Friday, July 25, 2014


With the name Swartzendruber, many of my students will address me as Dr. S. and a few will use Dr. Doug.  Both are OK with me, but I am not one who will accept the growing practice of referring to professors by their first name - I am too old school I guess.  Besides, I am not their peer - they can call me Doug after they get their doctoral degrees :-)

But, this post is not about me, but rather about the REAL DR. DOUG.

On a recent trip to Big Bend Country, we stopped by to hang out on the Terlingua Ghost Town Porch where Dr. Doug often holds 'office hours.'  We grabbed a beer and headed to the porch, and as our good fortune would have it, the Doctor was in.  There were two guys playing guitar and singing, a fellow from Missouri on a Harley road trip, and a couple of other locals - plus the four of us.  It was 104 in the shade, but we spent some time listening to the music and the wisdom being dispensed. 

Be sure to go to Dr. Doug's Web Page here, and browse around - entertaining.  As his sub-title states, "Dr. Doug's Mental Health Clinic - Guided Group Therapy on the Terlingua Ghost Town Porch."  And I guess this pretty his mission statement: 

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!

The Two Dr. Dougs


Anna Montgomery said...

Love it. There should be a doctor like this on every street corner!

DES said...

Right on Anna!

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend. I do believe that Rachel is psyched to see the Crew.

Steve Heller said...

My wife loves Big Bend and wants to vacation there sometime. Will have to tell he about Dr. Doug in Terlingua. Thanks for the tip!

Steve Heller said...


DES said...

Cousin Steve - I think that Blogger figures a name like Heller has to be spam! :-) So I 'liberated' your comments. I would suspect that cousin Cathy would be most happy to play host if you plan a visit to the Big Bend area. I am working on my Alpine Texas post, and hope to have it up here soon.