Thursday, December 21, 2006

Great BP Blog!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006


ONE. Recently, when I went to McDonald's I saw on the menu that you could have an order of 6, 9 or 12 Chicken McNuggets. I asked for a half dozen nuggets. "We don't have half dozen nuggets," said the teenager at the counter. "You don't?" I replied. "We only have six, nine, or twelve," was the reply. "So I can't order half dozen nuggets, but I can order six?" "That's right." So I shook my head and ordered six McNuggets

TWO. I was checking out at the local Wal-Mart with just a few items and the lady behind me put her things on the belt close to mine. I picked up one of those "dividers" that they keep by the cash register and placed it between our things so they wouldn't get mixed. After the girl had scanned all of my items, she picked up the "divider," looking it all over for the bar code so she could scan it. Not finding the bar code she said to me, "Do you know how much this is?" I said to her "I've changed my mind, I don't think I'll buy that today." She said "OK," and I paid her for the things and left. She had no clue to what had just happened.

THREE. A lady at work was seen putting a credit card into her floppy drive and pulling it out very quickly. When I inquired as to what she was doing, she said she was shopping on the Internet and they kept asking for a credit card number, so she was using the ATM "thingy."

FOUR. I recently saw a distraught young lady weeping beside her car. "Do you need some help?" I asked. She replied, "I knew I should have replaced the battery to this remote door unlocker. Now I can't get into my car. Do you think they (pointing to a distant convenience store) would have a battery to fit this?" "Hmmm, I dunno. Do you have an alarm, too?" I asked. "No, just this remote thingy," she answered, handing it and the car keys to me. As I took the key and manually unlocked the door, I replied, "Why don't you drive over there and check about the batteries. It's a long walk."

FIVE. Several years ago, we had an Intern who was none too swift. One day she was typing and turned to a secretary and said, "I'm almost out of typing paper What do I do?" "Just use copier machine paper," the secretary told her. With that, the intern took her last remaining blank piece of paper, put it on the photocopier and proceeded to make five "blank" copies.

SIX. I was in a car dealership a while ago, when a large motor home was towed into the garage. The front of the vehicle was in dire need of repair and the whole thing generally looked like an extra in "Twister." I asked the manager what had happened. He told me that the driver had set the "cruise control" and then went in the back to make a sandwich.

SEVEN. My neighbor works in the operations department in the central office of a large bank. Employees in the field call him when they have problems with their computers. One night he got a call from a woman in one of the branch banks who had this question: "I've got smoke coming from the back of my terminal. Do you guys have a fire downtown?"

EIGHT. Police in Radnor , PA , interrogated a suspect by placing a metal colander on his head and connecting it with wires to a photocopy machine. The message "He's lying" was placed in the copier, and police pressed the copy button each time they thought the suspect wasn't telling the truth. Believing the "lie detector" was working, the suspect confessed.

NINE. A mother calls 911 very worried asking the dispatcher if she needs to take her kid to the emergency room, the kid was eating ants. The dispatcher tells her to give the kid some Benadryl and should be fine, the mother says, I just gave him some ant killer..... Dispatcher: Rush him into emergency

Life is tough. It's tougher if you're stupid

Monday, December 04, 2006

Advice in applying for SSI

In an ideal world, individuals who are truly disabled would find quick access to disability benefits and medical care. Unfortunately, the disability benefit system as it is currently administered by the social security administration does not operate in this fashion.

Most social security disability and ssi disability claims will be denied at the initial claim level. And most ssd and ssi claimants will need to pursue their claim at least as far as the ALJ hearing level.

Having said that, though, you can, nevertheless, increase the chances of winning a social security disability or ssi benefit claim by doing the following:
By finding out if your personal physician will support your disability case and, if so, by having your doctor complete a detailed statement as to why you are disabled and unable to work.

By submitting copies of your medical records (including the most recent updates) when you apply and each time you appeal.

By cooperating fully with the Disability Examiner working on your case. This includes responding promptly to letters and notices, as well as going to any medical exams scheduled by DDS.

By keeping tabs (personally or via an attorney or representative) on the status of your social security disability case (if you are not represented, call DDS for updates on an initial claim or reconsideration, not the social security office and try never to call the 1-800 number for anything as the information dispensed by this facility is frequently incorrect).

By not letting important deadlines lapse on your ssd or ssi disability claim.

By getting an attorney or non attorney disability Representative as soon as your social security or ssi claim is denied.

By maintaining a good relationship with the people working on your case--this includes the Claims Rep at Social Security, the Examiner at DDS, and even the Representative if you've hired one to help you. It is simply a fact: people will do more to help you when you have established a friendly, courteous relationship with them.

Things to do

Have your treating physician complete an RFC form on your behalf. RFC stands for residual functional capacity. RFC forms are used by DDS examiners (each examiner must have their unit physician or psychologist complete the appropriate physical or mental RFC form before a claimant's case can be closed) and carry great weight, particularly at hearings held by Administrative Law Judges. To learn more about RFC forms, click the "Disability Definitions" tab on the menu below and from that page read the definition titled "residual functional capacity form, or rfc".



This is me sometimes...

Bipolar mixed states. What are they? Essentially, though many experts will quibble on the finer details, mixed states are depressive episodes that are "soldered to" manic behavior. The bipolar person will have high engery levels, racing thoughts, trouble sleeping, all elements of hypomania or full blown mania----yet instead of euphoria or grandiosity, the individual will be filled with negative emotions, typically expressed as irritability or even, in some instances, as extreme anger or even rage.

From "My Social Seciroty Disability SSI blog"

Bipolar Disorder, Social Security Disability, and Mixed states

Bipolar Disorder, Social Security Disability, and Mixed states

I'm currently doing a bit of reading on Bipolar Disorder and for this purpose I've purchased half a dozen books. I suppose I come by my interest in this malady honestly. As a former disability examiner, I saw bipolar disorder as an allegation on quite a few cases (though, in all honesty, I don't seem to remember seeing as many bipolar cases at DDS a few years ago as the statistics for my website indicate there must currently be.) But aside from my site and my former occupation, I am (I just posted this same information in a comment-response to someone else's comment) connected to several individuals who have bipolar disorder.

