty pageants. Everything an eleven years old girl should know regarding REAL life in the west, particularly its more southern extremities.

Following back surgery, her mom became very ─ incapacitatingly ─ and chronically ill. Meal preparation for her and the rest of the family, which presented the first of the handed-down duties, came straight out of her mother’s, Mamaw’s and Minnie’s OJT kitchen instruction, which documentation confirms was also passed on from both Laura Alice and the great Great Aunt and Edens Massacre survivor Lucinda Elizabeth Edens Madden, herself, and all of those Texas womens’ intergenerationally-edited/updated books about life. While the rest of us, with sick mothers, who had attended Shearn Elementary (where I was introduced at age nine to this female student) were living on foil-covered TV dinners and tomato water (boiled macaroni, water, salt and tomato sauce), Tana Patricia’s (TPat’s) household was getting, thanks to the young TPat’s fill-in efforts, central Texas food staples: fried chicken; hammered, pulverized, flour-basted and fried round steak; pot roast; baby back pork ribs; always medicinal chicken soup with wild rice; mashed potatoes with more-than-adequate amounts of country farm-styled butter; lots of both brown and cream (but imperatively lump-free) gravy; every kind of squash, greens, carrots, lettuces, tomatoes, peas, okra, bacon, cheese casseroles; scrambled and over-easy basted eggs and omelets; pork loins; salt and fresh water fish, shrimps, and salt water crabs, oysters; some French fried potatoes; every version of corn; other vegetables and then starches including dinner rolls, cornbread, hushpuppies, buttermilk biscuits and some breads I’ve never even heard of; cooked cereals; both sugar crumbed and meringue-topped pies; morning toast; goulash made with hamburger and short macaronis; cookies, muffins and cakes; and barbecued everything. Although not all nutritionally perfect by twenty-first century standards, nor especially karmaically appropriate, from someone (me) who's studied some of the millions-killing famines of the planet, thank both God and America for this insight during my lifetime into Central Texas farm-eatery-heaven on earth!

House-cleaning employed the little girl in the use of the do-it-as-you-go method. Which means to wash dishes as soon as the food is removed from (eaten) the plates; putting leftovers quickly in the refrigerator/freezer; and sponging the table before glasses of milk, water and iced tea could be re set after taking only a sip. Sheets and complete beddings were washed and changed in less than a week at Navy inspection standards. Worn, but not making it to “dirty” clothes never hit the floor or chair, culminating in their being washed, ironed and folded or hung up in rapid fire applications. Baths were insisted upon even for the lame and morose. And, the pets had to walk the house-broke line, or else . . . she would train them, like Spot.

Child-rearing meant caring for her little sister, who got fed, bathed, sent to bed, ordered to comply with house, homework and the new TV-watching rules, dressed for, carried to, and then picked up from school. Caring for herself required the same discipline dished out to and imposed, albeit also caringly, upon the family’s lowereds: B and the pets.

Mary Mae, Tana's mother, required in-home and constant medical care. From age eleven, Tpat would provide that in conjunction with meeting the medical needs of herself, sister and pets. Her mom did not respond well, eventually sinking into fatigue and a depression.The work would go on, despite the challenge.

Graduating from Shearn elementary, the young hard worker would move on to Pershing Junior High School, and then Bellaire senior high. It had become the academic superior of the Southwest, and Tana would apply herself. But then, the new school would open out in the rice fields south of Braes Bayou, and Tana would join up as a junior, and also new Westbury Rebel, but more appropriate, Rebellette. That was the high school's girl's drum, bugle and fife drill team.

Getting help from her friends in that corps, TPat became a drummer, adding a special thumping and likely entertaining noise to the family's home and neighborhood, and no doubt strengthening her capacities in achieving the other tasks required of her there. Unfortunately for her, however, another of life's influences would add more challenge. She was pretty, too. And, that brought boys from both high schools and with which she would have to contend. She managed the addition, dating and befriending the best, both scholar- and athletically-inclined.

