Things Are Ok

April 1, 2012 2 comments

Boy, it didn’t take long for me to start neglecting this blog. I had hoped to update it about once a week, but as you can see, that has not been happening. Perhaps the main reason I haven’t been posting is that I haven’t felt depressed much lately. I’ve been feeling well enough to spend my time living, I suppose, rather than writing about the depression that keeps me from living. Read more…

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It’s My Turn

March 18, 2012 Leave a comment

I’d like to draw your attention to something. It’s My Turn is a project initiated by a brave young man named Mark Andrew Alward. Its purpose is “to give those of us who live with mental illness an opportunity to tell our stories, to know that we are NOT alone, and to reduce the shame or stigma surrounding mental illness”. Check out the growing number of people who have joined the It’s My Turn movement by posting videos on YouTube, taking their turn to tell their story. When you feel ready, you can take your turn.

Be good to each other.

J

Belated Book List for 2011

February 23, 2012 1 comment

It’s taken me a long time to get this post together, but better late than never. One of the things I keep track of each year is the books I’ve read. Doing this every year gives me a time line of my personal development, and allows me to look back and see when it was that I read a particular book.

The past year and a half has been difficult, and one of the ways I’ve dealt with that is by reading books that help me understand what’s happening and learn to respond differently to some of the challenges in life. A major theme of last year was a painful relationship breakup that happened in September of 2010. So, my reading since then has been dominated by self-help books. Below are a few words about each book. I invite you to seek out and read any of these books that speak to you. Read more…

On Being a Loner

February 20, 2012 2 comments

Today is Family Day in certain provinces in Canada. It’s a day off work and a long weekend for many working people. I suppose the expectation is for people to spend the extra free time with their families. What if you don’t have a family? Read more…

Happy Anniversary

January 31, 2012 2 comments

Do you remember anniversaries? Are there significant dates from your past that you remember every year, whether you want to or not? This morning I realized that today is the anniversary of my first date with my last girlfriend. We have long since broken up, but it will always be an important relationship to me. It doesn’t take much to get me reminiscing about the relationship, and this anniversary is definitely doing it. Read more…

Out with the Old, in with the New

January 13, 2012 3 comments

Finally, I have the time and motivation to write. I worked through most of the holidays, and went away to visit family for New Year’s. Last week was busy, as life returned to normal after the holidays. My goal now is to make “normal” different from what it was last year. Read more…

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Favourite Childhood Christmas Memories

December 25, 2011 1 comment

combing the Eatons and Simpsons-Sears catalogs and making our Christmas wish lists

the arrival of parcels of gifts ordered from mail-order catalogs

searching the house for hidden gifts

going with Dad to cut a Christmas tree from the woods on our farm

decorating the Christmas tree with ornaments we kids had made—construction paper chains, sealer rings wrapped in tin foil, bells made from egg cartons—plus tinsel, glass balls, and when we were older, strings of electric lights

strings of Christmas cards hanging in the living room

watching Frosty the Snowman, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and A Charlie Brown Christmas on TV in the days leading up to Christmas

a woman at church singing O Holy Night

trying to stay awake long enough to see Santa

a mountain of gifts under the tree

hand-knitted slippers and mittens, dark grey with red trim

candy canes

the whole family opening gifts together, with “thank you”s criss-crossing the room

Mom watching the Queen’s Message on TV

Mom making rice crispy squares with red and green maraschino cherries

stealing maraschino cherries from the fridge

posing for family photos

my father’s Aunt Annie staying with us for Christmas and making the stuffing

playing hockey outside over the holidays

stuffing myself with turkey and cranberry sauce—and more turkey and more cranberry sauce, etc.

sitting in the dark livingroom enjoying the lit Christmas tree

What are your favourite childhood Christmas memories?

Have a merry Christmas and happy New Year, everyone!

J

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