One is my mother-in-law who was only diagnosed at the age of 60 and who had had a history of incredible shopping sprees (a prime symptom of bipolar manic behavior). The second individual is my brother-in-law who was also diagnosed late in life with the condition and has been (sounds unbelievable, but this is true) on out-patient shock therapy for about 2 years. And the third individual is my own step-son who has given everyone close to him one heck of a ride, though this is not (I honestly believe) due to any fault of his own.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006


We have all read about people who are successful briefly. They win a gold medal, make a fortune, or star in one great movie and then disappear.…These examples do not inspire me!
My focus and fascination is with people who seem to do well in many areas of life, and do it over and over through a lifetime. In entertainment, I think of Paul Newman and Bill Cosby. In business, I think of Ben and Jerry (the ice cream moguls)…As a Naval Officer, husband, businessman, politician and now as a mediator and philanthropist on the world stage, Jimmy Carter has had a remarkable life. We all know examples of people who go from one success to another.
These are the people who inspire me! I've studied them, and I've noticed they have the following traits in common:
1.They work hard! Yes, they play hard, too! They get up early, they rarely complain, they expect performance from others, but they expect extraordinary performance from themselves. Repeated, high-level success starts with a recognition that hard work pays off.
2.They are incredibly curious and eager to learn. They study, ask questions and read—constantly! An interesting point, however: While most of them did well in school, the difference is that they apply or take advantage of what they learn. Repeated success is not about memorizing facts, it's about being able to take information and create, build, or apply it in new and important ways. Successful people want to learn everything about everything!
3.They network. They know lots of people, and they know lots of different kinds of people. They listen to friends, neighbors, co- workers and bartenders. They don't have to be "the life of the party," in fact many are quiet, even shy, but they value people and they value relationships. Successful people have a Rolodex full of people who value their friendship and return their calls.
4.They work on themselves and never quit! While the "over-night wonders" become arrogant and quickly disappear, really successful people work on their personality, their leadership skills, management skills, and every other detail of life. When a relationship or business deal goes sour, they assume they can learn from it and they expect to do better next time. Successful people don't tolerate flaws; they fix them!
5.They are extraordinarily creative. They go around asking, "Why not?" They see new combinations, new possibilities, new opportunities and challenges where others see problems or limitations. They wake up in the middle of the night yelling, "I've got it!" They ask for advice, try things out, consult experts and amateurs, always looking for a better, faster, cheaper solution. Successful people create stuff!
6.They are self-reliant and take responsibility. Incredibly successful people don't worry about blame, and they don't waste time complaining. They make decisions and move on. ...Extremely successful people take the initiative and accept the responsibilities of success.
7.They are usually relaxed and keep their perspective. Even in times of stress or turmoil, highly successful people keep their balance, they know the value of timing, humor, and patience. They rarely panic or make decisions on impulse. Unusually successful people breath easily, ask the right questions, and make sound decisions, even in a crisis.
8.Extremely successful people live in the present moment. They know that "Now" is the only time they can control. They have a "gift" for looking people in the eye, listening to what is being said, enjoying a meal or fine wine, music or playing with a child. They never seem rushed, and they get a lot done! They take full advantage of each day. Successful people don't waste time, they use it!
9.They "look over the horizon" to see the future. They observe trends, notice changes, see shifts, and hear the nuances that others miss. A basketball player wearing Nikes is trivial, the neighbor kid wearing them is interesting, your own teenager demanding them is an investment opportunity! Extremely successful people live in the present, with one eye on the future!
10.Repeatedly successful people respond instantly! When an investment isn't working out, they sell. When they see an opportunity, they make the call. If an important relationship is cooling down, they take time to renew it. When technology or a new competitor or a change in the economic situation requires an adjustment, they are the first and quickest to respond.

Dr. Philip E. Humbert,

Thursday, August 24, 2006

You Are Curling

What you lack in athleticism, you make up for in concentration.

And while curling isn't much more of a sport than bowling, you *can* win a gold medal for it!

From Sitaram's writing pad...

There is a joke in which someone is shown a vision of hell, and he sees a long table at which are seated people with very
long spoons bound to their hands, far to long to reach the plate of food set
before them, so all are frustrated in their inability to feed themselves, and
slowly die of starvation. Then, he is shown a vision of heaven. He sees the SAME long table, and people with long spoons tied to their hands, BUT the difference is that each person dips his spoon into the plate of his neighbor across the table, and then places the food in his neighbor's mouth, so all are fed and satisfied. Sometimes I suspect that right and wrong, good and evil, are the same banquet, with the same utensils, but everything depends on how we choose to deal with the situation; on how we play our hand, the cards which have been dealt to us.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Thought for the Day in the form of poetry

Thought for the Day in the form of poetry

A good friend recently made me aware of this poem. While it doesn't totally exemplify all of my beliefs, I love the meaning of it. I find it both inspiring and challenging.

by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

Out of the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced or cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

posted by Deni H.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Journailng for a change

I am creative. I am not a good writer. That is why I blog about other people's blogs. It pleases me to show off great work and great love that is put into those blogs. As for me today, I am fucking tired of my life as it is. Waiting on disability and not working, sometimes makes me crawl out of my skin...I am not suicidal (thank God for medication cocktails), just in case you are worried about me...
The rest is all history...Maybe if I push myself a little everyday I could fill my blog with my own crap and therefore not have to "steal" other peoples work to bring to my own blog...

What da ya think?

Poetry at its best

Another great post by someone in my blogring...

Onset of reality
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
This is a poem I wrote for the art gallery that displays work by people with mental illnesses.

