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Would you like to be “AS HAPPY AS A PIG IN MUD”?

Finger painting was always popular when I was a elementary school art teacher. Who doesn't like squishing wet gooey stuff between their fingers? When I taught a painting class to the older children they loved to play with their paint trays after they were done, making a wonderful mess out of the remaining paint. And don't get me started on paper mache, always a hit with any age. You could really lose yourself in that gushy paste!

Pigs might love paint or paste too if they had the chance, but they instinctively know that mud is the superior ecstacy.

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Cognitive Therapy for Dummies, Part I

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Cognitive Therapy for Dummies


Now don’t take the ‘dummy’ part personally please! It is just that the whole idea of cognitive therapy seems kind of ominous and complicated and I thought if we could just dummy it down a bit, we all might find it more digestable and then maybe more user friendly.

Cognitive therapy is a rather serious topic for this ‘festive’ season, but you may find that you will need this method desperately during the holidays so please read on.

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My Heroes: Blogging Through Depression with Hero #2

FredericksWelcome to the second in many Mondays of “My Heroes” where I will share with you, one blogger who is doing a great job blogging through depression and inspiring others.

What is a hero to you? The original idea of a hero would have been something to do with super human strength. ‘Hero’ sometimes implies somebody that we look up to. To me ‘hero’ involves someone who tries hard to live a full life in face of  human limitations and hardships. To me, anyone who can continue to inspire others, despite their own disappointments is a hero.

Having survived depression and cancer, and continuing to be aware of the possibility of the  return of either of those, Fredericks gets up everyday and paints and writes and inspires others with his fascination of life. Art became a new passion for him as he recovered from depression.

Fredericks started this blog in his retirement years shortly after he became a ‘new artist’. He was so inspired by his discovery of art and painting that he wanted to share it with everyone! This blog is a delightful combination of information and ideas that inspire this man. Sometimes sharing someone else’s interests can fuel our own.

The blog is called “A Portrait of the Visual Arts in Canada”. And just what does that have to do with cancer or depression? Absolutely nothing and that is just the point. That is how this blogger chooses to use blogging. This talented fellow knows that art is therapeutic and has probably discovered that writing about it is too. He has enjoyed his new-found love of art and enjoys sharing it with others. The blogging gives purpose and routine to his day, a very healthy plan indeed.

These quotes from the blog give you an idea of the kind of commentary, humour and insight you might find here.

Commentary….”Part of the magic of art is that each viewer brings something of him/herself when they view a painting.” You might enjoy checking out which painting he is referring to and see your own view of it.

Humour…”Some artists get all the breaks when it comes to getting their work out there and seen.” You have GOT to check out this post and have a laugh.

Insight…”I see art as a metaphor for the human condition.” Are you curious as to what particular human condition this refers to? Check it out!

Fredericks writes from an intelligent heart!  He brings a broad view to us but in so doing, he can marry your view into his and you can have the delightful experience of seeing art through someone else’s heart view.

My heroes do not all blog about depression. Talking about it is not necessarily therapeutic for a lot of people. But writing this blog is therapeutic for Fredericks and I am sure that those who follow his blog get some therapy for themselves as well.

How about you? Have you found some blogs that you enjoy going to whether they are about depression or just about something that tweeks your interest and provides wonderful distraction for your depression…if only for awhile?  Blogs like this one can become great depression getaways.

Join me again next Monday and I will share another one of my heroes with you. Maybe you would like to share one of your heroes with us? Please do! Tomorrow we will chat a little more about the therapeutic benefits of music, just a dial away!

I am so glad you dropped by today. Join me again at ‘Depression Getaway’ and together we will …

…live, share, laugh, care, learn, discover, forgive and recover.

Don’t give up, I’m praying for you!

Wendy Love

Writing for Healing #8: The Mystery of Language

1208424_woman_using_computerFridays are our ‘Writing for Healing’ days where we take a lesson from One Year of Writing and Healing. by Diane Morrow. You can join in anytime. You may or may not want to look at the lessons you have missed. Some of the lessons are so easy they only take a few minutes so don’t assume this is a huge undertaking. It can be fun and healing at the same time!

Writing and Healing Idea #8: The Mystery of Language

In Helen Keller’s memoir, The Story of My Life, she describes a now famous moment that occurred between her and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, when she was seven:

We walked down the path to the well-house, attracted by the fragrance of the honeysuckle with which it was covered. Someone was drawing water and my teacher placed my hand under the spout. As the cool stream gushed over one hand she spelled into the other the word water, first slowly, then rapidly. I stood still, my whole attention fixed upon the motions of her fingers. Suddenly I felt a misty consciousness as of something forgotten–a thrill of returning thought; and somehow the mystery of language was revealed to me.

Helen Keller made a connection: between the cool stream gushing over one hand and the shapes of the letters traced upon the other:


Do you remember the first connections you made between letters and words and things?

Do you remember, for instance, your first phonics book?  The pictures in that phonics book?  Or any of your early readers?

What about the way the ABC’s looked in your first-grade classroom?  What about the shapes of those letters?  Or the way it felt to hold a pencil and write those letters?  What about that paper with the dotted lines?

Do you remember what you felt when you first discovered letters?  Or what you felt when you first discovered that words and letters were connected to actual things?

