Hi, there. Thanks for visiting. I'm starting this blog as an advocate for mental and physical health. I'm a freelance writer and also own a home based medical transcription business. I was diagnosed in 1978 with paranoid schizophrenia and started to become acutely ill three years prior to that, unmedicated, frightened, confused, and in trouble with the law. I graduated from university with distinction the year I became ill. I've never regretted learning how to think at university. I struggled with my illness for 35 years and have reached the top of the mountain now, I think, or the other side, where the grass is greener and the path easier. There's hope for all of us, the whole human race, and never think there isn't hope or joy no matter your circumstances. I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences with mental illness in all its forms: depression, brain injury, autism, schizophrenia, bipolar, anxiety disorders, etc. and your positive experiences as well as those lies and half truths society and even therapists would have us believe about ourselves.

We are different folks, and we are beautiful. The whole human race is beautiful. Let's celebrate life.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Vacation to Southern Alberta

My vacation pictures

 I just uploaded the pictures this morning as we returned home only late on Wednesday evening. There are descriptions, for anyone who's interested. I was gone for three days but it was wonderful and relaxing. I'm taking the rest of the week off work as well. We went to southern Alberta to the Lethbridge area to visit my eldest son. My sister and her husband also drove 2-1/2 hours each way just to have lunch with us. Met a forum friend who lives in Lethbridge as well. Also we drove to Writing on Stone national park to see the pictographs by First Nations People sometime in the distant past. We took a short hike to see one of the most well known, but they're very worn and my little camera didn't pick them up well on the rock.

We took some photos of the University of Lethbridge at dusk and the trestle bridge, which is just across from it. Also saw a spectacular sunset and a jet trail serendipitously in the sky over the sunset before we left. It was getting pretty dark.

I'm physically not as active or fit as I was a year ago and I have to do something about that. I want to take more trips in Alberta and see more of my province. It's a huge area and I haven't seen all of it yet although I've lived here most of my life. I want to hike and explore, and I want to be ready to do that without tiring.

A sound mind in a sound body makes for a very fun time. And I had a fun time this week.

I didn't post the photos of family and friends on public view on Flickr. But I got some nice pictures, and also of my sister's Scottie dog Angus. He's so cute and smart, too--my sister will tell you that!

Moi in front of the trestle bridge--a sprig of flower in my teeth
I haven't taken a vacation for three or four years. I had so much fun I want to do it again soon. Maybe even take the bus somewhere by myself if my friends are busy. And now is the time to lose those 15 pounds.

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