The Prevalence of Guns on American TV

I’ve started watching crime dramas on Netflix. The ones that continue to peak my interest are the British ones such as SHETLAND and HINTERLAND, both about detectives and complex crimes they solve. What continues to strike me is that there are almost NO guns anywhere in these episodes. Even the detectives and police who accompany [...]

Hearing loss makes social interaction more difficult

As I wrote in a previous blog post, I recently revisited my injury from 18 months ago. What I didn’t mention at the time was the hearing loss in my right ear, which is significant. And yes, I’m too vain to get a hearing aid even though it looks as if technology has advanced to [...]

Donating My Brain

As you may know, I spoke at the NAMI Convention in late June. While I was there I met many interesting people in related fields. One of them was Carla Luna from the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center in Massachusetts. Call it morbid, but I have long believed that my brain might be useful to [...]

Social interaction with a pet

Some of you may know that I had to surrender my pug over a year ago after falling while walking her.  We were walking on icy terrain; she went one way and I went the other, causing me to break both arms, my wrist, and incurring a bad concussion as well. The good news is [...]

Meditate with Headspace

I know I’ve mentioned the benefits and ease of meditating in previous blog posts. But I wanted to mention a meditation app that I’m currently using and which I have found to be easily accessible: HEADSPACE. This app can work several ways. Headspace gives you the first ten meditations for free and of course you [...]

What Will the Future Hold for Those with Mental Illness?

You can’t turn on the television or radio without news of the progress (or lack of it) in Congress as the healthcare bill is debated and possibly voted on this week. I can’t imagine not getting care or medication for myself if Medicare is diminished.  And for those who have not had treatment and who [...]

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