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 […]

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 […]

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 […]