An Old Colleague

Old in a couple of regards. One, we have known each other a very long time, over 20 years. Old also in terms of plain old age. He’s 70+. We met each other today while we were walking. I was walking Hunter. He was just walking. Incidentally, Hunter’s 9th birthday is on the 14th, 2 […]

Staring Out The Kitchen Window

The beautiful trees have lost their leaves as I stare out the kitchen window. The morning dew streaks down the car windshield as I look out the kitchen window. The last rose of autumn blooms as I stare out the kitchen window. The dark-eyed juncos twitter as I stare out the kitchen window. So much […]

Roses For Mary

For days I’ve been sitting in front of my laptop trying to think of something to write about that is important to me or, in my humble opinion, important to others. I just got home from a brisk 1.8 mile walk with Hunter. On the walk we went by the Catholic Church. Like many churches […]

Hunter Lives Up To His Name

I was sitting in my favorite chair. Just on the other side of the sliding glass door. Hunter was resting comfortably on the steps into the house. Suddenly there was a tremendous commotion. I thought Hunter was having a seizure of some sort. It really was quite a racket. When I looked, I saw Hunter […]

Religion And Mental Health

There’s a great post brimming full of vulnerability at The Bipolar Writer Collaborative Mental Health Blog. I’ve chosen to use the same title in order to express my own thoughts regarding the topic. Megan has captured what I believe is the experience of many that struggle with mental illness and their religion. I was a […]

Lincoln City Beach, Oregon

If you live in Portland, Oregon, and you want to go to the beach, there are several options. All beaches in Oregon are public beaches protected by law. A favorite is Lincoln City Beach. It’s close and the highway takes you right by the Spirit Mountain Casino. This casino is arguably one of two most […]

Cemetery Picnic

My sister-in-law has been dead for 1 year and 11 months. Today would have been her birthday. Debbie’s daughters have not coped well with their mother’s passing yet. So we go up to the cemetery and have a picnic at the gravesite. This is not all that unusual, especially in other cultures, but it does […]

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 […]