Three years ago this day, two passionate, excited, naïve bloggers propelled into cyberspace a project they had dreamed of since their most serendipitous first interactions together online.
The bloggers were, of course, yours truly and my partner in crime, Tallulah “Lulu” Stark. The project was what you see here, A Canvas Of The Minds.
I don’t think either of us had a clue of what it would eventually become, which was key. We had ideas and hopes and dreams, but I’ll tell you all now that I never expected then to be where we — and I — are now. I think a little blind naïveté is just what we need sometimes. Continue reading
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That’s how many days are left in the year 2014. We’ve gone through 106 so far, which is a whole lot, but it isn’t the whole lot. It isn’t even one-third of the year!
Why this sudden obsession with the days? I’m so glad that you asked!
In my continuing capacity as your Official Blog For Mental Health conduit and project coordinator, I seem to be getting a lot of questions, comments, and concerns, and most all of them having the same basic theme:
Am I too late to participate in Blog For Mental Health 2014? What’s the deadline for submitting posts?
(If you’ve already pledged or aren’t so interested in BFMH, please do keep reading just the same. I need your help, all of you wonderful Canvas readers, and more details will be forthcoming momentarily.) Continue reading
Warning: This post discusses suicide. Not graphically, and not in detail, but if the topic is triggering to you, you may want to choose not to read it.
Today is 10 September 2013, a day that has been designated World Suicide Prevention Day. I know that this is a very frightening subject for so many people, with or without mental illness, to talk about. But do you know what I think is even more frightening than discussing suicide? Not discussing suicide. Continue reading
Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, loves of my heart. . .
Last week I was going through my old Canvas posts, looking for one in particular that I needed to give me a frame of for reference on something. And I found the particular post, and I said to myself, ‘Damn, I wrote some pretty good stuff here.’ I did, too, and I am not the only one, not even close. Continue reading
Yep, that time of year has come ’round! *the rare time So. . . Continue reading
Hello to all of you, my very dear friends. I want to check in, but before there is time for misunderstanding to occur, I want to be very, very clear about one pretty important thing, which is I have not returned to blogging. Actually, I may need even longer a break than I had anticipated, which is why I’m writing this — that and the very thoughtful and wise words from someone I know who pointed out that my prolonged silence might cause worry.
I am still maintaining our social media, as I said I would do. And occasionally, when posting a picture or a link to facebook, I’ll get to sharing my thoughts a little bit. Continue reading
Hello, dearest readers.
I have to do something I never anticipated having to do, so forgive me if I am a bit clumsy about it. As you may remember from my last Canvas post, I have been fighting the onset of a depressive episode for some time. Unfortunately, it is a fight which I lost, and I have slipped into a very severe depressive state. It’s much more acute a situation than I have had to deal with in a long time.
Another thing that you may or may not recall is that I cannot take any medication for this. Just a few months ago, I wrote in another post: Continue reading
To Our Dear Readers,
I know we have been a little shy on posts lately, for lots of reasons. I can only speak to my own issues. I have been fighting a depression — denying, refusing, admitting, and finally reaching out. It has left me very short on words, even so far as being able to respond to comments and emails. I thank all of you so very much for your patience. Please know that I am so grateful for your words of support, and I will respond to all of the wonderful, kind things you have said to me here, on my personal blog, and also on my newest child, a somewhat under the radar “mental health past and present blog” (explanation on the last forthcoming in another post). Continue reading