Category Archives: Memories

Happy Christmas And A Merry New Year… Or Something

We didn’t celebrate Christmas when I growing up. I knew about Jesus and Santa from school, of course, but one of my earliest memories is listening from the top of the stairs while my father argued with some other member … Continue reading

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My Bipolar Origin Story Because We Should All Have At Least One

Most of us have an origin story. The first time we heard a diagnosis that made sense, that explained and even justified our behaviour, that gave us something to fight against. Something that just made sense. Mine came when I … Continue reading

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Bonding Part One: Two Choices She Made That Made Me

Even though I lived with her, I didn’t know who my Mother was until I was eight-years old. That was one of the main rules of the Commune / Collective / Cult I grew up in: the kids are everyone’s … Continue reading

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The First Quintin Update: Un Deux Trois Four

I woke up one morning not too long ago to my youngest son singing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ in his room. Quintin just turned four-years old, and there he was, laying in his bed, barely awake with the blankets bunched … Continue reading

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No Post Day | First Tune

When we escaped from my father, we moved into a small two-bedroom apartment over a gas station. My memory on this is a little sketchy, but one of the things we ended up with was a cabinet record player: it … Continue reading

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Proof Of The Life Of Brian And How It Saved Mine

I have a large collection of Blues music, but it came to me mostly by accident and from only one source. At the beginning of my College journalism program we were assigned a local celebrity. We had three months to … Continue reading

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