Choose one particular moment of remembering.  Perhaps a moment in a classroom.  Or perhaps you were riding in a car and you were able to read a sign for the first time.  Or maybe you remember one particular book from childhood.  Pick one moment or thing.  And then conjure the details of it.  What do you see?  What do you hear?  What do you feel?  Write the words that conjure the details.  Make the words into sentences if you want.

I am so glad you dropped by today! Join me again at ‘Depression Getaway’ and together we will…

…live, care, laugh, share, learn, discover, forgive and recover.

Don’t give up, I’m praying for you!

Wendy Love

My Heroes: Blogging through Depression with Hero #1

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series My Heroes: Blogging Through Depression


Mondays are going to become my ‘depression heroes’ days. My definition of a hero of depression is one who will not give up getting help or being a help; one who refuses to willingly give in to the doom and gloom of this illness and instead forges on to try anything they can to not only cope, but thrive, despite the odds.

My first hero writes a blog titled “Madsadgirl”. She comes from London, England and she writes anonymously.

Here is an exerpt from a post that she wrote after she had been blogging for 6 months:

I wasn’t really sure what I would write about when I first started, except that I felt that I needed to explain what it felt like, for me, to suffer with depression. My depression was not something new, I had been suffering for nearly 10 years, but because I live on my own it often feels as though there is no-one who I can talk to about how I feel, and even if nobody read the blog, I felt that I was at least speaking my thoughts out loud and not keeping it bottled up inside. I have been asked why I called myself Madsadgirl, and all I can say is that it seemed like a good idea at the time. I’m not mad, although there are times when I have doubted my sanity, I am sad some of the time, but there are also times when I am quite happy, and at my age I am stretching a point to call myself a girl, but the name sounded catchy and I couldn’t think of anything else.

This is just a sample of this gal’s casual, friendly, readable writing style. You will feel like you have made a friend soon after you start reading.

Madsadgirl gives some realistic descriptions of the various treatments she has endured and frank conclusions as to their usefulness. She uses her blog as a journal which may or may not appeal to you. But if you are someone who is looking for a place to read about the day to day challenge of depression, with a positive twist, then you may want to visit Madsadgirl.

What I like about her is that she uses hobbies, especially doing things with her hands, to help her cope with depression. I can identify with the therapeutic benefits of arts and crafts. The picture above is an example of one of the whimsical kinds of things she knits while using knitting as a depression coping strategy.

What about you? Do you have a depression hero? Would you like to share that with us?

I am so glad you stopped by today! Join me again at ‘Depression Getaway’ and together we will…

…live, care, laugh, share, learn, discover, forgive and recover.

Don’t give up, I’m praying for you!

Wendy Love

Writing for Healing #7:

1065252_hand_writingI am so glad you joined us for our regular Friday Writing Lesson taken, with permission, from One Year of Writing and Healing by Dianne Morrow.

You can join in anytime. Most of these lessons are easier than you could imagine. There is very little ‘work’ and a lot of ‘fun’.

This week’s lesson doesn’t even involve writing, wait and see…

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Writing for Healing #6: Discovering Needs and Desires

1208424_woman_using_computerWelcome to our Friday writing sessions. You can join in anytime. These lessons are taken, with permission from One Year of Writing and Healing.

Writing is a proven method for healing from almost anything. You may want to review some of my recent writing articles.

For now, here is today’s lesson. Try it and see how it works for you!

“Here’s that succinct sentence again by Laura King, researcher in writing and health:

One could stop right here, right now, and write this question at the top of a clean sheet of paper: WHAT DO I NEED?  Or, WHAT DO I WANT?  Or, WHAT DO I LONG FOR?  And one could write pages for an entire month (or a year) in response to this question.  I suspect this would be life-altering.

Or, then again, one could imagine one is an orphan, out on one’s own, and one discovers a boxcar like those children in the book.  How would you set up your boxcar?  What provisions would you lay in?  What do you absolutely need to survive in your boxcar?  And what else do you need?  And then, if you like, you can consider that which you do you not particularly need but you’d really like to have it in your boxcar—because it would make your boxcar more comfortable—or more beautiful—or just because——”

I am so glad you dropped by today. Join me again at ‘Depression Getaway’ and together we will…

…live, share, laugh, care, learn, discover, forgive and recover.

Don’t give up, I’m praying for you!

Wendy Love

Writing and Healing #4: The Easiest Writing and Healing Exercise Ever


Fridays are our writing and healing days at ‘Depression Getaway’. Each week we do a lesson from One Year of Writing and Healing. You can join in anytime. I hope you enjoy this one, it’s a snap!

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Writing and Healing #3: The Body as a Healing Place


Welcome back to our Friday Writing for Healing exercises where we follow Diane Morrow’s wonderful lessons. You may want to visit that site from time to time. There is a lot more there that I am not including in our Friday exercises.

How did you find the ‘freewriting’ exercise from last week? Honestly, I find that particular kind of writing hard to do, I’m not sure why. Maybe because it seems pointless to me and I like things to have a purpose. But for some I know this can be a therapeutic exercise.

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Depression Waterworks: Part Four

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Depression Waterworks


man_drinking_water_240We have been talking about the positive effects of crying. Certainly if crying is good for everyone, it is good also for those of us who are challenged by depression. We need no longer hide our heads in guilt over the tears that come so freely. We should welcome those tears and their healing benefits.

Tears are apparently not the only kind of water that is good for the brain.

Did you know that your brain power improves right after you drink water? (Jennifer Viegas)

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