Being selected as the most beautiful girl presenting from the Rebel's junior and then senior classes, it was evident to us in the gallery that physical attractiveness was not just a function of biology for this looker. For her, it was as if she had reached down, even deeply inside herself, and all the way back to the stalwart, determined to live, and courageous great aunt Lucinda and the full grandmother line, drawing upon them for character, dedication to achieving that which was good, and mostly that which was even more importantly it seemed at the time, both vibrant and outstanding. As Tpat, that is, Tana Patricia McGraw and later to be Shaffer, made the transition from the girl child and to become that of a young lady, she presented as one of the best examples of Texas femininity that remarkable society could and would produce.

La Bahia Road

Looking back from the near ending of this entry/chapter, the last remaining couple of hundred yards of La Bahia Road is the most natural vantage point for telling this story. At that historic acreage of Grimes County in Central Texas, the monument, but now private residence-home still standing at the path's end picks up from that period of 1838 Indian wars, Cordova Rebellion and nation-building history. When walking, or just standing upon the now asphault-covered road, a little creative bias and enjoyment, or just easily to come by imagination, can let you be passed, almost simultaneously, by settlers fleeing the oncoming Mexican Army under Presidente Santa Ana; a stagecoach carrying passengers, dignitaries, maybe even a desperado, and for certain, other regular Texans right up to the stopover at the end of the once most traveled thoroughfare in the pioneer Southwest; and in the same white boarded remarkable house observe Ms. Sally Thompson's Texas education classes being conducted in her one room, 1840 circa, school. It would even become the general store that would house grain, flour, glass jars richly filled with most kinds of treasured editable preservatives, eventually can goods, sometimes cotton, some clothing for both farming and special social events, and other basics supporting this countryside’s life blood.

And if you didn't have any imagination with which to conjure those historics, then a local Anderson, Texas, tour operator would periodically send some real horse-drawns for stimulation.

Privileged as friend and guest to view the interior of that home, my visit began at the covered front porch where the stage would arrive, and then change out its passengers for those going on, or maybe even staying a little bit for a rest. Moving down the now quiet hallway, the nail-fastened pine flooring, dark-stained, varnished and smooth from its wear and up-keeping during these two centuries, this visitor could almost hear and then see a wagon or two pulled up there on the right of this once loading ramp, but now center and long breeze-carrying hallway. Instead of nineteenth century conveyances, though, today high ceilings cover the same former-dockside area with an ornate Texas presence in living and dining rooms, and a kitchen, all walled and windowed from the style of the eras the house and its owners have seen and lived over the coming and going of centuries.

A widowed curator of this living, because it serves today only as a true residence, museum keeps both artful interior and exterior's grounds, imaculate, all conforming to US Navy inspection standards of order and cleanliness, and blended in their care with the Edens-Madden grandmothers' disciplines and other contributions to Texas civilization. And yes, this fortunately invited friend from old was served during my splendid stay the same kinds of food the eleven years old child prepared when taking care of her mom and family, now almost sixty years earlier.

At age seventeen, going on twenty-one, Tana McGraw dated some importants at the University of Houston, where she got her degree on time. Starting a teaching career in English, literature, writing, and drama, the subjects she loved, TPat married a handsome and very funny fellow named Gary Martin Shaffer, who also worked in education, eventually as a Vice Principal. They had a child. But Gary, a young man and while on a five mile run, would die when his heart burst from the strain of the exercise, leaving Mrs. Shaffer to be a single mothered widow at forty-one years of age. To concentrate on giving the child a proper home, the widow Shaffer decided against a dating social life and for her specialty: demanding improvement within herself, which she did by acquiring a Masters Degree in Education and Management, and simultaneously doing hard and dedicated work.

But lung cancer surgery dictated more tough and even solitary times during convalescence.  Her younger sister, Bennetta, and no longer four years old, would help. The Radio Flier Red Wagon Girls of Hempstead and Mangum, and the northern road to Plantersville were a team.