STEP Art Gallery

Art fills the walls
Halls and halls
Paintings, poems, photography

Collages provide
A window inside
The mind behind the intensity

The drawings shown
Imagine the unknown
Framed, they hang with dignity

Next to the frame
Is an artist's name
Displayed with guts and sincerity

Many will come
Unafflicted, some
Merely to look at the beauty

The power to create
Does not discriminate
Let us celebrate creativity
posted by pjbrubak at 4:44 PM

Monday, August 21, 2006

A little crazy...aren't we all?

A blog worth blogging again...

A little crazy...aren't we all?: "It's been brought
to my attention that I have been neglecting to write about my life, and have been boring you all with countless articles and book reviews. Sorry about that. I guess I really didn't think that I had that much of a following? So WHY have I been passing the buck? The articles I have come across interested me so I thought I'd pass them on. The book reviews? The same. I want to share.

But yeah, I have been passing the buck. For good reason? Not really. I find that I write more when I am depressed, thus presenting only one side of the story. I mean, I AM BIPOLAR if you hadn't noticed. Who has time to write then they're feeling good or better-than-good-hypomanic?

So let me run with that for a moment. I write when I'm depressed. I write about the bad in life. I write about the deepest darkest things I want out of my head. I put it all right there on the internet for you to read. Then I write a more normal post and I find I'm under attack. Thanks Mr. Scrabble!"

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

BiPolar Daily(ish): Lamictal

BiPolar Daily(ish): Lamictal: "Lamictal
A lot of people have been arriving at this blog via the Lamictal keyword. So I thought it might be a good idea to re-assess my Lamictal (known as Lamictan in my home spot, South Africa) experience. I've been on it for 1 year and 9 months now, and the last time I think I spoke about Lamactil was when I'd crossed the one year mark. So here goes:

Easing Depression
The best thing about Lamictal is that it has definitely taken the sting out of the bad downs. I'm told that whereas other stabilisers are more effective at controlling the ups, Lamactil is better where the predominant pole is depression. In fact a danger with BiPolar (I'm told) is that Lamictal can sometimes fuel the highs. Truth be told, I hit about 2 weeks of severe mania about 6 months after starting the medication, with occasional small flights into psychosis. (Man, would I have loved to chronicle those in this blog but unfortunately it was pre BiPolar Daily). Having said that, it was one of the most controlled (and enjoyable :) mania's I've had - I didn't even tell the Pdoc about it."

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BiPolar Daily(ish)

Bipolar Disorder Daily News Blog

Bipolar Disorder Daily News Blog

Monday, June 05, 2006

homelessness blog

Not all that is gold glitters, not all who wander are lost. --Tolkein

Inspiration of the Day:
A woman becomes homeless, so she gets into her car and drives. Except she has nowhere to go - so she stays in the car, with all her possessions heaped in the back, sleeping in the front seat, parking in secluded streets. For eight months, no one notices her, because she makes sure she looks respectable. But this is the information age. And even though she doesn't speak to anyone, she can go into a library where she can access the internet and write an online journal - a homelessness blog - which she uses to describe all her unspoken experiences and feelings. [ more ]

Be The Change:
Read some entries from the 'Wandering Scribe'. [ more ]

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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

blogging and ranting...

I have an incredible urge to blog on my illness tonight. I could feel the stigma hovering over my soul and bones right after this one meeting I go to on weekly nights. I feel a need to post about what this illness is all about as I perceive a lot of people misunderstand it, and a loty others use it as a club over my head. Those of us that have this illness of bipolar understand!

so here is to you all my friends and fellow warriors, bipolars or not.

What is Bipolar Disorder?
by Marcia Purse

A Layperson's Definition of Manic Depression
One textbook definition describes bipolar disorder as: "a major affective disorder in which an individual alternates between states of deep depression and extreme elation." This is misleading in that bipolar disorder - also known as manic depression or manic-depressive illness - is much more complicated than just alternating between depression and elation.
The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (commonly known as DSM-IV because it is in its fourth major edition) says, "Bipolar Disorder is characterized by the occurrence of one or more Major Depressive Episodes accompanied by at least one Manic Episode." So even if you're depressed 99 percent of the time, going through just one manic episode qualifies you for a diagnosis of bipolar disorder according to this definition - but that still leaves out a lot of what manic depression really is.

So let's put it in terms everyone can understand. Bipolar disorder is an illness that affects thoughts, feelings, perceptions and behavior ... even how a person feels physically (known clinically as psychosomatic presentations). It's probably caused by electrical and chemical elements in the brain not functioning properly (see What Causes Bipolar Disorder? for more information), and is usually found in people whose families have a history of one or more mental illnesses. (While we're at it, let's be clear about something: a "mental illness" is one that affects the mind, not one that's all in the mind.)

Most often, a person with manic-depression experiences moods that shift from high to low and back again in varying degrees of severity. The two poles of bipolar disorder are mania and depression. This is the least complicated form of the illness.

Depression might be identified by:

Refusing to get out of bed for days on end
Sleeping much more than usual
Being tired all the time but unable to sleep
Having bouts of uncontrollable crying
Becoming entirely uninterested in things you once enjoyed
Paying no attention to daily responsibilities
Feeling hopeless, helpless or worthless for a sustained period of time
Becoming unable to make simple decisions
Wanting to die
Mania might include:

Feeling like you can do anything, even something unsafe or illegal
Needing very little sleep, yet never feeling tired
Dressing flamboyantly, spending money extravagantly, living recklessly
Having increased sexual desires, perhaps even indulging in risky sexual behaviors
Experiencing hallucinations or delusions
Feeling filled with energy
Some people think that they are just "over their depression" when they become manic, and don't realize this exaggerated state is part of the illness - part of bipolar disorder. A person who has depression and mania is said to have Bipolar I.

In addition to Bipolar Disorder I, the American system of diagnosing this disorder also includes Bipolar Disorder II, which involves symptoms of hypomania instead of full-blown mania.

