On Being Diagnosed

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I wrote this piece a fair number of years ago. It’s just a sketch of what i went through on my first visit to a shrink to try to get help for “my problem”. This was about a year after I got sober. Life was not going well at the time. She sat there reading a year old Time magazine. She was too thin and had dark circles under her eyes. There was something stretched … The Story Continues…

Catching Up

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I’ve been going through a bit of a hard time OCD-wise the last month or so. It’s always harder in the winter. Part of that is simple uh, logistics. In the winter there is more clothing to deal with and that’s a lot more stuff to get “contaminated”. I gave up long ago trying to wear gloves. There is just no way to deal with them and contamination. So my hands tend to get pretty … The Story Continues…

In the Beginning

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“There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.” Graham Greene. In The Beginning [This article originally appeared in Kidscope, the OC Foundation newsletter for children, in January of 2001] In the beginning… Summer was here, that glorious time when school was a distant memory and endless days of sun and sand lay ahead: September and the return to books and rules, a vague discomfort somewhere over the … The Story Continues…