The Deer Park high school's principal would introduce the only female education executive in this era of the oil rich district's history, as "TW," the acronym for "Token Woman." Widow Shaffer, after twenty years of grading student papers for English grammar errors, would become a Vice Principal, enforcing the district's policies of instilling terror for goodness into the hearts and minds of otherwise adolescent recalcitrants. Mrs. Shaffer, who served in this professional executive education capacity for a decade, was known for the combination of discipline, intelligent caring, and toughness where necessary. While the rest of America was talking about advancing women's rights, opportunity and such, Mrs. Shaffer, one of the most beautiful Westbury High School Rebellettes — inferring that, alternatively, she might have advanced herself through the pre feminist, old fashioned Ms. Scarlet (Ohara-Kennedy-Butler) way — made the bootstrapping single-mother-while-becoming-a-professional-woman-career happen in reality. She did it, though, with the overseeing spirits — Lincoln's "mystic cords of memory" — of the women of Edens-Madden, their granddaughters, a father who fought at Guadalcanal and throughout the South Pacific, and from, to and for the honor of them all with, by and through unrelentingly rigorous application of herself, and adherence always to the principles she would both derive from them, and then find along her always determined way. At the end of La Bahia Road, the home-owner and private curator in the twenty-first century of the nineteenth's Sally Thompson school, stagecoach stop, and Central Texas general store, was and is today reaffirmed through this declaration to be a boni fide

Texas Woman.

 Tana Patricia McGraw Shaffer


Appendix C: Glossary

Appendix C:  Glossary


Acronyms represent, respectively,|
Etiotropic Trauma Management
; Trauma Resolution Therapy; Strategic Human Ontological Management

Identification Basics

ETM TRT SHOM is a secular1, drug free2, strategically structured psychodynamic3, Etiotropic/etiology-focused4, and ontologically-based5 approach to management of psychological trauma and its individually-, systemically-, organizationally- and community-/nationally-/civilizationally-presenting influences.
What ETM TRT SHOM is NOT: It is neither a (to reference several competitors) Behavioral, Cognitive Behavioral, Nosotropic/symptom-focused, non-secular/conversion, non-structured psychodynamic (e.g., Analysis or Person Centered), pharmacologically supportive, eclectically-oriented, or Exposure therapy; nor is ETM TRT SHOM a Twelve Step-based, -related, or -configured, or other self-help or general counseling life-coping-based methodology.

Longevity: thirty-six years; but initiated earlier, 1976. TRT’s formal development started in 1979 – completed in 1982. Tested through 1991. Currently extant. See Professional Due Diligence for the First Secular Cure of Psychological Trauma (PTSD).

Concepts and Terms

Cope or Cure?!

That’s the question to ask and answer when contemplating psychological trauma and all its ramifications.

When having to face, confront or otherwise address ─ from any perspective, i.e., either clinically, managerially, or self ─ psychological trauma and its behaviorally identified extension (post-traumatic-stress-disorder), make your evaluation through a lens that either directs you to apply a coping approach (ever-continuing life management) to the trauma, or to, instead, cure it. In this usage, don’t be afraid of the “C” word! It’s for constructive analytical and implementation management, not marketing. In the Etiotropic paradigm, “cure” means to direct all respondent resources to alleviate the condition so that it no longer exists or presents, or is likely to present, within the life cycle. Nothing of the condition remains to be managed. Contrasting that with the Nosotropically7 restricted, and as well encumbered by the more temporary adaptive/coping conceptualization to problem-solving, ongoing, that is, as in ever-continuous, symptom-reduction/-control, or “coping,” skill-sets like those, for example, comprising Cognitive Behavioral, Codependency-based, and other behavioral-monitoring therapies and management devices are not required. They can and do even get in the way of efforts to sustain congruity through complete resolution. ETM TRT SHOM’s thesis asseverates that full (clearly delineated and incrementally sustained) reversal of trauma’s etiology ends the likelihood of behavioral presentations, which include post trauma symptoms, and whether they currently qualify under DSM promulgations as a disorder, or not. Speaking conceptually, metaphorically, and even practically, Behavioral therapy/management and their coping-ordered derivatives are good for air mobile assaults and amphibious landings; ETM TRT SHOM is intended to help us to not have to do those kinds of things in the first place, at least all the time, and particularly as was requred so routinely during the twentieth, and still now at the beginnings of the twenty-first, centuries.

