Pastor Danny Is That You?

I wrote the following quite a while ago.  Today I am clearing out my drafts and decided to release the hounds.  I really did get a prank call the day I wrote this post. The call really did freak me out.  But I was not scared off.  You guys are stuck with me.  For better or worse remember?  No wait, that’s just Billy Bob 🙂

I got a prank phone call today. That has not happened in forever. If I think about it, the last one I got was back in the old days circa 1985-86 when we had a landline. I used to get calls regularly from an old lady whose daughter had our number before we did.  I always talked to her because it was so sad.  She was trying to get her daughter and thought I was her.  No matter how I tried to explain, she’d prattle on.  I’d even answer her “yes mama”.  I wonder whatever happened to her.  I don’t consider that prank calls though, I’m just musing and rambling.

Does anyone remember calling up people randomly and asking:  “Is your refrigerator running? Well you better go catch it.”   Or calling a grocery store and asking: “Do you have Prince Albert in a can?  Well you better let him out!”  For you youngsters, Prince Albert was pipe tobacco.  Those calls were harmless fun right?

I hope that is all today’s call was too. For the caller who asked to talk to Billy Bob, he is not real.  The person Billy Bob is based on shuns all social media and when I tell him about this, he’ll say I should shun all social media too. And I just may.  I’m on the fence as they say.  Or as a technical dweeb, I might just need to get someone to assist me with my privacy settings.

It doesn’t help that I am reading Revival by Stephen King.  I’m already jumpy enough as it is.  Hello, Pastor Danny, is that you?? Great now I’ve got chills.  Oooooooohhhhhhh!

As always, more to come.

The Moral of the Story

Hello everyone. Today, Sunday 5/21/17 in the year of our Lord, I am re-blogging my own post in honor of May Mental Health Awareness Month. Self-care, forgiveness, helping yourself first so you can assist someone else. One in Five. And to think there are still people out there who think mental illness is not really an illness but rather a sign of weakness. Suck it up buttercup my a$$. For example, there was (by some) a vitriol reaction to Chris Cornell’s suicide. No sympathy much less empathy. Jesus wept. He would be so ashamed of YOU! Those of YOU who judge.

J-Dub's Grin and Bear It

I heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend who…  And no this is not a REO Speedwagon sing along song of the day. No one’s been messing around.  Wait!  Go back! Click the link and listen.  See what I did there?  Enjoy the song styling of Pit Bull and Mr. Iglesias.  Hehe! Now move forward to this stream of consciousness composition.

I do not think I am breaking any copyright laws in my attempt to paraphrase a story told to me recently.  And before I proceed, I better know I am not breaking the law.  Ignorance is bliss but Ignorantia juris non excusat or ignorantia legis neminem excusat.  Learn your Latin peeps.  I wouldn’t get off scot-free.  Anyways, I Googled the crap out of the tale and came up with zilch.  Breaking the law.  Squirrel.  JUDAS PRIEST!!!!!!!  one of my faves.  Especially the…

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month – Mental Health Post a Day in May – May 21 – ECTs

This treatment intrigues me. I am torn regarding my personal opinions on medication. I know medication has saved lives and I would not judge someone else path. Check out the video at the end.

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Electroconvulsive Therapy Treatments – ECTs

Please watch the video at the end of my blog post. Thank you.

I am one of the many people who have bipolar or depression that medications do not help. I have tried probably every medication out there over the course of about 24 years and had either severe side effects, adverse reactions or the medications were not effective for me.

Because my bipolar disorder had become unmoored and medications were not helping me, I began having Electroconvulsive Therapy Treatments – ECTs about twenty years ago. Over the course of twenty years, I had more ECTs than I can count. The ECTs were very effective for me and truly have less side effects than medications. I praise God for ECTS and I praise God that ECTS worked for me. They saved my life. ECTs saved my life!

(Coincidentally… Just four days ago I had to…

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month – Mental Health Post a Day in May – May 20 – Alcohol Use Disorder

In memory of my brother. May he rest in peace.

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What is alcoholism?

  • Alcoholism is a disease characterized by the habitual intake of alcohol.
  • Definition of alcoholism is chronic alcohol use to the degree that it interferes with physical or mental health, or with normal social or work behavior.
  • Alcoholism is a disease that produces both physical and psychological addiction.
  • Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that reduces anxiety, inhibition, and feelings of guilt.
  • It lowers alertness and impairs perception, judgment, and motor coordination. In high doses, it can cause loss of consciousness and even death.
  • Alcoholism is a disease that damages the brain, liver, heart, and other organs (short-term, long-term effects of alcohol).

Signs and Symptoms

Spotting the signs and symptoms of alcoholism is not always easy.

Alcoholism is a disease that can be seen through drinking-related arrests or job loss, but they tend to happen late in the disease.

Many signs occur earlier, yet are…

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month – Mental Health Post a Day in May – May 18 – Self Injurious Behavior

The world threw me a curve ball and I got behind on re-blogging. I know someone very near and dear who struggled with this. Sometimes she still makes fists so tight as to draw blood and will scratch herself. Hopelessness is watching this flawed coping mechanism.

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Please read my blog post titled “Self Injurious Behavior – I did That”

Self-injury (Cutting, Self-Harm or Self-Mutilation)

Self-injury, also known as self-harm, self-mutilation, or self-abuse occurs when someone intentionally and repeatedly harms herself/himself in a way that is impulsive and not intended to be lethal.

The most common methods are:

  • Skin cutting (70-90%),
  • Head banging or hitting (21%-44%), and
  • Burning (15%-35%)

Other forms of self-injury include:

  • excessive scratching to the point of drawing blood
  • punching self or objects
  • infecting oneself
  • inserting objects into body openings
  • drinking something harmful (like bleach or detergent)
  • breaking bones purposefully
  • Most individuals who engage in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) hurt themselves in more than one way.

How Common is Self-Injury?

  • Research indicates that self-injury occurs in approximately as many as 4% of adults in the United States.
  • Rates are higher among adolescents, who seem to be at an increased risk for self-injury, with approximately 15%…

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