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Making News by Speaking Out…

Yesterday, a speech I made about fighting discrimination and prejudice against people with mental illnesses through changing the way we use language made the evening news and that's why I'm back.

I've missed you and for months I've felt guilty about not being here. I've even avoided .

Here's why:

In April, my darling dog Riley died after a four month fight with kidney cancer. He never suffered, but...
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Day 14: Texting Away Our Humanity, Part One…

Today, I'm still pretty tired. Feeling "written out." Exhausted.

Overwhelmed by my commitment to blog for 31 days straight. I have another 17 days to go. (Eeeeeek!)

For some reason I cannot manage to get a few posts written and "in the can" so I can rest a bit. And breathe. But this might be that post.

Ideas are still flooding into my head


For example, I had considered posting about the heinous bullying of Karen...
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Day 11: How My Dogs Keep Me Sane, Part Two…


The most wondrous thing about my dogs is their innate "cuddle-ability."

Riley and Lucy love nothing more than to be held and petted. They beg for it. And who can resist a face like Riley's?

My dogs have "cuddle-ability"...


This is a Dandie Dinmont Terrier trait. They so love to cuddle that at all our Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of Canada public events we have a special "Cuddling Parlour" where anyone can sit down...
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Day Three: The Language of Respect…

Language and mental health/psychiatric illnesses/conditions/diagnoses/challenges/differences ~ labels ~ are hot button, triggering issues for me.

They drive me crazy and feed into our collective consciousness, our prejudices and discrimination. Our negative stereotypes. Our sick public discourse.

Language is political and words

It's time to stop and think about the words we use. To heal that discourse. I'm hypersensitive to language. So, first, let us consider the seemingly innocuous little article "the"...

It sounds innocent enough, but not always....
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Day Two: The Toxic Word ~ “Stigma” ~ Ban it!

I detest the word "stigma." It makes my skin crawl because no one takes personal responsibility for it. I hate the way it sounds. I hate to even say it.

I prefer calling it the "S" word, but nobody knows what I mean because "stigma" is so ubiquitous and so convenient.

Do you know what  it means? Discrimination and Prejudice.

Add two more words to that definition: Fear and Ignorance. Negative Stereotyping. Unnecessary Barriers.

Get the picture?

There is...
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A Very, Very, Very Difficult Child …

I wasn't there.

I cannot attest to the factual accuracy of what I'm about to share with you.

But according to a very close relative with whom I visited this weekend, I was given "everything" ~ all the love and attention in the world ~ but "there was something wrong with me."

"From birth," the relative pronounced with profound authority, "you were a very, very, very difficult child in every possible way."

That is one truth. But...
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Understanding My Eating Disorder + Some Surprises: Day 31…

You may be wondering where I've been since November 30 ~ Day Three ~ of my outpatient eating disorder treatment program.

Read the comments to that last post. You'll see some of my progress.

Since then a few things

I snapped the picture you see, this morning. It's a tight shot of my right hand.

Note the discolouration on my thumb. Not dirt. It's a bruise, black and blue.



I am very right-handed...
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Kids, Mental Health and Blindness…

This afternoon I met with the service manager of the Canadian National Institute of the Blind ~ the CNIB.

Kids with mental illnesses and visual

She and a group of teachers, parents and professionals working with blind or visually-impaired kids had asked me to speak at an annual conference ~ about mental health

A New

Admittedly, I have never spoken or facilitated any kind of workshop on...
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The Cherry Grove State-of-Mind, Part 2…


Since Hurricane Irene visited New

I am relieved to report that Cherry Grove is still there, but the phone lines are bad and my cousins are busy moving back to Manhattan. I have no other details.

As I was

It's hard to explain how I felt when I first visited Cherry Grove 15 years ago.

Then I found this charming graphic by Fire Island resident and artist Susan Ann Thornton titled "Fire...
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