1 “Secular”: Generally speaking, “secular” refers to the use of psychological (Greek version of "soul") as opposed to spiritual (e.g., Hebraic and some Eastern conceptionalizations of the same) variables when attempting to solve problems related to the human consciousness. Sometimes (NOT in ETM), “secular” refers to a policy/philosophy/methodology) that disallows any focus on a God, God, or other supreme Being. In application by ETM, “secular” refers to the first use. Although the primary help in ETM does not come from the application of Conversion, which is one component of a non secular helping remedy, ETM does not preclude the use of that non secular approach in parallel applications.

2 Drug Free: means that the management/therapy-where-required program is applied in non medicated or, again, drug free environs. “Medicated” refers to not just abusive or addictive use to, say for example, Marijuana, alcohol, prescription psychotropic medication, and opiates, but to social, controlled, medicinal, or entertainment use as well. The non-drug use policy attending ETM’s application is not based on moral, religious, addiction-interdiction, systemic prohibition and other behavioral-control rationales, but on the facts related to those both formal and informal medications’ interferences with neuro-molecular learning and unlearning that attends complete resolution, or the cure approach (referenced here as ETM TRT SHOM™), to management of psychological trauma.

3 Strategically structured psychodynamic: This linked phrase represents through summary the differences between ETM TRT SHOM and all other, and particularly psychodynamic-based, Behavioral, Cognitive Behavioral, and Conversion (non secular) social management problem-solving models. Clicking on the link will take you to a detailed explanation of both the phrase's meaning and the referenced differences.

4a Etiotropic/Etiology-Focused: generically refers to problem solving that focuses upon the origin, source, core, or medically speaking, etiology, of a problem or condition. When applied to management and treatment of psychological trauma, “Etiotropic” refers to the focus of problem solving on the identification and reversal of trauma’s etiology ─ i.e., restoration of event-sundered existential identity6. Putting the definition into perspective, “Etiotropic” means the opposite of “Nosotropic,” which in contrast focuses problem solving on thought/behavioral symptomatology.

4b Trauma Etiology, also recognized here as molecular extinction, presents in this epistemology's definition as a neurobiological phenomenon having psychological-to-behavioral consequences. The biology is manifested in synaptic learning theory pertaining to long term potentiation of the synapse (traces) retaining the existential aspects of identity. Imposed change, that is a traumatic event, also manifest in that same substrate as long term depression of the predominating identity-retaining synapse simultaneous with an inhibitation by another synapse (trace) forming the new reality, or also called now decimated or changed original/pretrauma identity. The entire process is called molecular extinction of the synaptic substrate of the referenced and target/attacked identity. And, moving into the Nosotropic aspects of the condition, the morphology is facilitated by the body's HAPA or also termed stress response. It produces the neuromolecular proteins and neurotransmitters (at least Opioid, Noradrenergic, Glutamate systems) to build the new and expanding synaptic base. The change is referenced as synaptic plasticity or morphology. To support that morphology required to augment or otherwise house the new reality created by extinction, the brain engages creation of abstract realities that give cover to and for the ongoing extinction. Those abstractions, which can include denial of the extinction through delusion and so forth, present as thought/behavioral symptoms of the etiology/extinction activity. 

