Hey, Baby! Today is the highly productive, Tuesday after Labor Day. It also marks five years since I was released from the psychiatric ward after treatment for a manic episode. It wasn't the first time, but hopefully it will be the last. I've accomplished a lot since then but I'm most pleased with maintaining my [...]
I hesitate to write about how I'm feeling during quarantine. I want so badly to be positive and upbeat, bordering on Pollyanna-ish, but my outlook is being tested as of late. Work on editing my memoir has settled into the doldrums. It's not for lack of material. It feels like I'm in mile twenty-four of [...]
Absolutely nothing is as we expected it this year, including Mother’s Day. My daughter and grandson had to play “Ding Dong Ditch” when they delivered the card and beautiful flowers shown above. Sure, we could’ve broken the stay at home orders currently in place but I’d rather have these gifts than an accidental case of [...]
Here’s what I posted as a guest blogger on http://thebipolarwriter.blog earlier today. Enjoy!
Friendship doesn’t come naturally for me. Add a mental health diagnosis and it’s downright fraught. I tend to treat friend making like double Dutch jump rope. I watch some girls jump in, dance around and jump out. I watch for a really long time. Then I finally feel the beat, take the risk and make my move. I end up thwapped in the arm and the ropes are down around my ankles. It’s harder than it looks, apparently.
I’m the intense friend. I put a lot of effort into guessing how other people do it, this friendship thing. I crave connection and yet seem to thwart my objectives by over or under doing it. I’m enthusiastic and have a tendency to overshare. Or I anticipate rejection and clam up, revealing nothing. Where are the instructions for the middle ground?
During this pandemic, I’ve turned into the anxiety ridden friend. I…
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Photo by Kaboompics .com on Pexels.com This morning, unless something goes awry, I'll be debuting as a guest contributor on another blog. I've joined a team collaborating to write about mental health issues on the blog, The Bipolar Writer Mental Health Blog. I want to thank James Edgar Skye for extending the invitation. I'll be [...]
Photo by Everton Vila on Unsplash I'm doing the best I can with the current situation. Certain elements are easier than others. Reading, cooking, staying home for days at a time, meditating, exercising...ah, hold up. Physical exertion and I are not close pals. In kindergarten, I argued with my teacher when she asked us all to perform calisthenics. [...]
The world has stopped turning...inside my head It's supposed to snow in Minneapolis for Easter. Normally, that would concern me. Not this year. The vertigo that has plagued me for two weeks has finally subsided. It was an amazing series of events leading to the successful treatment I received. I mentioned it in this space [...]
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com All things remaining relative, of course. I don't currently hold a paid position. I've recently returned to my sanctuary after a long hiatus. My intention is to resume my meditation practice, get in touch with the Universe and lower my stress level. If I happen to shed a few pounds [...]
Relax Hello friends. It's been twenty-two days since my last post. Things have changed. Like me, you are most likely confined to your home and the forced vacation feels nothing like fun. For obvious reasons, I don't like to use phrases such as, "driving me crazy" or even "stir-crazy." There is a distinction between what [...]
Guaranteed Yes, things look dim right now. Like Annie, I'm looking forward to tomorrow and the sun coming up. I'll be heading home. I've been marooned in San Antonio with four thousand brave souls who didn't cancel their plans to attend the AWP conference. Two-thirds of the attendees and a bigger percentage of the panelists [...]