Category Archives: how to help

My Cloud

The question usually comes from good friends, at a time when I am struggling. They want to know how to help me the most. What is it like to have a psychiatric diagnosis? It’s like there is a dark cloud … Continue reading

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Make Your Move…

I had to think about it.  For a while. Since I don’t have cable, I didn’t watch the Golden Globe awards in real time last Sunday night.  But several of my friends sent me the video of Meryl Steep’s speech … Continue reading

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Lightning and A Lightning Bug

Words have always been extremely important to me.  Well, the right ones, anyway.  Mark Twain said it best when he said: “The difference between the right word and almost the right word is like the difference between lightning and a … Continue reading

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I Want to be Engaged…

I wish I could take credit for the concept, but I can’t.  A few weeks ago I was reading a blog post that had gone viral, and the sentiment settled close to my heart. In January of 2016, Corinne Rogero … Continue reading

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Try Kissing Your Elbow…

There are some things in life that are simply impossible.  Kissing your elbow.  Raising only one eyebrow.  Sneezing with your eyes open.  Try any of them, I double dog dare you.  Chances are you will discover they cannot be done. … Continue reading

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Good Caregivers Rock! Bad Caregivers…

Once again, I am earnestly looking for compassionate, reliable caregivers these days.  Sometimes I would be uncomfortable hiring people that I interview.  Sometimes I offer the job to people and get turned down.  That is all par for the course. … Continue reading

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I Won’t Stand For It!

To The Staff in the Office Where I Had An Appointment Last Week: I won’t stand for it. I saw the look in each of your eyes as soon as I entered the office. The look of fear mixed with … Continue reading

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