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More on “Emotional Health,” Part Two…

Musing  a bit on

Actually, the words "mad" and "madness" are quite commonly and innocently used in England.

Just here, in North America, there's an aversion to it.

It's time we reclaimed them, as gays and blacks have reclaimed the words that accurately describe them.

Frankly, I love the term. I love the fact that all of Shakespeare's "fools" and "jesters" ~ often considered "mad" ~ were the only characters in his canon to speak the truth.

"Manic Depression"...
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More on “Emotional Health” ~ Part One…

A reader, who is very upset with my use of the term "emotional health," wants to stop reading this blog and leave our community here at Coming Out Crazy.

I see "emotions" and "moods" as

That's where we differ. I am not my diagnosis. That the first thing. I am me. My mood disorder is unlike anyone else's, despite a similar label. Oh, how I detest labels, but "emotional" is no label. It's a reality...
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Life Offline ~ News from 1988…

I haven't posted in ages. The reason is simple.

Since March 9, we have had no Internet access at all.

We've been living back in the 1980s. With only our landline telephones and my iPhone. Totally cut off from the world. Disconnected.

I was apoplectic, overwrought, frantic ...

Marty didn't suffer, but I was apoplectic. I have no phone book. How do you order things without a computer? Books, for instance. I couldn't decide what to wear...
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Emotional Health and “Happynomics”

Today, my friend, blogger and former babysitter Ruth Zaryski Jackson sent me Roger Cohen's column in today's Sunday New York Times titled The Happynomics of Life. Fascinating piece.

He opined about The Brits and their approach or lack thereof to our so-called happiness industry.

Ruth's email was no

Yesterday morning, we sat next to each other at the monthly meeting of the Writers' Community of Durham Region,...
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Out of Sight ~ But Not Entirely Out of Mind…

Last week, I made three brand new, utterly different speeches in three days to three diverse audiences in two Canadian provinces. The first in Toronto, Ontario. Then I flew to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. And back to Toronto.

As the crow flies, if it flies straight, Charlottetown is 1,315 kilometres or 818 miles east of Toronto. More than two hours by plane.

Quite a trip for one speech ~ in the middle of

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