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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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Day 16: Researching and Reflecting on Sherry Turkle’s Work

I've been in touch with Sherry Turkle, initially to request an interview.

The pre-eminent scholar on technology and


Right now, she's buried under a pile of dissertations, grading or marking, as we say here in this country, and how well I understand the pressure of that task.

It is backbreaking work. She declined my request most graciously, but surprisingly expressed an interest in this blog.

Sherry Turkle is the pre-eminent...
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Day 15, Part One: Life Happens. It Takes Twice As Long Online…


UPDATE: It is now 4:52 on Monday, June 25. It is Day 15 of my Blogathon. I had planned to continue the discussion I began yesterday, when I arrived home, but I just did and I'm exhausted. I took the bus and the subway. Therefore, I hope you'll accept that this is my post for today. Tomorrow, I'll finish writing Is "Texting Destroying Our Humanity, Part Two."

This has not been a...
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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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Day Nine: Distraction in Cabbagetown…

Although I do not have any clinically diagnosed anxiety disorder, I live with anxiety all the time. It's my default mode, part of my emotionally sensitive complexion.

Today is one of those days.

Something's going to

Not here. Not to me directly. I'm worried about it and I won't even be here to worry about it.

My anxiety and I will be traveling around downtown on the TTC again in the sweltering...
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Day Six: Ripping Out My Knitting…

I had another blog post planned for you today, but it will have to wait.

This one is about knitting. Ripping out knitting, actually. Thus far, I have encountered relatively few problems with my knitting and crocheting, but today was different.

Today, it was knitting Hell in this

Ninety-nine percent of the time, I adore knitting. It's a reliable self-soothing activity. Delightfully portable. I knit in the car. On the bus. On the subway. Whilst awaiting appointments.

Usually I...
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6 Ways To Bounce Back From Unemployment Stress

Stress can't begin to describe how it feels to cope with being unemployed.

In today's economy, with soaring unemployment rates, cut-backs, massive lay-offs and a consumerist culture shouts "buy, buy, buy," it's devastating to be jobless.

Furthermore, our cultural values are out of sync – how we value ourselves and our mental and emotional health versus the value of work, money and "stuff."

(Ironically, volunteer work builds self-esteem more than a huge salary...
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Is Neurotic The New Normal?

Maybe there's hope for

In today's New York Times, the lead article in the Sunday Review is titled Where Have All the Neurotics Gone? by health reporter Benedict Carey.

Where are neurotics today?

It seems they've become a thing of the past. An old, dying breed. According to Carey,
"For a generation of postwar middle-class Americans, being neurotic meant something more than being merely anxious, and something other than exhibiting the hysteria or other disabling...
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