Hypomania - a less extreme form of manic episode - could include:

Having utter confidence in yourself
Being able to focus well on projects
Feeling extra creative or innovative
Being able to brush off problems that would paralyze you during depression
Feeling "on top of the world" but without going over the top.
Hypomania does not include hallucinations or delusions, but a hypomanic person still might exhibit some reckless or inappropriate behavior. A person who has moods of depression and hypomania is said to have Bipolar II.

Below we've linked to in-depth articles that list the symptoms of both mania and depression, which we encourage you to read if you want more detailed information on these symptoms of bipolar disorder. We've also linked to an article on the causes of bipolar disorder and some other important information.

This is the simplest definition we can offer to answer the question, "What is bipolar disorder?" The next article in Bipolar Basics is Complex Features of Bipolar Disorder, where we look at some of the complexities that this difficult condition can include.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

bloggo chicago

Now this is a nice blog! I wish I had the skills to make my blog shine like this, but for now I will just have to settle for who I am and what I can do...

bloggo chicago

Friday, May 26, 2006

Another Seven Tips For A Good Night's Sleep

19 May 2006 08:49 AM

Another Seven Tips For A Good Night's Sleepby Aimee Amodio More from this Blogger

Naps can be your best friend or your worst ally. Me, I'm a napper. I can snooze for an hour or two and still get into bed at the usual time with no problem. For some people, taking naps can make insomnia worse. If a nap isn't a good idea for you, you should make a point of getting up and moving around if you feel sleepy and it's not bedtime yet.

Skip the shower. A shower tends to wake you up. If you need some help relaxing, try a warm bath instead. A long, hot bath will help relax your muscles and give you some time to be alone and think, if you need it. Personally, I like a ton of bubbles and a good book in the tub with me.
A cool room may help you sleep better. I don't know about you, but if I'm too hot, I'm usually too uncomfortable to sleep. I'd much rather burrow down under an extra blanket in a cool room.
Keep an eye on the humidity. Ever wake up because your mouth and throat are dry? It's not a very good feeling, is it? Heating systems tend to keep the air very dry. A humidifier may help you sleep more comfortably.

Do you ever have those nights when you wake up after just a few hours of sleep? Or worse, the nights where you wake up several times? The stresses of daily life can easily throw your sleeping patterns out of whack. If you are wide awake on these restless nights, don't lay in bed agonizing. Get up and do something quiet for twenty minutes, then try getting back into bed. Don't fix yourself a special treat or have a smoke; your body may start getting you up every night for your midnight (or 2am, or 4am) treat.

Figure out how much sleep you need. Some people need more, some people need less. Keeping a sleep diary can help you discover the right amount of sleep. Make note of what time you got into bed and how quickly you fell asleep. Make note of what time you got up, and how you felt when you woke up -- alert, or still groggy and wanting more.

Last but not least... worrying about not sleeping is NOT going to help you sleep! Get your worries out somehow -- talk to a friend, or keep a diary -- so you can set them aside and sleep peacefully. You're not going to die from a few nights of insomnia. The world is not going to end.

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Dear bed...

I miss you tonight. I thought I was gonna have a date with you about an hour ago, but... here I am, just thinking of you...I am glad you take me in your arms whenever I subside to my urge to explore other worlds and fantasies. I am glad that together, you and I allow my body to receive the necessary rest to revitalize and have one more day of life...God, in th emean time watches, while we embrace each other...

Sleep disturbancese are one of the things that characterize my not so healthy condition in life. At this time, I can only hope to do my best to follow the standard sleep hygiene suggestions written when you do a search, but there is definitelly more to it than meets that eye, in th emean time, a few posts regarding the subject matter would not be a bad place to start.

Bipolar Planet

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The very personal feelings and experiences of a young Kiwi mum trying to survive the world around her.
Bipolar Princess
A single mother's diary thru mental illness.
Ride along on the Bipolar Roller Coaster
Follow the illness and treatment of a young woman with Bipolar I Disorder. This blog exists in the hope of furthering understanding and empathy. See what it's really like to have this illness. Step into her life, if only for a moment. But as you step out, keep in mind that she will never be able to.

3amTherapy Sessions
The ramblings of a happy little lunatic extraordinaire ... covering any and every thing in my life, which is often nothing but sometimes something.

1. bloggo chicago Join Date: September 22, 2005
30-something Chicagoan managing life with bipolar disorder, 4 cats, a husband, and a great love for Star Wars (not necessarily in that order)

2. Bipolar & Me Join Date: March 26, 2006
I'm a bipolar girl recording my thoughts to see if "being bipolar" really does affect my day to day life. In trying to overcome this disease and live in the "normal" world, it requires me to analyze my actions and see what is my personality, and what are my bipolar traits. That's what I'm recording, and hopefully can reflect on later to change the behavior.

3. Crazy Not Stupid Join Date: May 15, 2006
a diary of my life and thoughts on being bipolar

4. Wild Abandon Join Date: September 25, 2005
Bipolar Blog

5. Jane loves Tarzan Join Date: September 15, 2005
Sanity is the Playground of the Unimaginative.

6. It's Just A Ride Join Date: May 22, 2006
The roller coaster life of a Bipolar man. The ups and downs I go through and news snippets I come across

7. Psych Ward Story; Mom, Interrupted Join Date: March 04, 2006
Come with me on my stay in a psych ward, where I compare the interesting social dynamics to a drug rehabilitation center I was in about fifteen years earlier. Teenagers and adults of various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds living in close quarters and exposing the inner-most secrets of their souls to strangers. I am not here to discourage anyone from going to the hospital, it saved my life.

8. 3amTherapy Sessions Join Date: April 21, 2006
The ramblings of a happy little lunatic extraordinaire ... covering any and every thing in my life, which is often nothing but sometimes something.

9. Manic Reality Join Date: March 22, 2006
My blog started with me thinking that I'd help other people with my experiences and thoughts on my journey as a Bipolar Type II. Turns out that was wishful thinking - it's all self therapy baby! Take what you will, leave what you won't. Live long and prosper.