5Ontologically-based: "Human ontology" equates, in general terms, to human essence. So it is in ETM definitional, i.e., specific terms as well, but with some attempt in the presentation of that detail to provide additional clarification to the concept. That is done within its own chapter found here. And, it is necessary in order to strengthen the understanding and remedies against onslaughts upon or into ontology. Summarizing, where human essence/ontology is felt, experienced, understood, known, or intuited as the spirit of a person, in ETM parlance (and without intending to detract from that conceptualization) the description encompasses the neurobiology (to include neuromolecular unlearning and learning) comprising the whole of the organism as it lives and represents itself through its both conscious and unconscious existence, thought, feeling and functioning. Historically, human ontology's configuration has been relegated to and through Greek (psychological), Hebraic or Oriental interpretation (spiritual) of soul or being. A purpose of the use of this term "human ontology" is that the focusing upon this referenced "essence" shifts otherwise error-ridden clinical psychological and social management construences away from more singularly, hard-lined, or myopically focused Behavioral interpretations (that is, we are only what we do and achieve, and which also can be categorized by third-party evaluation) of the human consciousness.    

6 Existential Elements of Identity: Identity configures with lots of elements, thus can receive the same numbers of descriptions and interpretations. Most of them play an important role when Etiotropically addressing trauma etiology. However, existential elements of identity standout as requiring the most focused and assured care response because they retain in the psyche the engineering for continuity of the organism or other entities, like a relationship or multiple ones, e.g., those comprising a family. Without those elements of continuity, ongoingness is lost, and so also sometimes is even the will to survive. So existential elements of identity include retention of such things as value, belief, reality, and image that pertain to or otherwise maintain the continuity core: we need it to continue to exist. Moreover, existential elements of identity provide one of the, say for purposes of emphasis, pylons/foundational-pillers, and also argued here to be core, of the earlier referenced (footnote 5) human ontology.

7Etiotropic Trauma Management: The remedy, therapy, trauma management response, whether individually or systemically applied, directs through ETM TRT SHOM’s strategic and structured application the response to achieve the primary clinical and managerial goal of individual and systemic etiology reversal ─ i.e., restoration of event-sundered existential elements of identity.

8 Nosotropic (Symptom-focused): Problem-solving focuses on the identification and removal or ending of thought/behavioral symptoms emanating from a proposed condition.

9Strategic Human Ontological Management (SHOM): SHOM is a theory and methodology that extends practical applications of Etiotropic Trauma Management (ETM) and Trauma Resolution Therapy (TRT) into a community, particularly one which has defensive (from attack/invasion) responsibilities for a group; for example, nations, states and civilizations. Where ETM TRT is based in several decades of actual application/testing and etc., SHOM (and due to incapacitating illnesses and injuries affecting its authors beginning in the late 1990s) has been created as adjuctive theory and method for achieving its (Etiotropic Management) goals in the broader application. They are published in part here (Author's Message) and more completely here.

10Exogenous Variables in Etiotropic Trauma Management

Exogenous variables refers to those cultural characteristics that influence the resolution or not of trauma. They include medication, other social (controlled) or pathological (uncontrolled) drug/alcohol use, and stringently applied thought/clinical therapy models which may intercede and interfere with the resolution activity referenced herein as TRT. 

The TRT Module Screens For, and Screens Out Exogenous Variables 

The goal of TRT’s application to an individual is to completely resolve that trauma attending a single source. “Complete resolution” is analogized as a “cure” for psychological trauma and its Behaviorally codified manifestation, “PTSD.”  Achievement of that goal depends from the onset on the establishment of a clinical environment which precludes interference by certain exogenous or cultural variables with delivery and thus use of the methodology. In TRT, that environment is called a clinical module. It consist of a set of rules, standards of clinical delivery of the service, and agreements between TRT therapist and patient that when adhered to establish the referenced environment which supports achievement of the noticed goal. Those rules, standards of delivery and agreements preclude: 

