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Too Much Information

During recess I would cling to the teacher, usually crying over something neither of us could identify. Fortunately, the teachers took pity on me, tolerating my need to be attached like a barnacle until recess ended and some irrelevant subject resumed. School was a distraction from the acute sense I had–even in Kindergarten–that life would … Continue reading



When things fall to pieces, everyone wants to believe friends can be called upon. There are times–pregnancy, cancer, divorce–where pain is time-limited and in these instances friends will step in, knowing their efforts have an endpoint: four or five visits, trips to the grocery store, casseroles, rides to chemo. And then, finally, there is a … Continue reading

bipolar / creative / despair / manic depression / mental health / mental illness / psychiatric / psychiatric writing

Irresistible Personal Ad

Middle-aged Jewish female with virulent bipolar disorder seeks lover–preferably female. Kindness, intelligence, financial generosity put you at the top of the list. What I offer: hot sex, at least for a while; a mind that, when operating correctly, delivers reliable first-class entertainment; humor and despair in equal measure; tears–joyful, sad, and others of unknown origin; … Continue reading

All Things in Moderation–Including Moderation

All Things in Moderation–Including Moderation

As a result of the technologically-advanced tablet–a word, which, like gay, has been redefined, no longer used for aspirins and religious decrees on stone, now the term to describe a flat device placed anywhere to access information, inaccurate or not–what does truth matter?–about anything–I easily identified the source of the above quotation, whose speaker, until … Continue reading