"Well," by Lisa Kron, and starring Sarah Rudinoff, is at the Seattle Rep. This wonderful play - "a one woman show that stars other people in it, too"- explores the essential question: Why do some people get sick and others remain well? Kron focuses on a time in her youth spent in an allergy clinic, and also on her chronically ill mother, who also happened to play a major role in creating a racially integrated neighborhood in the '60's and '70's. Some of us focus on integrating whole neighborhoods, and others focus on integrating the disparate parts of ourselves. Some of us carry around our bodies like an old coat we forgot we were wearing; some of us gain power and stand in a powerful, strong-thighed stance in the center of a stage with a light shining down, circling in a determined, perseverating manner around a truth that is complicated, and like so many things - unique and the same for each of us - a combination of genetic codes, the chaos of cells, chemical sensitivity, cellular memory, myriad tiny daily choices for years on end, family history, and personal preference. I've never seen anything like "Well" before and highly recommend it, to any thoughtful person interested in this topic, who has a sense of humor. For example, her childhood tormentor shows up in her one woman show, despite her vocal protestations that she is not welcome there. And keeps showing up - to tremendous comic effect - unlike the other things that can keep showing up unresolved for folks struggling with persistent, long-term health issues.
Thank you Carrie Fisher for your mental health advocacy, and for being so brave and outspoken about your own bi-polar disorder.
Here is a little reminder that massage helps to manage anxiety and depression and other mental health disorders that make us uncomfortable in our own skins, along with medication both herbal and allopathic. If there's a lack of serotonin and dopamine, or a need for relaxation and stress relief, massage can help. It can be beneficial to mind, body, and soul, to have massage on your team of treatments.
"One of the things that baffles me (and there are quite a few) is how there can be so much lingering stigma with regards to mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder. In my opinion, living with manic depression takes a tremendous amount of balls....At times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you're living with this illness and functioning at all, it's something to be proud of, not ashamed of." - Carrie Fisher
Pumpkin is in everything this time of year - bread, ravioli, pie, risotto, beer, lattes - and has lots of tryptophan, just like turkey. Tryptophan is an amino acid important in the production of serotonin, which can help stabilize and lift your mood.
Three years ago, the first alpacas and llamas were registered as therapeutic service animals. Naturally peaceful and serene creatures - they exude unconditional love and happiness. Historically, alpacas were usually companions. They provide warm sweaters, have a direct approach, clear boundaries, and an admirable gaze.
"There are two ways of looking at roof-tops. One is from the inside and the other is from outside." -Elizabeth Bishop
"Events arriving out of accepted order are nevertheless arriving in their own order."