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Living with Mental Illness and Surviving Suicide – One Mother’s Story

Living with Mental Illness and Surviving Suicide – One Mother’s Story

Leaving the Hall Light On  A Mother’s Memoir of Living with Her Son’s Bipolar Disorder and Surviving His Suicide is the powerful, heart wrenching story of one women’s journey through 17 years of heartbreak and struggle. It is a story of strength and courage, creative genius and despair. Madeline shares her confusion and anger, her hope and disappointment as she recounts the events that led to her son’s ultimate suicide, and along the way the reader has an up close and personal introduction to this debilitating disease and its affect on a family. I came away from this book with a new depth of understanding and compassion for all who are and have been touched by serious mental illness. It’s message has lingered long after the initial reading. It will...
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I Honor You Robin Williams

I Honor You Robin Williams

  Creativity yearns and churns, Stretches and aches, bogged down by the relentless nagging, driven by the ardent and fierce tingles of sinuous standings.   Almost unbidden, in a moment of neglect, it erupts and breaks free bursting forth in weightlessness, Sucking in the  lifeblood of release to dance wildly across a kaleidoscopic field of endless imaginings.   Until, abruptly, without warning, the vat of endless energy lies empty, spent, gone, leaving only a repugnant void where boundless possibility once lived.   A vacuum remains. A deafening silence. Nothingness. The pot is stirred. Nothing. Then Despair and the churning begins. The questions. The doubts. The push of the whys, the hows, the wherefores, the if onlys, bathed in the foaming, frothing, noxious weight of self-incrimination, the debris field of stunning incompletion.  ...
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Spaces

Spaces

I began to think about “spaces” this morning after reading a post by Laurie, one of my favorite bloggers. She is blessed with an abundance of courage and enthusiasm for life. She and her husband recently picked up and moved from the Midwest to Boise, ID. This is a popular and growing trend among boomer retirees. Laurie continues to entertain her followers with her adventures and today she announced that she has a new temporary home in Boise, in a lovely carriage house. Her enthusiasm was palpable but it carried with something ore than simply living in an interesting place. The “something more” was captured in these words: “My writing space is phenomenal!….this gorgeous view has triggered a spurt of fiction writing.”  There is something powerful about spaces, both the...
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I Choose to Inhabit My Days

I Choose to Inhabit My Days

  I was swept away by this poem, posted on a blog I follow called Soul Gatherings. I, like Theresa, have a love of quotes and words strung beautifully together such as Dawna Markova’s poem. For me, words at their best create a symbolic tapestry that calls to our heart, tugs on our spirit and puts voice to our deepest yearnings.  Today, I want to share Markova’s word painting with you, to extend her heart awakening opportunity a little further.  I purchased one today myself as I have not yet had the good fortune of reading the. I look forward to finding out where she will take me. Perhaps you will do the same.
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Room for Silence

Room for Silence

Spending time in silence each day has become an essential part of my life in recent years. As a young person I valued the idea and practice of quiet meditation, though I was seldom able to do so in...
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Meditation Prayer on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh

Meditation Prayer on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh May I be peaceful, happy and light in body and spirit. May I be free from injury.  May I live in safety. May I be free from disturbance, fear, anxiety and worry....
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Developing A Mindfulness Practice

Developing A Mindfulness Practice

Until recent years, our western culture has been driven by thought processes that are nearly the antithesis of the practice of mindfulness.  Our generation, in particular, was taught at a very early age to think ahead, to plan, to...
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Quotable Musicians

Quotable Musicians

◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ “A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.” - \ Madonna   ♦ ♦ ♦ “Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your...
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The Gift of Presence

The Gift of Presence

As I was driving home a few hours ago from an early morning appointment, I encountered an interesting sight. In the past when I traveled to this destination I took the highway, about thirty minutes each way. In recent...
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Books Worth Reading

Living with Mental Illness and Surviving Suicide – One Mother’s Story

Living with Mental Illness and Surviving Suicide – One Mother’s Story

Leaving the Hall Light On  A Mother’s Memoir of Living with Her Son’s Bipolar Disorder and Surviving His Suicide is the powerful, heart wrenching story of one women’s journey through 17 years of heartbreak and struggle. It is a story of strength and courage, creative genius and despair. Madeline shares her confusion and anger, her hope and...

I Choose to Inhabit My Days

I Choose to Inhabit My Days

  I was swept away by this poem, posted on a blog I follow called Soul Gatherings. I, like Theresa, have a love of quotes and words strung beautifully together such as Dawna Markova’s poem. For me, words at their best create a symbolic tapestry that calls to our heart, tugs on our spirit and puts voice...

FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS for BOOMER MEN

FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS for BOOMER MEN

Father’s Day is just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to start thinking about a special gift for the fathers in your life. My husband and I both loved the these two books. Light, but thought provoking, they are perfect summer reading for the midlife male. Summer Reads for Boomer Men LIFE AT 12...

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