Category Archives: Feelings

Respect, and love…

Thinking of exceptional relationships, I remember Hazel & Frank Lowe. They were both writers, and lovers of the noble art of conversation, discussion. He wrote many thought-provoking pieces about people and ideas that mattered – like the death penalty. She … Continue reading

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Jan Wong & me and millions more….

Okay, what do you say we do our bit in the battle against stigma. What battle, you say? Well, the last time you were depressed (yes, that would be most of you at some point), did you admit it to … Continue reading

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That Cat…

Are you The fabled “tiger burning bright In the forests of the night?” You hint at ‘soul’ Through matted fur; your stripes. I reach to stroke, You growl; Yet I would swear It ended with a purr. Almost imperceptible; But … Continue reading

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Unlearning depression?

Would you, for a moment, entertain with me the possibility that depression is not “an illness”, so much as a perfectly natural response – or group of responses – to certain experiences or changes, or even to ‘good manners’?   What … Continue reading

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Love, in a way…

Love, in a way… Yes, I suppose you could say; I’m not sure I know In a definitive way What love is, really.   Is it Love? — In a way… Well, it’s not that I’m dreaming You’ll take me … Continue reading

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The habit of despair

Last night I watched the very moving documentary Crooked Beauty* about Jacks McNamara’s  life, art, music, poetry, and activism – threaded through her experience of mental illness.  I’ll watch it again.  I was reminded of something I’ve been thinking about, … Continue reading

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‘Stigma-free’ and real education…

We hear a lot of talk these days about ‘stigma’ around mental health issues.   But what does this mean? It means you have to be awfully courageous to admit out loud – for example – that you are depressed (especially … Continue reading

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