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October 12, 2020
The SELFLESSNESS Of Suicide

A dear friend of mine chose to end his life recently. He was 33 and beautiful. Sweet, funny. Silly. Even when he was driving me crazy, he’d make me laugh. You never knew what was going to come out of his mouth and sometimes it was so inappropriate all I could do was wipe the […]

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February 4, 2020
Body Kindness Sends Me Back To Therapy

If you read one of my recent posts, I had planned to start doing what I’ve been told to do. I had decided to take all that excellent professional advice instead of finding excuses and continuing to whine. I had planned to work through Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN.  I bought the book. I […]

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September 2, 2019
How Kindness Can Cause Terrible Sorrow: Watching My Mother Die – Part 2

I wrote last time about the selfishly aborted shopping trip the day before my mother fell and broke her hip. She died less than a week later. On Sunday we were told she would not survive this fall and “if people wanted to come say goodbye, now was the time.” One of my jobs was […]

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August 5, 2019
The Aborted Kohl's Excursion: Watching My Mother Die – Part 1

My mother died five days ago at 6:15 AM. She’d fallen the week before and broken her hip. We knew the time was short and her passing was a sad relief. She died at home and pain free (thanks to morphine and the wonderful hospice caregivers). I stood on one side, my father on the […]

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December 17, 2018
Dropping the Pain

“Memories begin to creep forward from hidden corners of your mind. Passing disappointments. Lost chances, and lost causes. Heartbreaks and pain and desolate, horrible loneliness. Sorrows you thought long forgotten mingle with still-fresh wounds. The stone [of memories] feels heavier in your hand. [But] When you drop it … you feel lighter. As though you […]

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October 22, 2018
Split Personalities (A DBT Concept)

I tried to determine the best way to describe the Wise Mind concept from Marsha Linehan’s DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) mode. This particular treatment/coping modality has been the most helpful to me. Ms. Linehan has developed many tools to help someone like me calm myself and make rational decisions. Over the next several weeks, I […]

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October 8, 2018
Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back (and a comment from the husband)

The last two posts I have shared with you a problem that occurred while vacationing in paradise with my family (husband, daughter, son and future daughter-in-law). Basically, I got my feelings hurt in three ways (having breakfast alone every morning, my children not reading my novel, and my family playing without me). I used Tara […]

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September 24, 2018
“R.A.I.N”ing In Paradise: Part 2

Last week, I wrote about hurt feelings turning to anger while I sat in a paradise. I walked through the R.A.I.N process and stopped when I got to I[nvestigate]. In order to investigate, I had to ask myself: What am I believing about myself? How is this situation feeding my story? That sounds easy but […]

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September 17, 2018
Unhappy In Paradise: let it R.A.I.N.

Seventy-five degrees. Swaying palm trees. Heaven. Paradise. Free food, free drinks and even pool boys to deliver. Warm blue water. Paradise. Heaven. It’s 7:15AM and there I sat. The sunrise filtered through the trees and reflected off the pure white sand. The night before, my entire family laughed and teased and simply enjoyed each other. […]

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June 4, 2018
Hypomania: My Own Private Party An Aspect of Being Bi-Polar

Many of you have never heard of hypomania. I thought the best way to explain hypomania is with a drawing. [insert my roller coaster drawing] Notice that hypomania is not quite manic. (hypo = under/below) The Party of One and Others I’ve mentioned in other blogs the concept of “others”. Basically others are those elements […]

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    In April 2012 I had a mental breakdown. The real thing. I have about 36 hours that I don’t remember....

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