Category Archives: Mental illness/civil rights

Cabin fever in Tucson

Yeah, poor me. I’ve escaped from Downeast Maine ice storms, snow piled so high I couldn’t open my garage door. Thirty years ago I was a commercial for Mt. Desert Island — expounding on its beauty to anyone who would … Continue reading

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I’m happy

Everybody’s talking about happiness, even doing research on it. The New York Times jumped onto the happywagon today, looking at studies over four decades. Duh. Faith, family, community and work matter most. Believing in something such as the magical beauty … Continue reading

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Almost there…Our Place Clubhouse writers step forth!

Are excitement and anxiety flip sides of the same coin? How come I started waking up at 5:30 a.m. this week? What yummy appetizers will Orlando, Autumn and their crew at Cafe 54 prepare for the OFFICIAL BOOK LAUNCH of … Continue reading

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From regret to revolution

Reducing the stigma of mental illness should be the next civil rights movement. I’ve always been fascinated by “diseases of the brain,” as some of the writers at my Our Place Clubhouse writing workshop call mental illness. From the early … Continue reading

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Coffeeeeed up and/or how my brain works

“I’m going to Occupy Wall Street in New York,” I blurted as the cheerful guy at the coffee drive-thru handed me my glass of iced buzz. But it’s not just coffee that gets me going. “Are you leaving now?” he … Continue reading

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De-stigmatizing mental illness

I used to be afraid of going crazy. There’s serious mental illness in my family, which I won’t discuss because I can only out myself. I’ve lived through the Women’s Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, and now the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Revolution. … Continue reading

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