  1. 1.parallel application of psychotropic medications and previous applications of the same even though the patient has withdrawn from that use; in the latter instance, a substantial period of time since the use may support TRT’s application in the current period, but not with the expected complete resolution or “cure” level of results.
  2. 2.periodic social drug / alcohol use (not chemical dependency – see “3” next), for example, the patient engages in TRT group on Wednesdays and drinks even only two beers or glasses of wine on every Saturday, and no other alcohol or drug consumption occurs during the week.
  3. 3.co-morbidly occurring issues, such as Bipolar Disorder and Chemical Dependency are not addressed within the module simultaneously with theShould they present parallel or in concert with the source of trauma being addressed or considered at this stage, these additional issues are addressed in separate clinical forums and not in this application of TRT.
  4. 4.non pathological social use is treated herein as an exogenous variable that will preclude reaching the highest completion of resolution (cure) level {see above “2”}; pathological drug / alcohol use is addressed as a primary issue of its own and one of the sources of trauma that should be addressed after the patient attains substantial sobriety within the ETM multiple sources definition and instruction for treatment.
  5. 5.application of TRT for the purpose of controlling or ending symptoms (meaning DON’T do this) rather than for resolving the trauma, that is, reversing the trauma’s etiologies (there are two); do not apply TRT when or if the person is engaged in a rigorous Behavioral control or modification program parallel to TRT’s application.
  6. 6.addressing a traumatic event(s) that occurred before the age of three years (this is not exogenous variable, but a limitation of the therapy; it can, however, possibly and even likely be addressed by TRT if done so within the multiple sources of trauma TRT application guidelines).
  7. 7.traditional application of TRT when a traumatized person is currently being exposed to an ongoing threat to the continuity of life, for example, as is a person who is (currently) living in the role of a battered spouse; specialized - strategic application of TRT is required in order to first protect the person’s life.
  8. 8.psychotropically medicated, social drug / alcohol using, or Chemically Dependent using therapists from attempting to administer TRT.

 11Hysterical: Within ETM TRT SHOM parlance, "hysterical" refers to the creation or adaptation of a continuum of interrelated abstractions (e.g., philosophies or other like attempts to answer "Why" the imposed change — extinction — is occurring.) that are hosted cerebrally and/or in the cortex, and that are intended to assuage actual and prospective trauma-affected discordance in functioning in compliance with the — as different from the location of trauma induced extinction of stored pre trauma elements of identity — narrative/directive/doctrine otherwise previously guiding the targeted/attacked entity's ongoing status: i.e., experience of state of continuity. The conscious adaptations may be temporarily beneficial as apparently much needed healing coping mechanisms, and at the same time paradoxically destructive as blockers of extinction's completion. In this use, "hysterical" doesn't have to be represented by ostensible loss of management control, which in easily recognizable action attends the culminating manifestation, but can be instead at the beginnings of its development the simple adaptation of cliche or the formation of original thought, philosophical in nature, but that always defends the psychology during survival from the onslaught of change to one's, to include where applicable a group's, psycho-basics. I've used this consolidating-of-clinical/management-descriptions approach because, as all TRT clinicians/managers inevitably see, the continuum for the beginnings-to-ending of hysteria occur synonymously with the pertinent professions' ordained culprits of final dissolution: lower level-to-moderate-to-massive denial, confusion-to-disordered-to-chaos of thought, contradiction-to-undermining of conscience, initial shock-to-diminished performance-to-full erosion of the capacity to carry on. They all come from the same start up — intellectual adjustment reaction to trauma etiology — attempts from the first interrogatory to restore the trauma decimated core with loftier philosophical visions promising new, but eventually faux hope: "That the extinction is not occurring."

Linear vs Nonlinear Problem-Solving Applications in
Etiotropic and Competing Trauma Management Paradigms


Behavioral, Cognitive Behavioral, and Rational Cognitive styled therapies and related social management techniques provide examples of linearally influenced — straight line — applications to human problem solving. In this scheme or narrative, "a", if not "the" primary solution for solving thinking related kinds of problems relies primarily upon exposure, that is development by the affected of conscious awareness of the improper functioning. In turn, education through its didatic application in web site activities is applied logically to the most apparently visible variables with the idea that awareness of the malady's behavioral manifestation will remedy the discord, dysruption, failure to act logically or in accordance with the views of those applying the fix.

