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Bad Day? #NaBloPoMo2016

*taps mic*

Hello?  Is anyone still around?  Honestly, I probably wouldn’t be either considering that I haven’t touched my blog in, um, THREE YEARS.  But, here I am.  I’m sure I’ll have time to catch you up on what’s new with me…BUT, for now, I’m checking out the prompts put out by the good folks over at the BlogHer Writing Lab and trying to follow along in hopes of getting my groove back.  We’ll see.

NaBloPoMo2016 Day 1: When you’re having a bad day with your mental health, what do you do with yourself?

The short answer is sleep.  There’s an Ingrid Michaelson song I love called, “Keep Breathing.”  In the song there’s a line – “I want to change the world, but instead, I sleep.”  This is totally me.  When I’m really overwhelmed; really, really overwhelmed, sleep is my refuge.  It’s safe.  It gives my brain a break from all the over thinking that I’m usually busy doing.  I know it drives my husband crazy cause it looks and feels a little escapist.  But, it works for me.

The longer, and more socially-accepted list includes the “regulars:”  bitching to chatting with friends, debriefing with my hubby, working out (this actually does keep me from acting on secret thoughts of punching people in the face), writing out the issue and brainstorming the elements related to/complicating the issue, hugging my furry and feathered friends, cooking, hugging, wine/alcohol (responsibly, of course), reading, and vegging out on my beloved iphone.  I guess I never thought about the many ways I help myself in times of stress.  I wonder what would happen if I started teaching my students some of these HEALTHY coping strategies.  I know they are not all model behaviors, but if it takes me all of these (and sometimes more), what are our young people to do when they don’t have as many “tools” for dealing with emotions.

Sounds like a pitch for social  emotional learning, huh?  It wasn’t the intended outcome, although I will say, it’s a welcome realization.

Thanks for stopping by.

XOXO auntytriss


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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 340 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Project Purple, Day Plus One


Officially my Project Purple ended yesterday, but I have some unfinished business.

Today I wanted to share some epilepsy-related images and facts that I never got a chance to use, but I still want to share. Later this week I want to show everyone my purple door at work with ALL the facts posted on it and reflect on my all month blogging experience.







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Project Purple, Day 30


On January 27, 2014 there is a bike ride/run/walk that starts at KCC (Diamond Head) that benefits the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii.  It’s called Sharon’s Rideand it honors a woman named Sharon Rosenfeld, a nurse and teacher who cared deeply about epilepsy and epilepsy patients and was killed during a cross country bicycle ride in 1993.  The Silva Family does the walk every year – do you want to join us?


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Project Purple, Day 29

The leading non-medical problem confronting people with Epilepsy is DISCRIMINATION in education, employment and social acceptance.

First off, I know I’m a day late. Secondly, discrimination sucks. I believe this is the reason why many people with epilepsy (and their families) feel isolated – they are too afraid of discrimination to share their condition with others. They would rather just “go it alone,” rather than risk negative repercussions. In the end, that’s the whole point of “Project Purple:” to share, reach out and start to knock down those walls. I stand against discrimination and for Epilepsy Awareness. What do you stand for?


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Project Purple, Day 27

There is a strong link between Epilepsy and depression.  More than one of every three people with epilepsy is also affected by depression, and people with a history of depression are 3 – 7 times more likely to develop epilepsy than the average person.

Acceptance is, in my opinion, the silver bullet we need. When we feel accepted for who we are, flaws and all, I believe depression is less likely. Not true for everyone, of course. But I can see desire for acceptance in my daughter. I doubt she even realizes, but it’s there. Now to foster acceptance – well, THAT is the million dollar question. And until we do we can remember an d foster these: