September 12, 2011

Square Off - Monday

Just when you think websites can't get any nastier than that one for married people looking to hook up someone not-their-spouse (Ashley Madison), there's another one where you can rat out anyone you like, real or imagined. Lovely. The internet is such a fascinating tool to use for broadening one's horizons, curing world hunger, or telling the world that guy you met on is a pig.

Join us at 5:30 on CHCH, channel 11.

Oh, and you might want to stick around for the news at 6pm. I've done a segment with health reporter Maria Hayes about being crazy, based on today's column.


Anonymous April said...

Today's column touched my heart, thank you for writing it.

September 12, 2011 2:39 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

No matter how self-depracating you might pretend to be, you're not crazy. Whack-chicko, perhaps. But crazy? Nope. Your brain, at times, works in different ways thaa many; who's to say that's not the norm? Seriously.

September 12, 2011 4:33 PM  
Anonymous buzzwhack said...

I read it too this morning and was surprised. "Crazy" is one of those mega loaded prejorative words we all throw around without thinking about it. I find it very, very difficult not to use as an adjective. My way of thinking on it is the word crazy has taken on a set of meanings that no longer allows proper association with the original meaning. Someone ought to come up with a better name, and for Gods's sake, lets make it better than "vertically challenged" or some other lame-0 word.

September 12, 2011 6:52 PM  
Anonymous Pat Lake said...

A wonderful and inspiring article... we all have our challenges and things that try and hold us back. You fight your demons in the light ... and in doing so inspire others to do the same. You impress me more every day!

September 12, 2011 9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are very brave for putting yourself out there like this. I have two cousins (brothers) who both struggle with this. The first was diagnosed at 21 and the second just a few years later. Very touching article, thank you for sharing as I'm sure it will help others who are fighting along with you every day.

September 12, 2011 9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations for being so selfless and putting a face to something that is so common amongst people, and trying to erase the stigmatism of mental illness is so important and you have done your part. You are very well respected in this community and my heart and my hat go out to you for doing this.

September 13, 2011 11:56 AM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Perhaps there are other 'brave' souls out there who might, in future, post without being anonymous?

Merely a suggestion.

September 13, 2011 12:00 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

In my interview with Maria Hayes on CH yesterday, a piece got snipped. I said I didn't think anyone was obligated to 'come out', as it were. I'd be lying if I didn't say I knew I'd be received well; people know me (well, mostly) and it wasn't particularly brave.

For others, there are a ton of considerations. I wish it wasn't so, but I know it's true. All I know is that I've reached a point personally and professionally where it felt right, and if anyone else can get some strength from it, it was the right thing to do.

Maybe one day it won't be such a big deal, but unfortunately, it still is.

Change happens one step at a time. This was my step.

September 13, 2011 12:14 PM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

"With depression landing within inches of everyone it doesn’t squarely hit..."

I never really thought of that before but you are absolutely correct. So many times crazy thoughts come to mind and I think "well thank goodness Mr. Left Side of The Brain is there to take over because that was just weird!"

Oh... don't sell yourself short. Your light may burn with a different flavour but it is every bit as bright as those others. You have helped many, and that on its own, is brilliant.

September 14, 2011 8:04 AM  
Anonymous Roz said...

I think Lorraine's "bulb" is like one of those swerly bulbs we all over pay for. I think twisted appears to be quite normal for our family. Good that the not-so-secret-secret is out of the bag. My word is "sheroma", sung to the tune of My Sheroma.

ta, ta folks,

September 15, 2011 10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beutifully written article Lorraine. I had to read it a couple of times so take it all in.

As always, Roz has The Knack for commenting.

"plessre" is my word and that is what it is to read these articles, blog and comments.

September 15, 2011 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Roz said...

Plessre sounds like something I'd say after a couple of glasses of wine...

I just want everybody to know that Lorraine's "thing" is no big deal. I've been living with it for years. Go Rainey!

September 16, 2011 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Roz said...

Wait a minute, I mean she's got it, not me, oh whatever.

September 16, 2011 10:08 AM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

So it's not a family thing, then?

September 16, 2011 11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe it is Ozzie. We might have just seen Right Roz and Left Roz in back to back comments. Something to watch for in the future.

"modduth". Now that is a word said after a few glasses of wine.

September 16, 2011 1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for being you! Having been diagnosed with PTSD I feel all of us with 'mental' or 'emotional' difficulties should just be called 'different thinkers'. We all have our own way of dealing, some people just have better filters.

The darling bride

aka Alice

September 21, 2011 8:05 PM  

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