For misfits

Human Tourniquets And Freaks Who Love Them

March 29, 2013 Communication skills for the crazy

I originally wrote this three years ago. Looking at it again, it’s an important post describing a time when not even best friends were safe from my insanity. I’ve updated it for the present.  Mood music:  TourniquetMarilyn MansonAntichrist Superstar You know the type. They hang  out with people who act more like abusive spouses than […]

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The Boy Scouts of America Acted Cowardly

February 7, 2013 For misfits

Yesterday I opined that the Boy Scouts of America should allow gays into the organization. I suggested that the organization was being cowardly by leaving it up to individual chapters to do the right thing, but a friend disagreed. Mood music:  Shame On YouAerosmithDone With Mirrors Wrote my friend: At a local level, the scouts […]

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Let Gays Join the Boy Scouts

February 6, 2013 For misfits

As the father of two Boy Scouts, I’ve been following this one with great interest: A movement is afoot to pressure the Boy Scouts of America into abandoning its anti-gay policy. I say it’s time to drop this stupid ban. Mood music:  Set Me FreeSweetDesolation Boulevard In this discussion I see a lot of the […]

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Me and My Dysfunctional Twitter Family

May 1, 2012 Communication skills for the crazy

It feels like Twitter has been with us forever. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s still a relatively new toy we’re learning to use.  I see it as my second dysfunctional family. Mood music:  Ace Of SpadesMotörheadNo Remorse Deluxe Edition My Twitter house has 3,262 people crammed into it; many from the information […]

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Guilt Chestnut Number 5: ‘You Never Call’

April 16, 2012 Communication skills for the crazy

In a dysfunctional family few are without blame for the things that go wrong. But there’s one criticism I’ve heard time and again that makes me bristle: “You never call.” Mood music: It’s not just that I don’t call the person who says that. It’s that I don’t call a lot of people. I’ve never […]

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Being A Misfit Is Your Saving Grace

November 2, 2011 Courage

We often come undone when we start comparing our quirk-infested selves to so-called normal people. Instead, we should celebrate our insanity and put it to work for us. Mood music:  Nobody Likes MeAlice CooperNobody Likes Me! I used to despise myself for the things I thought were weird and out of place. The windmill hands. […]

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My Mood Swing: A Soundtrack

October 20, 2011 Coping tools

I’m in a rotten mood this afternoon and I’m not sure why. Various people are pissing me off though. So I’m listening to songs that seem to commiserate with me. Allow me to share: http://youtu.be/PBT5nAqMwvs That’s better.

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Be Yourself, Even If People Hate You For It

October 3, 2011 Communication skills for the crazy

The more I talk to fellow recovering addicts and emotional defects, the more I realize we have one big thing in common: We want to please everyone and be loved for it. Unfortunately, it’s an impossible goal that can lead to crushing disappointment. Mood music: It’s an especially stinging problem in the age of social […]

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Steve Clark Lost His Battle But Helped Me With Mine

September 29, 2011 Addiction

I’ve been listening to a ton of Def Leppard this week. It started when I caught two documentaries on the making of “Pyromania” and “Hysteria” on Youtube. I’m remembering what this band did for me during my troubled teenage years. Mood music: http://youtu.be/DOxHmzO1498 One of the big points in both documentaries is that those albums […]

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Finish What You Started

September 28, 2011 Adventures in writing

Funny thing about people who suffer from serious mental illness: They tend to make all these big plans but never really follow through with anything. I don’t fault them. For one thing, they have an illness. Also, I used to be just like them. Mood music:  Finish What Ya StartedVan HalenOU812 Watching the start-stop-start-thud behavior […]

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