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Knitting Circles

Hello, again. It's been a long time.

I thought I was finished with this blog and with "Coming Out Crazy." I thought I had turned the page on my mental illness, since I'm so stable. I really never think about it that much, other than when I take my medication, along with the many more pills I take to keep my transplanted kidney stable or at my occasional "oil checks" with my psychiatrist, Dr....
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Branding Psychotherapy: A New Quick Fix

In this morning's New York Times magazine, former journalist Lori Gottlieb wrote a feature titled The Branding Cure, My so-called career as a therapist, about the dying practice of psychotherapy. As a newly minted psychotherapist, she sat in her empty office awaiting patients to flock to her door for her help. They neither flocked nor walked. They stayed away in droves.

No more traditional psychotherapy?


In an effort to find...
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bipolar

Thanksgiving In The Great White North

Okay. It's not white and snowy up here yet, but if you're beneath the 49th parallel, Canada is definitely north and in many ways, great.

For one thing, today is Canadian Thanksgiving, a national holiday that always corresponds to your Columbus Day, and a great season for thanksgiving, too. Harvest Time.

All over my neighbourhood, walking my two Dandie Dinmont Terriers today, I've encountered people harvesting or clearing out their gardens, a...
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anxiety

7 Reasons Why Working Heals…

I'm not dead. I'm still here. I'm not "away" in a mental hospital. I'm not manic and flying.

You may have thought that and I wouldn't blame you.

Quite the contrary – I'm thriving on


Work is the greatest therapy of all. Here's why:

Work gives you a sense of purpose and we all need to feel purposeful and useful.
It gives you a reason to get up in the morning, get dressed and get...
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eating disorders

Military Structure Helps Challenged Teen Boys Succeed – Part One

Brass buttons were bursting with pride at last month's 33rd annual Robert Land Academy graduation ceremony.

Another class of mature, respectful, goal-oriented and successful young men completed their high school education at Canada's only military-style boarding school for adolescent boys, some as young as 11 years of age.

School Stresses Academic Excellence


Nestled in southern Ontario's Niagara Peninsula, these boys flourish in a school environment unlike any they've...
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communication

Day 17: An Affectionate Nod To The Late Nora Ephron…

In front of me I've placed two dog-eared, yellowing paperbacks from my library. I've kept them for years.

Wallflower at the Orgy and Crazy Salad (first editions) both by magnificently multi-talented, versatile, prolific and relentlessly funny Nora Ephron.

Ephron died yesterday of "pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukaemia," her son Jacob Bernstein told the New York Times in today's edition.

No one is


But somehow, I always believed
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bipolar

Day 13: Resisting Burnout

I'm very tired. Blogged out. My blog posts are not up to scratch, in my opinion.

I know because you're not commenting and a blog is a community. Without you, where's our community?

So this little post is simply an update to let you know that I'm not going to spend hours posting today.

Today's a "mental health day"


During my 30-year career writing for a daily newspaper, for radio and for magazines,...
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General

Day 12: A Footnote About My Dogs and My Sanity…

My Dandie Dinmonts are a rare and endangered breed. Only 200, if that, are born world-wide each year.

That's why I'm so passionate about this breed


Dandies have tiny and fragile litters. Usually only two or three puppies. One of Lucy's litters was a singleton. The only litter Riley has ever sired was four puppies, but one of them died.

Dandies, with their distinctive white topknots, black button...
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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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