Friday, October 31, 2008

Upcoming Movie Addresses Schizophrenia

I love good movies. Imagine how excited I was to read about one with great promise today at NAMI. See the article here.

The trailer is very moving, and brought me to tears. See it here.

There are good things on the move in this world.

Photo from IMDb.


Metamorphosis from Glenn Marshall on Vimeo.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Something to Think About

The Perception of Doors
Originally uploaded by inkswamp

Thank you to inkswamp for sharing this photograph on Flickr.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Weight Gain and Meds

I found this article, "Preventing and Reversing Weight Gain Associated with Psychiatric Medications," helpful. Perhaps you will, too.

(Found today at Bipolar Beat.)

Ten Minutes to Warm Your Heart

Thank you to Soule Mama for pointing me in the direction of Amy Krause Rosenthal and these heartwarming videos.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Ballerina's Feet

A ballerina's feet
Originally uploaded by dsorine

The dance of life:

Three steps forward
Two steps back


Paradoxical result: beauty

Thank you to dsorine for sharing this photograph on Flickr.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Change Can be Good

Trader Joes comes to Charlotte
Originally uploaded by kyletait

I went to the grocery store.
By myself.
Just me.

Something is definitely different.

Thank you to kyletait for the picture.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Burning Warmth of Beauty

Originally uploaded by _ØяAcLә_

How is it that an encounter with beauty can engender pain and joy at the same time?

This essay, "My Mother's Gift," was posted today at "Mackin Ink" I wept as I read it, but with a poignant joy all the same. It is so beautiful. Read it here.

Thank you to this photographer for "The Eternal Flame."

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Fog is Lifting

I'm chugging along, and the fog is lifting. Being creative helps a lot. Having others share their creative works helps a lot, too.

Thank you to Joseph Allan for the picture.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Call of the Raven (formerly Nature's Special Effects)
Originally uploaded by Walkabout Wolf

Today I am:


But I am grateful, too.

Thank you, family, friends, God, for giving me so much to be grateful about.

Thank you to Walkabout Wolf for this picture from the Snoqualmie National Forest here in Washington State.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Blessing of Human Touch

Afraid to Touch
Originally uploaded by Planet Love

There is a beautiful essay posted today at C Jane Enjoy It regarding the gift of human touch.

The above photograph is by Planet Love on Flickr. If you are up to a sad story, click on it to read more about little Marcel of Romania, who has not received the gift of touch.

Friday, October 3, 2008

A Permanent Condition?

diamonds are 4ever, but they make me cry
Originally uploaded by bye bye オモイデ

Thank you to bye-bye-omoide for sharing this picture on Flickr.

I am in that place where I try to decide if it is better to fight my illness or to submit to it and just adjust. I look back over this blog, and see the many times I thought that healing was beginning, when it wasn't. Small improvements have come, but much remains the same as when this all began.

I am reminded of this passage from Mosiah 24:

14 And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.
15 And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.

These people were promised deliverance, and it came to them, in time. I know that deliverance will come to me, as well. I just don't know when, or if it will be in this life, or the next.

In the mean time, I do my best to "submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord."

It seems strange to talk about being cheerful when my problem is unrelenting depression, but, somehow, it resonates. In the area of trusting in the wisdom of the Lord in all of this, I do, somehow, feel a measure of good cheer.

I believe that, when all is said and done, this is a time to submit and keep on pressing forward in spite of burdens. The Lord is, indeed, doing great things to make my burdens lighter, through a loving family most of all. Even though these present burdens are not yet removed from my shoulders, He is sustaining me.

I feel His love and approval every day, and that makes all the difference.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


I always feel encouraged when I start organizing. It seems that it may be a sign of improvement. Today, it was the medicine cabinet.