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Crazy House: Further Adventures in Chicago, an into to Henry Darger, (1892-1973), Chicago Outsider Artist

Henry Darger’s watercolors of his 7 Vivian Sisters are so unbelievable, so strange and unearthly like, that is not right to take a trip to Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago where his work is on permanent display, and see it for yourself. Trolling Art Chicago, when it was in it’s... Read more »

Therapy and the Diary, from The New Diary, by Trisline Rainer

Coming up on “Crazy”: Non-Med Healing Techniques, and “The Artists Series, Where Crazy Lives Comfortable with Art” The first non-medical healing techniques is journaling, or keeping a diary. The New Diary by Trisline Rainer, c. 1978 is probably the single most useful way of managing emotions for the mentally wrecked. It is almost 3 decades... Read more »

Paint it Black - the Holidays

There is something about negative thinking that most people who struggle with mental disorders have great trouble with. In fact it might just be the very first thing you notice about yourself when you’re depressed is not that you no longer want to shower, wash your hair, wash your clothes, the fact you are not... Read more »
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Susie, Sackie, Savvy & Cindy, a book review of Madness, a bipolar life by Marya Hornbacher

Mania that starts in childhood is probably the most frightening of all. Yes, it’s like having an insane toddler on your hands who will not sleep because the night terrors are so real for her, it prevents the little child’s need to sleep. The child cannot turn them off, and it’s like that all night,... Read more »

Work in the City that Works

The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair was published in 1910, and it’s as if time stood still in terms finding work in Chicago, working in Chicago, getting by on nothing when you can’t find work in Chicago, and working with a disability in Chicago. A family of Lithuanians immigrants come to Chicago to work in the... Read more »

The Long and Winding Road

Harassment issues again. When they say, hold on, high school is only 4 years of your life (in my case, 3), 4 years of your life is a looong time when you’re a teenager. And the worse of the problem is, especially if you’re a girl, you will meet up with these harassment issues time... Read more »
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April 20, 1999

I will never forget the day I came home from work, turned the TV on, and saw my best friend in Chicago’s high school under a massacre. Brenda was a tough inner city Chicago artist, but that day she was crying and I had never seen or heard her cry. She said her niece’s best... Read more »

Left to Your Own Devices, single, 20, and cursed

Bipolar, how does it feel for you and how do you describe it to another person who has never even heard of it? It has certain features of being under a curse. For sure, there is a root doctor somewhere with a poppet of you being floated over an open flame, incense burning and whips... Read more »

The Daley Plaza

Everyone is naturally is attracted to the fountains at Daley Plaza in the summertime. But when I go, I have an express purpose to go there at lunch. I have an ingrained, some people might call morbid, superstition that if I throw enough pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters into one of the spring- like fountains,... Read more »
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My Friend Tim

If “What Passes for Crazy” had a poster child it most certainly could be my old hometown friend Tim, who, like, died, eleven years ago, right after Thanksgiving early in his 40′s.. Tim was one of those 1970′s teenage kids from a rich home who spilt – or nowadays he would be thought as a... Read more »
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