Monday, January 24, 2011


I read The Bloggess regularly, and recently she posted about "coming out" with mental illness.  She shared a story of a close friend who lost her husband to mental illness, and she linked to a blogger, Michael Kimber, who encourages us to speak out.  Here's his video.

I used to speak about my illnesses to anyone who asked, because I understood the need for educating people about it.  What I didn't understand until I got a bit older is that just because they ask doesn't mean they really want to know.  As I became a teacher, I declared myself fully mentally healthy to the public and kept the Klonopin by the bedside.  I couldn't reveal my struggles for fear of never working again.

Now is the time.  If he can do it, if they can do it, if Jenny the Bloggess can do it, so can I.

Someone once said to me that I was the strongest person they knew.  I said, "I don't feel strong. Not at all."  He said, "You're so used to fighting to be strong, you don't even realize you do it." I'll never forget that moment.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

That's All, Folks

This blog brought me great joy in 2010.  Then I got a job that required my every waking moment's attention, and blogging fell by the wayside, along with thrifty crafting.  And now that it is January 1st of a new year, I have to be honest with myself: having this blog makes me feel guilty.  I feel like I should be blogging, then when I make time, I feel guilty for having nothing thrifty to write about. So in the interest of my sanity, this blog is now on hiatus until further notice. I'll come back, one day.  Don't think you can get rid of me that easily. ;) Probably when the school year gets out and I'm not teaching I'll have more time.

Goodbye, and thanks for all the fish!