Monthly Archives: July 2017

Dear Toadie,


This post is really for my sister, Toadie. But there are things I have to say that I want other parents to read, so I’m posting it rather then just writing her privately. In some ways, this is also a letter to myself. So, here goes:

First, I love you. Stop beating yourself up. There is no such thing as perfect and as much as we want to be, there is no possible way any one can be a perfect parent. We are limited by are humanity. But that is also a strength. As we struggle, we can show our children that you can conquer and work through problems. We can be Read the rest of this entry

Suicide


To those of you who have thought about committing suicide or those of you who have attempted suicide: I am glad you are still here. To those of you who have a loved one struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide: rally around your loved one and do everything you can to get them the help they need. Isolation is a major factor in suicide, being there for someone does matter.

 

No Discussion


I wrote a post a while back titled Rainbow Retards. I’ve gotten quite a bit of interesting attention regarding this post, most of which has been by of way private messages. I did share and reply to the two comments that were submitted. I just wanted to write a little about my experience and thoughts surrounding this post. Read the rest of this entry

Lazy Days


Things have been lazy in my life. Spent the last couple days loafing and playing video games. D3 for the most part, but some LBP3. Been nice to spend some time with Dragon and Monkey. I needed the break. There is still a lot to get done in the house and I feel a little guilty about not working on it. But as a reminder to myself and all of you out there: we need to take care of ourselves too!

Home Again


We arrived home in the wee hours of the morning today after a long day of travel. Something that has brought to my awareness is the immediacy that we have come to expect in our fast food culture. There are times that we have forgotten the amazing connection that we have with the world. In the days prior to cars and planes, it would be unlikely that I would even know about events in California let alone travel to them. Yet, my sense of this travel is still Read the rest of this entry

Choices


IOCDF Conference


What is IOCDF? International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation. Their goal is to create a community that includes providers, family and those with OCD. They work towards breaking down stigma and promote research. You check out their site over here. Read the rest of this entry

Travel


Long day of travel. I woke up at 2330 (yesterday) and got on the go at 0130. Didn’t arrive at the hotel until 1230. There is a time difference that adds two hours to all of this. Yeah, I hate traveling. It’s one of those things that seems to be tedious for the sake of tedium. Started with a drive to the airport. About 2 hours. This was not too bad. Talked Read the rest of this entry

Mistakes & Adventures

What I've always wanted

BioethicsBytes

Multimedia resources for teaching bioethics

Rediskot

Art shenanigans of Xenia Bougaevsky

Crochet Thread

A Modern Interpretation of Vintage Crochet by Ann Reillet Featuring Many Original Designs

Elzeblaadje

Crafting with hook, needle and yarn

Son's Popkes

Crochet animal patterns designed by Sonja van der Wijk