One example would have it that a target or victim of a traumatic event could be shown that his or her behavior has gone askew following a very difficult event. The remedy would show how to respond to that event's influences more constructively. Control of traditional means of functioning would be restored after the awareness was imparted to or upon the trauma affected person. From interpretation to implementation, the fix is applied over and throughout a straight line of logic: linearally.


Nonlinear means, as it is applied here, that multiple, referring to two or more, processes occur at the same time and may even be presenting as opposites; the thinkings of one entity, either being an individual or system, are evolving out of the expression of intent to achieve goals that are not only not the same, but positioned paradoxically. Achievement of one goal would counter achievement of another perceived as equally important. That prospect would produce a nonlinearally thinking or otherwise functioning entity, individual or systemic. At the same time, the entity is moving in completely different directions where one effort is pitted against the other.

That nonlinear development for a traumatized individual or collective psych epitomizes the problem identification component of the perspective underpinning the Etiotropic approach to trauma management. Hence, the problem solving application is nonlinearally adapted to address the referenced opposites, which otherwise precipiate an apparent division of the psych. From this view, linear remedies, when applied alone, support the division — split in the psychology — by focusing only on one side of the paradox (referring to the born-to-clash opposites) and to the detriment of the other. In linear problem solving, that other is ignored, even excluded from participation in the remedy. In the nonlinear approach, the "other" is equally defined and addressed simultaneously. Because Etiotropic Trauma Management considers and then addresses both elements of the otherwise paradoxically operating phenomenon splitting the psych, or pitting it against itself, ETM functions to the address of that end as both a linear AND nonlinear convention for trauma management. But there is more to that idea.

Historically, before clinical Behaviorism from Victor Pavlov came on to the scene, nonlinear psychic challenges were routinely addressed with psychodynamic-styled remedies like psychoanalysis and, then later at mid century, Person Centered therapies. But psychodynamic models had their problems. Dealing with the unconscious where opposites and their contradictions prevailed didn't just take a while, but were also notorious for lacking in linearly established problem identification, clear cut  establishment of goals, and direct methods for their achievements. That would change, though, beginning in the last quarter of that century. Strategic psychodynamic applications like ETM TRT SHOM provided an approach where the exactness and preciseness qualities attending linear management could be merged with the nonlinear principles formerly used to address "internal processings," i.e., the functionings of the unconscious as it related to dealing with psychic conflict. Nebulous time and lack of remedy direction, not to mention the failure to experience the congruity attending certainty, all negatives formerly attending the nonlinearal-only based psychodynamic approach, could be not just circumvented, but overcome.   

From the ETM TRT SHOM view, psychological trauma can only be partially solved through application of awareness-development, i.e., the otherwise cornerstone of rational cognitive, Cognitive Behavioral, Behavioral Therapy, each being either a derivitive of or adjunct to Behavioral Management techniques. That makes the problem, even, appear incurable. Not so. Instead of just applying awareness-development, the paradoxical manifestation may be addressed strategically through human interaction that allows the division of the entity, whether individually or collectively presenting, to be concluded, and with near or at least a comfortable level of exactness. Hence, ETM TRT SHOM is both a linear  and nonlinear approach to human problem solving when related to matters of psychological trauma.

The internet educational materials and blogs published under the ETM TRT SHOM model accomodate the linear vs nonlinear influences into the presentations.  


The Chirp™ Period

Chirp's Primary Purpose — Convention or Meaning

Before describing Chirp epistemology, its importance to ETM TRT SHOM online education should be considered. That is, its primary purpose of Chirp is to convey the presenter's/author's meaning as accurately as possible. To understand that purpose's relative value, on the one to ten scale, English or, say, Arabic grammar, spelling, paragraph, theme construction and other well formed conventions would rate an eight, and conveying meaning accurately would get the one rating. Morevover, one would be best. Ten would be the worst, or maybe to mean just less important. 

What is Chirp?