10. Mercurial Mind Bipolar Blog Join Date: March 20, 2006
Excitement, turmoil, slow-motion fury, over-reacting recluse Tap, tap, tap always on The soft tissues of my brain... My mercurial mind, a bipolar blog.

11. Memoirs of a Yin Yang Join Date: April 07, 2006
When I'm emotional in a bad way, I often keep a journal. These are entries that I made over the past 5 years.

12. No Bravery... Join Date: March 28, 2006
(finally got round to re-joining!) This is just my personal recordings of a regular day-to-day life. Having recently been diagnosed with Bipolar II and Personality Disorder NOS, my blog will follow me as I try and find my way through life without getting lost...

13. husband - DJ - computer geek Join Date: January 18, 2006
This site is basically nothing more than a simple look into the life of Brent Natzle (DJSlim). My postings put together they become a picture of my life as a husband - DJ - computer geek. I was just recently diagnosed as bi-polar

14. -Been Broken- Join Date: December 31, 2005
One man and mental illness - an occasional diary

15. On A Happier Note Join Date: December 07, 2005
Thinking positive no matter how grim the situation may be.

16. Lucky I'm Biplolar (or I'd be angry all the time) Join Date: April 12, 2006
An up and down narrative of my crazy life

17. Too Many Kids Join Date: April 23, 2006
I write about being a mother of four with Bipolar and Fibromyalgia. It can get hectic around here but thank god I have this blog and all my buddies to talk to!!

18. Wasted Days Join Date: September 16, 2005
Just a site that I put my thoughts and flame fractal renderings, that show my state of mind, at any one particular time. As a warning sometimes it can get somewhat coarse.

19. Random Thoughts From A Bipolar Mind Join Date: March 26, 2006
Married. With children. Bipolar. Trying to find my way, accepting what I have been given, and trying to become whole.

20. Finding Yourself Despite Yourself Join Date: December 31, 2005
Bitter MILF with an artist bent, laughing at myself and you

21. Peaks And Valleys Join Date: December 15, 2005
Anxiety, Depression, Bi-polar Disorder or manic depressive disorder, Obsessive compulsive disorder and ADHD can lead to suicide. PolarBear and Peaks and Valleys Blog is dedicated to helping by providing info on getting help along with uplifting quotes, resources and books.

22. Broken Dreams Join Date: January 11, 2006
A blog about dealing with anxiety, depression, social phobia and bi-polar disorder.

23. meredithelaine Join Date: September 28, 2005
life and love from a borderline, bipolar, depressed, ADDed-, OCDed-out standpoint.

24. Oh blah dee Oh blah dah Join Date: January 15, 2006
The collectiveness of the bipolar me. My daily, or not so daily, grind.

25. Bipolar 2 and my journey Join Date: October 08, 2005
A look into my 20 year journey of discovering that I am a bipolar 2 male.

26. crazy. spoiled. bLitch Join Date: October 27, 2005
Social butterfly turned hermit crab. I have an extremely low tolerance for stupidity. Hence, the reason for the change in social habits. I am the first to admit that I am coo-coo for cocoa puffs. Who isn't? Those who try to claim they are completely sane are really wacko and should be feared. Deep thoughts from a shallow bLitch!

27. BiPolar Daily Join Date: October 25, 2005
BiPolar Roller Coaster ride. Seatbelt fastening recommended.

28. Bipolar Princess Join Date: November 28, 2005
A single mother's diary thru mental illness.

29. Bipolar Joe Join Date: March 10, 2006
Manic depression has its upside, too

30. Bipolar Being Join Date: January 22, 2006
Bipolar Vomit

31. misha, barefoot and real Join Date: October 06, 2005
character isn't developed in peace and quiet. as a bipolar, black, artistic Christian in my early twenties, life certainly has its challenges and its beauty. this is the blog where i work out my thoughts on the life i live.

32. Ordinarily, She's Moody Join Date: May 03, 2006
Personal blog of a bipolar girl, trying to live an ordinary life.

33. Bubblegum Cards From The Edge Join Date: October 17, 2005
Every life is a new journey. Come along and see what happens as one individual resolves to take the road WAY less travelled...

34. A little crazy...aren't we all? Join Date: October 23, 2005
The ramblings of a bizarre woman pouring out her soul into her blog about life, bipolar disorder, and inner thoughts.

35. BipolarDiary Join Date: October 24, 2005

36. DarkestFaerieDoll Join Date: January 05, 2006
The very personal feelings and experiences of a young Kiwi mum trying to survive the world around her.

37. Moon Moods Join Date: September 01, 2005
An on-line diary of a manic depressive, Bipolar I who is coming to terms with such a diagnosis. And other mentally unrelated crap that goes on in her life. Warning: author is prone to rants about issues that don't really matter.

38. Occasional Confusion Join Date: May 18, 2006
One of my many shrinks suggested to keep a diary, maybe like that I can get to "know" myself, hmmmmm?

39. Ravings of a Bipolar Gothic Witch Join Date: January 01, 2006
Philosophy by a gothic bipolar single mom, pursuing my dream in of a Ph.d physics. I write about anything that interests me including global events, human rights, human stupidity and my bipolar illness, while trying to maintain a sense of humor.

40. The Icing on the Cake Join Date: January 23, 2006
Mania. Depression. What flavour frosts your cake in the darker moments of either extreme?

41. Lake Walks Join Date: January 01, 2006
The life of a man with bipolar disorder. Often I come here to find my muse...

42. Letters to Theophilus Join Date: October 05, 2005
One man's struggle in the darkness of madness and sometimes out. A blog about faith and mental illness.

43. Ninja Poodles Join Date: October 12, 2005
About my...Daughter, Husband, Family, Horses, Soap, Singing, Reading, Movies, Playing, Fishing, Internet Addiction, Mental Health Awareness, Assorted Flotsam & Jetsam...and lots and lots of Poodles. Ninja Poodles.

