After several fun years of blogging and several months of deliberating whether to continue or not I have decided to close this blog.
I am turning my attention to other writing projects. I have novel number two waiting for me to continue in a trilogy that I have begun.
If you are reading this blog for the first time, I hope you will stay for awhile and read some of the posts with encouraging ideas about handling depression. It is not a hopeless condition, it only ‘seems’ hopeless.
If you have been a regular reader, thank you for dropping by. Hang in there. Handling depression is hard work, but becomes a bit better when handled well.
Don’t give up, I’m praying for you!
The clue is in the picture. See the peanuts?
Do you now know what bluejays and squirrels have in common?
If you guessed that they both love peanuts, you are right! And…they are both stashers, that’s right, stashers.
It is fall in Ontario and one of the noisiest birds left in our yard is the blue jay. They are just as noisy as crows. By the way, did you know that they are in the same family? Crows are the ugly cousins I guess, blue jays the finer dressed but equally as noisy.
The most movement in our back yard comes from the falling leaves, the squirrels and the blue jays. I just don’t remember noticing how busy blue jays were at this time of year before. Have I missed this all of these years?
I found an oak tree growing in my garden. When I pulled it out there was an acorn attached to it.
Could that acorn have been stashed by a blue jay?
Can we thank the beautiful blue jay for propagating the mighty oak tree?
SMALL THINGS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE! Read the rest of this entry »
If you read this blog regularly, you know I am a walker. Almost every day that I can, I will walk anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. I consider it the most important part of my depression management strategy as well as the most enjoyable part.
We live out in the country and so I don’t see many people on my walks but I do see the occasional wildlife. When I started seeing bears, I switched my walks to the town closest to us. That turned out to be the best thing ever.
Now I see people every day on my walks which is good for me since I tend to isolate myself due to depression . The conversations are usually short which is sometimes all I can manage. But the meetings are pleasant nonetheless and I am so glad that I switched to town walking instead of my lonely country road.
I guess then that I am glad that a few years ago I spotted bears, which, even though that was scary, it led me to my pleasant town walks.
So was the bear spotting serendipitous, or coincidence or was it God? Read the rest of this entry »
Everyone wanted to interview Rick Warren when he came out with his book ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ with the subtitle ‘what on earth am I here for?’ Even Oprah.
Have you heard this wonderful story before?
The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved. – adapted from the Star Thrower by Loren C. Eiseley
One little act by one little person made a difference
Do you believe little differences even matter?
I believe in little differences. I even believe that little differences can make a big difference.
Join me again at ‘Depression Getaway’ and together we will…
…live, care, laugh, share, learn, discover, forgive and recover.
Don’t give up, I’m praying for you!
Oh that it could be so easy!
Just dial ‘H-O-P-E’
The smart phone people are trying to make it that easy. Really!
You just might want to check this out. Some of it is a little ‘fluffy’ but some of it has real value. And most of the 17 apps described are FREE! Read the rest of this entry »
It is time to hang up your Bipolar Boot Camp Boots. Sure do hope you got a little something out of it. Depression Getaway is built on the premise that little things can make a big difference.
The idea for the Bipolar Boot Camp came as a result of a workshop I did recently at our hospital mental health unit.
I have a new psychiatrist who I like. I am sort of starting over with her, starting fresh in many ways. Read the rest of this entry »