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March 1998


Weave Through Homespun

Thanks for joining us...pull up your

brew your favorite cuppa kick back and enjoy...

  • Our 9 to 5 - What IS collaboration?? Any changes in the Mental Health scene??
  • The Rest of Our Day - Computers, camping, canoeing, model railroading...
  • Hot Topics - Who should marry? Human Rights, philosophy, depression, womyn's issues, Inspire Me Promotions...
  • Homespun Weavings - poems, short essays... look below!

    Enjoy life to it's fullest, grab every opportunity,
    and be at peace with yourself!

  • Our 9 to 5
    Margie coordinates FACES- Family Action Collaborative of Olmsted County. FACES is a partnership of government, non-profit and business stakeholders who deliver human services to families with kids 0 to 18 yrs. Click FACES to learn more than you'll ever want to know about FACES. And send me your comments for a lively discussion on the merits of Collaboration as a process!

    Jo is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic. She is busy working on breaking down the stereotypes associated with mental illness, advocating for better mental health coverage and fighting for the rights of those who suffer from mental illness. Leave your comments on mental illness for an on-going dialogue.

    Homespun Weavings
    Here's a poem I wrote several months ago while my partner was in the middle of the second struggle with Depression and Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT). I was grappling with a myriad of emotions- anger, frustration, fear, questioning. If you've ever delt with depression or walked with a loved one who suffers from this horrible, yet curable, disease I'm sure you can relate.


    You can't put it in a suitcase, although you'd like to-
    ship it off somewhere, anywhere, as long as it's not returned to you with insufficient postage.
    Maybe it could be lost in the baggage department at the airport,
    or ANYTHING- just get it out of here- NOW!
    Ha, you laugh...easy to say...but no can do.

    Cause you can't put it in a suitcase and send it off,
    anymore than you can wrap it up and mail it to the ends of the earth,
    anymore than you can expect an instant cure from the doctors.

    So, you sit and watch it creep into the one you love
    creep so slowly you hardly notice-
    It's not until you realize your brain is replaying the same old guessing games-
    I know it's nothing she ate, it's not the weather is it? radon in the house?
    and if you're not careful you'll get caught up in the vicious psychosis.

    Quick, did you catch yourself in time?
    Why didn't she?
    It's here again and you can't pack it away in a suitcase and put it in the shed.
    So you slip into autopilot, mark the days by the appropriate treatment number
    and wait for the magic DAY OF RECOVERY...ending of the Electro Convulsive Treatment
    AND the beginning of the next normalcy. (MW 11-11-97)


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    Links worth checking out...

    Angelfire - Easiest Free Home Pages
    CommunityNet-I&R and more for So. MN
    FACES-Family Action Collaborative,Olmsted County MN
    Make the Peace Initiative
    Girls Can Be Anything...except Roosters
    Wearable Mamas! What the hippest mamas are wearin'!
    Inspire Me Promotions Web Site
    Libby Roderick's (Singer Extraordinaire) Web Site
    Cosmic Woman Site


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