44. A Revision Join Date: February 08, 2006
I am bipolar and enjoy blogging to express my varying moods, from serious to silly. I am the conductor of the Friends of the Friendless Marching Band, which meets on Friendly Fridays to visit friendless blogs.

45. Further Ironies Join Date: August 17, 2005
This is a blog where I write about my life, my illness, experiences and my quest for wellness

46. Bipolar Support Join Date: October 05, 2005
A blog (web log) written by parents of a large family, including a 21 year old son with fairly severe bipolar disorder. With this log we will attempt to record thoughts, struggles, and accomplishments with respect to our bipolar son, Kyle. This includes, by necessity, the dynamics of our family and many of our day to day interactions and events.

47. Living With A Purple Dog Join Date: November 12, 2005
The ramblings of a bipolar product of the seventies.

48. Crystal's Blog of Life Join Date: October 28, 2005
Blog on my life with bipolar disorder, single parenting and whatever runs through my mind.

49. Weird Cake: Treats from a Bipolar Mind Join Date: December 31, 2005
Welcome to the daily view of life as digested by a bipolar brain. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Type II in January 2001 and like to share about my Witch Doctor visits, meds, work, politics, football, and whatever the hell else is on my mind...

50. Ivy Tied up Join Date: January 09, 2006
My personal blog. I'm a WAHM to 3 kids. I'm bipolar. My son has been diagnosed as bipolar. And my site tells about my life..

Interesting blogs of folks that are bipolar like me... I tried copying and pasting but the hot links were lost in the process... I am sure if you google the name of the blog, you will easily find the blog, otherwise please visit Bipolar planet.

Comming out of my two door closet...

Ok, so I am bipolar. What does this mean? It means that anything and everything having to deal with my new diagnosis is going to get posted here: news, tratments, blogs of other bipolars, ideas, thoughts and ramblings.
Thats what it means.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Plant Care

House plants is a term collectively given to a group of foliage or flowering plants that will tolerate indoor conditions for different periods of time. They will give you superb value if you give them correct conditions. They will even assist in making your environment more healthy by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and will certainly add a wonderful feeling to your indoor environment. House plants given proper care, are easy to grow and very rewarding.

There are seven ways to achieve success with House plants. Watering and feeding are the two key ones. Collectively these two factors hold the answer to keeping your House Plants happy and healthy. More indoor plants are killed by overwatering than any other single factor.
1. Watering
The amount of water your plant requires depends on the temperature and the time of year. Generally speaking, plants require far more water while they are growing or during flowering times than they do during their resting season which will generally occur in late autumn to winter. A thorough watering once or twice a week is better than a sprinkle each day. Some plants love being put out in the rain for a time, but not the hairy plants such as African Violets, for this can cause their leaves to discolour and rot. It is generally better to water a plant thoroughly when it is starting to become a little on the dry side. You need to learn your plants water requirements. It may take a little time and experience to achieve this. You may be able to determine this by feeling the soil or you may be able to judge by the weight of the pot. It is obviously lighter when it is dry than when it is moist. Certainly however, it is better to err on the dry side rather than being too wet. Most plants prefer to be kept evenly moist and allowed to dry a little between each watering. We suggest you ask your Local GREENGOLD Garden Centre to show you how best to water your plants.
2. Fertilising
When fertilising it is good advice to be sparing with the food. Giving too little is better than too much. Only fertilise during the growing season and preferably make sure that the soil is moist before applying. There are many fertilisers on the market, both liquid and granular and most well known brands have certain benefits. We believe it is best to apply a slow release fertiliser like Nutricote or Osmocote every six months and supplement this with a liquid feed like Thrive indoor to give it a kick start in the growing season. If your still unsure we suggest that you ask for advice as some products are better with some plants than others.
3. Light
Light is another important factor in plant growth. Inside your home there are probably many areas that are suitable for House Plants. In rooms with large windows for instance, light should be adequate provided there are no heavy drapes to block the light source. Supplementary lighting with fluorescent lighting is beneficial in darker rooms. Usually there is a plant for every room and your GREENGOLD Garden Centre can advise you on which one is for you and your room.
4. Warmth
Warmth, as much as light is essential for plant growth and substantial fluctuations in temperature should be avoided. Some plants tolerate artificial warmth in the home environment while others do not. Cyclamen in particular do not like an over-heated room.
5. Fresh Air
Open the windows wide on warm days and let fresh air blow gently through the house thus giving the plant a fresh atmosphere to live in. But do not leave your plant in a draught as this can create problems.
6. Humidity
Many of the plants which are grown indoors originated from jungles and rain forests where there is always a moist atmosphere. Although they have adapted themselves to our drier atmosphere they will still give of their best if you create an artificial atmosphere for them. One way to overcome the dry effect of house heating is to place shallow trays of water beside your plants, or place the pots inside larger vessels and fill the space between the two with peat moss. Alternatively you can place single pots on a tray of stones or gravel and then pour water into the gravel, making sure it does not reach the base of the pots or roots could rot.
7. Cleanliness
Plants, like people need to be cleaned. Sponge the leaves of larger foliage plants. This removes dust from the surface of the leaf and improves the appearance enormously. Misting with an atomiser over the plants with water from time to time will also clean the surface and allow them to use carbon dioxide drawn in through the pores of the leaf. This is essential for healthy plant growth. Most plants like to spend some of their time outside so perhaps it is worth alternating your plants from inside to outside on a rotational basis. During the warmer months it doesn’t to send your plants on a holiday to a shaded verandah for couple of weeks. This will usually invigorate them and when the come back they come back they’ll knuckle down and look good for you longer. Most House plants are like us they don’t like been left outside on a cold night so don’t put them out during winter or you might find they’ll go to plant heaven (The compost heap).
Repotting is really a subject on its own and it is certainly a matter that needs advice and assistance from your GREENGOLD Garden Centre. It is certainly not hard but different plants have different requirements. Quality soil is absolutely essential for good growth in House Plants using an inferior potting mix is like trying to drive your car with one flat tyre, it might still go but it won’t get anywhere. African Violets and some other House Plants do need their own special soil. Most repotting is carried out in the warmer months i.e. September to March inclusive but in most cases you can pot a plant when you’re both ready as long as your careful. Most House Plants do not grow very quickly. Generally you would only pot them from one container up to the next size e.g. from a 15cm pot to perhaps a 17cm or maybe a 20cm pot. It is always a good idea to water your plant before repotting with GREENGOLD Plant Starter and again afterwards to encourage new, healthy roots. The diagrams to follow will give you some idea of how to repot. Below is a list of some the more popular house plants we have available it may sound a bit of a mouthful but it should give you an idea of some of the many options available: African Violets, Impatiens, Begonias, Cyclamen, Streptocarpus, Zygocactus, Primula obconica, Kalenchoe varieties, Chrysanthemum, Poinsettia, Summer Love, Anthurium, Calceolaria, Columnea, Gloxinia. Plants that tolerate low light: Spathiphyllum, Philodendron varieties, Ferns, Palms (certain varieties) and Dracaena. N.B. If in doubt about repotting always consult your GREENGOLD Garden Centre.

