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mental health mondays :: the dangers of diagnosing

when you take a look at any reputable online source of information about mental health, it comes with a warning that anything you read on the site should not be considered a substitute for evaluation by a medical professional. so why are so many people jumping on the bandwagon to diagnose donald trump?

it's not uncommon for people to make glib judgments about the mental health of others, because we think that we understand what disorders entail. when i was working in offices, i noticed a lot of this: an immature and garrulous employee being labeled and partially excused because others were certain he had adhd, or a moody and indecisive boss dismissed as bipolar. [as you can imagine, that one struck me as particularly ignorant and, since i was the audience, ironic.] but in the case of trump, even professionals are weighing in on the subject. no fewer than twenty-seven psychiatrists have collaborated on a book called the dangerous case of donald trump. up to now, it's been unde…
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mental health mondays :: coming soon

i've had a lot of requests to bring this feature back, as in really back, on a weekly basis, not just when i feel like it, or when something in particular catches my interest. and the truth is that i miss writing about all sorts of crazy, whether its my own or other people's or ideas about it or anything that's related, really. and my past posts do continue to generate a surprising number of views. so, this is my way of saying that, yes, i will be bringing back mental health mondays and i will be making every attempt to keep it on a regular schedule.

since the subject has been of interest to me for a long time, i've continued to keep up with developments, which means that i have a fair number of things that it's occurred to me to write on. and since i tend to be lazy and disorganised about things related to this blog, i'm making this post rather than diving right in with a post on the subject of mental health in order to give myself time to go through the thin…

music to my ears 2017

the blog has been sadly music-less this year, but that doesn't mean that my life has. indeed, i've found myself discovering things, and rediscovering things, at too great a speed for me to keep up with. every time i get a handle on something and want to write about it here or elsewhere, i seem to get distracted by something else. and then i go back to listening to things that i don't feel i explored in proper depth. thus does my musical self hang in a perpetual sort purgatory.

one of the biggest musical highlights of the year was actually a live show: severed heads performing at la sala rosa. not only was this an opportunity to see a long-admired favourite, but it turned out to be very close to perfect in terms of the selection of songs played. i didn't get to hear my very favourite song ["guests" from city slab horror], but that's not surprising, given that it's an obscure album track. everything else was dizzyingly satisfying.

immediately in the wa…

i did what you see there :: the state of the blog, 2017

last year, i started off this post by noting that i'd done less blogging in 2016 than at any point since 2010. and apparently, my only reaction to that statistic was to blog even less in 2017. in fact, i've scaled back my writing activities in general, which is not a happy occurrence, although i'm happy that part of the reason for this was because i had more paying work that took up my time. i also had a move mid-year that took a lot of time in the build-up and a surprising amount of time to get settled. [i say that like it's something that is done with. it really isn't.] there were a few health concerns thrown in there that made it difficult to work regularly. multiple sclerosis continues to wreak havoc with dom's health, although the move and some other changes have helped a lot in that regard. quite honestly, my own battles with mood and depression have been worse in the last year than they have been in a long time, which has definitely had the effect of lim…

presidenting is hard :: full stop.

it's been a while, donald, but i'm back again, to give you a few pointers on how you can pretend just a little bit that you know how to do the job that you've been tasked with doing. i feel like there's a lot you need to learn, none of which i'm qualified to teach you, but you're veering so far off course that i feel like someone needs to at least nudge you back towards the right direction before you end up getting all of us killed with your twitter account. [and i say "us" in this situation, because, although we are proud of having nothing to do with your victory, we canadians know that bombs, like you, are not as smart as they like to think they are, and therefore anything you do to rain shit on american heads is going to blow back on us.]

it's quickly drawing to the end of your first year in office. you are the least popular president of all time after a year, although i guess that means that you're winning at something. and while you'…

making faces :: on mute

oof. i have no idea how i managed to go this long between blog posts. although i've generally slowed down the frequency of my posting here in the past twelve months, this is straying from "measured" into "derelict". and it's not like i don't have things to say. it is a matter of not necessarily having things to say when i have the time to say them, but that's a whole other thing.

i have, in particular, had a bunch of beauty posts that i've wanted to attend to, but just haven't gotten around to them. for instance, i had originally planned to do a feature on muted lip shades as an appropriate option for fall, but now fall is all but technically over. nevertheless, i'm doing this post because i happen to think that the entire period when the shadow of death and despair looms over us, also known as the period of particularly low light, is generally a great time to don some shadowy shades.

for me, these tend to fall into the "i don'…

eat the pain away?

nearly twenty years ago, an emergency room doctor took a look at the crushing muscle tension i was experiencing [they were clenched enough that a doctor at my regular clinic couldn't get a reflex reaction on my left side and thought i might be having a stroke] and told me she believed that i had fibromyalgia. a couple of weeks later, i went to see a family doctor that a coworker had recommended to me. when i told him what the other doctor had said, he snapped that i was being ridiculous, because, if i'd had fibromyalgia, "i wouldn't be able to move". after i moved to toronto, i got a new family doctor and told her what the other doctors had said. she said that she couldn't be sure, but it was better just to deal with any symptoms i had one at a time. then i came back to montreal and got a new family doctor, who didn't really buy into the whole idea of fibromyalgia and said there was no way to do any definitive test anyway. that doctor passed away, and my …