My Mental Health

Right now? Not good. Because I have good meds and a service dog to help me navigate the social world, many people presume I don’t have any problems with mental illness anymore. Again, not true! I do have excellent meds; a regimen that we worked out together over a period of about five to six […]

Dissociation and White Privilege

Commencement for the graduate schools and the Adult Degree Completion program at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, USA, drew a very large crowd. I believe the estimates ran around 6,000 people, near capacity for the venue. There were a lot of students graduating and a lot of people that loved them in the crowd. Because […]

Back Home

We’re not only “back home” in Portland (OR) from Spokane (WA) but Hunter is back to his normal self again. He’s eating his food faster than I can cleanup after preparing his meal. You know, there are annoying aspects of his behavior, like wanting in-and-out every few minutes or just standing in front of me […]

Cutting Meds? I Don’t Think So!

Just earlier today I was looking at all the meds I take to keep me functioning. I was thinking that since I’m no longer working (retired,) I could talk to my care providers (psych nurse, therapist, primary care doc) about maybe cutting my dosages. But then this afternoon happened. Someone in my family got news […]

Mister, My Mom Fainted

In May 1966 in the middle of beautiful weather and in a beautiful Sacramento neighborhood, I walked up to the ambulance guy and said, “Mister, my mom fainted.” I had just gotten home from school. Getting home was always a dangerous affair. There were various gangs vying for turf in our neighborhood. This was before […]