Throw away House Plants: Many House Plants (particularly flowering ones) should be treated as disposable or throw away plants. Treat them like a bunch of flowers. If they cost you under $10 and you get at least 4 to 6 weeks of pleasure, then you've had good value. We’ve all seen it, the plant that looks terrible and never seems to do anything. Many people seem to persist with plants that have past their use by date. If it cost you less than $15 and lasts more than six weeks then it’s still cheaper than a bunch of flowers. It takes nerves of steel to throw away a plant that’s still alive (and in most cases barely) but chances are once a flowering plant has past it’s best the thing to do is throw it out and get something else in that looks good.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

IN THE NEWS: from The Free Dictionary

For Some Patients, Seeing Is BelievingA new study found that patients who see pictures of the plaque accumulation in their own arteries are more likely to adhere to a treatment regimen. Patients in the study had their arteries examined by electron beam tomography; they were shown the resulting scans and informed of the severity of the blockage. Researchers found that the amount of plaque seen on the scan was an independent predictor that a patient would stay on lipid-lowering medicine. More on the subject...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

New: Dragon Tails!


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I am preety psyched about the new development…
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Monday, March 27, 2006

US Census Press Releases

US Census Press Releases: "Florida�s Flagler County Fastest-Growing Once Again

Flagler County in Florida, located along the Atlantic Coast between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, was the fastest-growing county for the second year in a row with a 10.7 percent population increase from July 1, 2004, to July 1, 2005, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Flagler, with 76,410 residents, also led the nation with a 53 percent population increase since Census 2000.
According to the estimates, all but one of the top-10 fastest-growing counties between 2004 and 2005 are located in either the South or the West, with Lyon, Nev. (near Carson City), ranking second at 9.6 percent; Kendall, Ill. (in the Chicago area), third at 9.4 percent; Rockwall, Texas (near Dallas), fourth; Washington, Utah (the lone county in the St. George metro area), fifth; Nye, another Nevada county, sixth at 7.4 percent; and Pinal, Ariz. (near Phoenix), seventh at 6.9 percent.
Rounding out the top 10 were three counties in Virginia: Loudoun, near Washington, D.C., ranked eighth with a population increase of 6.8 percent; King George, ninth with 6.7 percent; and Caroline (near Richmond) 10th at 6.5 percent. Another Chicago-area county � Grundy, Ill., just missed the top 10, ranking 11th. (See Table 1. Excel PDF)
Rank*10 Fastest-Growing
U.S. Counties
2004-2005Percent ChangeRank*10 Slowest-Growing U.S. Counties

1Flagler, Fla.10.7%1Chattahoochee, Ga.-6.2%
2Lyon, Nev.9.6%2Liberty, Ga.-4.9%
3Kendall, Ill.9.4%3Lampasas, Texas-4.7%
4Rockwall, Texas7.74%4Washington, Ga.-4.3%
5Washington, Utah7.66%5Norfolk (city), Va.-2"

In Honor of our Warriors...

The Pledge of Allegiance

I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
"Juro lealtad a la Bandera de los Estados Unidos de América y a la República que representa, una nación al amparo de Dios, indivisible, con libertad y justicia para todos."

Taekwondo Code of Conduct El Codigo de Conducta del Taekwondo
Be loyal to your country.Se Leal a tu Pais.

Respect your parents. Respeta a tus Padres

Be faithfulness to your spouse. Se leal a tu pareja.

Respect your brothers and sisters. Respeta a tus hermanos y hermanas

Be loyal to your friends. Se leal a tus amigos.

Respect your elders. Respeta a los ancianos

Respect your teacher. Respeta a tus Maestros

Be honest and always stand for justice. Se Honesto y siempre defiende la justicia.

Be courteous. Se cortes.

Never take life unjustly. Nunca tomes la vida injustamente.

Be loyal to your school. Se leal a tu escuela.

Finish what you begin. Termina lo que empiezes.

Never misuse Taekwondo. Nunca uses el Taekwondo erroneamente.

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The right thing to do.

If any other president would be in power and in command of our troops, I'd also stand by him.
It is the right thing to do. I will explain on my next post why.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Hostility on all sides - World -

Hostility on all sides - World - "Hostility on all sides
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American are blaming their President for the country's tarnished image on the world stage, writes Michael Gawenda.

Stress shows George Bush has aged visibly since the start of the war.
Photo: Reuters
AMERICA is at war.
This is a wartime national security strategy required by the grave challenges we face This strategy reflects our most solemn obligation: to protect the security of the American people.'
George Bush, on the third anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq, now looks and sounds like a president who goes to bed at night and wakes wondering whether, in the face of yet another crisis in Iraq - more sectarian violence, more atrocities, more dead US soldiers - the patience he has asked for from Americans will be forthcoming.
The Bush swagger - that strange stiff-shouldered walk, chest out, arms by his side - is now rarely seen. Bush looks more gaunt, his hair greyer than it was a year ago, the easy banter with the media and with the carefully selected audiences for his speeches, mostly gone. There is little to joke about."

