Transgenderism through Bolan, Bowie and Minnelli

No one suddenly shows up on the street or at the workplace as a full blown completely transgendered person. It’s a long process. And for me, it’s a process of acceptance that’s been going on since the 1970s. It was in the 70s that pop stars adorned themselves with make-up and sparkly shit and didContinue reading “Transgenderism through Bolan, Bowie and Minnelli”

Homosexuality has helped us all lighten up a bit

Hasn’t it? I mean who’s exclusively heterosexual or homosexual, really? Maybe a small number of people but, as Alfred Kinsey reported decades ago, we’re all on a spectrum. Who cares about who you care about, as long as you’re happy? And what does sex have to do with anything, when relationships are based on connectionContinue reading “Homosexuality has helped us all lighten up a bit”

Thank you to all the people who write about mental health

You help me to not feel alone. And that has made all difference. You’re why I’m still alive and not just surviving, but thriving. I’ve never met any of you personally. But we’re all here as writers. And the best writers are honest writers. Thanks and keep going.

The line between genius and madness

That line is there or not there, or as thin or as thick, as you want it to be. Like most cliches, this one’s only as true as you want to believe it is. When you grow up in a family who you know are mad – because that’s your experience of your parents –Continue reading “The line between genius and madness”

Letter to my teenage daughter

Dear Arlene, It feels both sad and ironic that, just as I started to get well, you broke off contact with me. Having a diagnosis isn’t the first sign of illness, but the first sign of healing, because with correct diagnosis comes correct treatment. Bipolar is a disorder when it’s undiagnosed and untreated. When treated,Continue reading “Letter to my teenage daughter”

Bipolar – Transition from "Maintenance" to PRN

I’ve been on an antipsychotic – Quetiapine – for bipolar type 1, for 20 months and, if I continue taking it as a daily prescribed medication, I will have the complex problem of obesity to contend with by the end of this year. My psychiatrist is in accordance with my recognition that, however useful itContinue reading “Bipolar – Transition from "Maintenance" to PRN”

Ground Control, I'm Coming Home

I haven’t written a post in over a week because I lost my routine and, when you don’t work, routine is such a very delicate thing that’s hard to get back. When working, it’s easy to feel stuck in a routine. When not working, it takes effort to remain in one. Everyone needs some levelContinue reading “Ground Control, I'm Coming Home”

Focus on the Present Moment

Excerpts from Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor (161-180) and Stoic philosopher. “At every moment keep a sturdy mind on the task at hand… doing it with strict and simple dignity, affection, freedom, and justice – giving yourself a break from all other considerations. You can do this if you approach each task as ifContinue reading “Focus on the Present Moment”