"Chirp" denotes the communication change adopted in response to the Internet's influence on expression. Several stages and phases hallmarked the era from early development to its currency, which at the time of this delineation is 2014. Chirp has been in transition, that is transforming itself, since its inception.

Chirp was Originally Comprised out of or from Email's Internetese

Beginning in 1993, Internetese was hallmarked by: anything — any words, any symbols/images — goes when writing in or otherwise sending an electronic note that fit within the screen's inner allotting  frame.

Rules Revolution in Expression

Grammar, spelling, paragraph and theme structure were ignored/absent/incongruous, but at least were turned over to a software for configuration.

Gatekeeper Absconding with the Loot

Races for establishing privately developed technical standards, most used portals, and mass attraction / management made traditional expressions that used to convey full meaning, meaningless. Expression had to fit within the new confines, which then would disappear with the antiquation of the ever changing technology, and sometimes those who owned it.

Frontal Lobe Everything: A New Way of Being

Electronic character restriction first summarized full thought combined with feeling, and then replaced both with fusion into something else not, yet, fully defined. But the development seems, in places, to be a facimille of what used to be termed "kneejerk-like" thought. But that might not be fair, given today's overall standards for being — most everything is short-term.


Statistical interpretation objectified away the fringe, which stunted exploration of both the frivolity of nonsense and depth attending growth through expression of new and even worthwhile ideas.


Benjamin Franklin is said to have stated that freedom of the press was a great thing, for those who could afford one. Now everyone can. So thank God, no matter the challenges brought about by its shortcomings, for the Internet. I always think it's entertaining to watch where it, and in part, we, are going, and thus what we appear as a mass to be becoming, at least for a little while.

Closed Captioned's influences on Chirp Identification, Internet Categorization and Naming 

When watching a streaming movie through one of those services, the closed captions at the bottom of the screen written in the selected language describing peripheral (walking through woods, or an open meadow) content read, even when I couldn't hear the real thing: "Birds chirping." "Crickets chirping." "Insects," and myriad small "bugs," even, "chirping." Every once in a while, emphasizing rarely, a bird will "tweet." It apparently represents a lesser sound element of the otherwise grander whole. Thus, I think the bigger view, the macro, should be symbolized by its actual manifestation. Hence, "Chirp."


Cult Management Principles Tied to Death Clauses
(Applied to these Circumstances)

"Cult" refers, generally speaking in this work, to organizations that exploit their members' individual ontologies for the primary purpose of advancing the overall's political — to include enhancing pecuniary interests — power. Although the term is not applied in these essays, usually, to beat up or otherwise discredit the group referenced as such, it does emphasize as a negative an identifier of collectively administered, doctrinally standardized, stringently conforming, and most probably pathological individual member to correlated public-/masses-management controls. Moreover, they can and often do come with their own systems of logic that get extra external attention when they include into their member psychologically manipulative strictures prospective applications of violence, and even in the extreme for maintenance of that control. For example and among other things, death for apostasy can assure the application of image maintenance controls by and from the collective — zero attrition supports the appearance of near ordination of the whole program, with everybody in it feeling part of the always-thought-to-be-ascending comfort and joy. Death for defamation adds both circumspection and politeness to group interactions. Death for blasphemy strengthens definitional focus on the spirit component, keeping members worshipping the approved words, symbols and philosophical notions which support the program in charge. And, death for psychologically dishonoring one’s family extends cult systemic control management authority for administering overarching organizational principles — everybody watches and attempts constantly to conform everyone else — into that (familial/tribal) core unit. Having said that, those death-based controls are not allowed, in this example application to Islam, in non Islamically managed countries such as those comprising the Anglosphere, and as say where they are so allowed/led in Iran, Sudan or Saudi Arabia. Giving us another perspective, the organization, therein, could certainly be considered non violently cultic in those (Anglosphere or European) vicinities. But if a transnational traveling Muslim, I would be circumspect regarding where I would visit, lest I should find myself subject, all of a sudden, to greater constraints.