UNITED WE STAND. divided...I say: screw you then, i will still stand with our fearless warrior!

Keung Ye! Mister President!

Getting Attention : High-Impact Websites

I ought to be checking into this... Perhaps you should as well...

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Survey: One-in-Five Workers Lie

by Rosemary Haefner
Vice President of Human Resources
Ever get that sneaking suspicion one of your co-workers isn't being straight with you? Your instincts may be right.

Nineteen percent of workers admitted they tell lies at the office at least once a week, according to's new "Honesty in the Workplace" survey. Fifteen percent of workers reported they were caught in a lie at the office.

When asked why they felt compelled to bend the truth at work, respondents cited the following reasons:

To appease a customer (26 percent)
To cover up a failed project, mistake or missed deadline (13 percent)
To explain an unexcused absence or late arrival (8 percent)
To protect another employee (8 percent)
To get another employee in trouble or look better in front of a supervisor (5 percent)
But be warned: Nearly one-in-four hiring managers -- 24 percent -- say they have fired an employee for being dishonest.

It may seem cliche, but honesty is the best policy. Even if you are motivated by the best of intentions, being deceitful can seriously compromise your credibility with colleagues and negatively impact your career progress. The vast majority of hiring managers -- 85 percent -- say they are less likely to promote an employee who has lied to them or other members of the organization.

The most common lies workers say they have told at the office include:

I don't know how that happened (20 percent)
I have another call to take or I'll call you right back (16 percent)
I've been out of town or out sick (10 percent)
I like your outfit or you look great (8 percent)
I didn't get your e-mail, voicemail or fax (8 percent)
Which ones have you used?

Survey Methodology:'s survey, "Honesty in the Workplace," was conducted from November 15 to December 6, 2005. Methodology used to collect survey responses totaling more than 2,050 workers for this study involved selecting a random sample of comScore Networks panel members. These Web Panel members were approached via an e-mail invitation, which asked them to participate in a short online survey. The results of this survey are statistically accurate to within +/- 2.16 percentage points (19 times out of 20). Note: the sample of 2,050+ included 1,000 hiring managers. The results for the hiring managers alone are accurate within +/- 3.09 percentage points (19 timesout of 20).

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Monday, March 13, 2006

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Saturday, March 11, 2006

From the pad of Bob's Outer Space...

Their is really something wrong - we have a Geography teacher in Colorado teaching leftwing anarchy theory and half our kids can't find their butts with both hands. Just two weeks ago it took me about ten (10) minutes to show on a map the US/Mexican border to a 40 something man who expresses political opinions and votes. In my college geography class at the end of the Vietnam tragedy 1/3 the class could not find Vietnam on a map. We just lost 58,000 dead there. It would take way too long to detail the blind mans bluff committed on the American national landscape. Christopher Columbus had a better world vision than the BMOC sitting next to me who was graduating that semester. God help us.

ps: remember 9/11


The Assault on American Youth
by Oliver North
Washington, D.C. -Washington, D.C. – The last Global Geographic Literacy Survey, assessing the geographic knowledge of 18-24 year-olds in nine different countries – Canada, France, Mexico, Great Britain, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Germany, and the United States – was, at best a disappointment. It found, for example, that only 17 percent of young Americans could locate Afghanistan on a map; 29 percent could not correctly identify the Pacific Ocean; and 11 percent were unable to find the continental United States.

Friday, March 10, 2006

On Smiling...

We may never know all the good a simple smile can do. May no one ever come to you without going away better and happier. May everyone see kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile...Love is fruit in season at all times.--Mother Teresa

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Monday, March 06, 2006

Moving on...

I have moved on. I am taking care of business, not as I would've thought I needed to, but as I now need to.
listening to those around me, some with words of encouragement and support, heeding their advice. Some with words of concern, concern for themselves and their issues...
Stop. Listen. Learn.
These words stuck in my mind since I heard them from a friend sharing about the things that work for him.
Today is a day full of promise, hope and action...
There IS plenty of time...when I live in the now moment. It is eternal living. Here and now. Always.
Sometimes we need plan for tomorrow, but Living is done today.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Up dating my life...

I dislike endings. I am sure you do as well. Today I put closure to my biz website...
It was not really hard at all...I kinda felt relief... Relief from all th eresponsibility that was aassociated with a business that generated some income, but not enough of it to pay my bills...

A new era in the life of Ed is here.

I ran into some health challenges, but am gladly taking care of the situation.

Perhaps my karmic background was such that it all is working out the way it is supposed to...Not the way "I thought" it was going to...

So, all is in Divine Order.

All was in Divine Order, even when I did not know it.

Back again...

Ok, so I admit it...I have neglected my blogs...each and everyone of them...
Anyway, I hope I can come back here and update these as I can and am able to...
I have ran into some health problems that needed to take priority in my life. Thank God for good doctors and dedicated folks in the medical profession!

Today is the first day of the rest of my life...What do I want to do with it?
Certainly not waste it in trivial and superfluous matters...

Monday, January 02, 2006


The pic of Tom Hanks as Forrest on the left here is just part of my emulating FG's character...It has absolutely everything and nothing to do with this post...

Referring to a goal I had set for myself on self actualization...

Self actualization is happening for me in ways I could not have predicted a few months back...At the start of a new year, a lot of people decide to engage in the old fashioned activity of setting "New Year resolutions"...Well, I like to go against th epack on this one...At least for now...Oh, but wait, I can still change my mind and decide it will be good for me to set a few of them...Well, nah... I'd be contradicting myself...right? Well...It could be that my statements are right or wrong, It really does not matter...
It definitelly will not matter 100 years from now...

To turn the topic a little on annother subject, I tried posting a couple of entries onto a couple of my blogs, however that practice did not work earlier today...I will try it again, see if it works this time...

Well, must be the 43T Y2006K... Not working...