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Book Review: It's Ok to Not Be Ok


It's Ok To Not Be Ok by Kim Lamontagne is a collection of stories written by 11 contributing authors about their personal experience with mental health struggles.I heard about this book from Cat Davis, who blogs at High Risk Cat.  She contributed the Story "Looked Up", which is the first story in the book.  In her story, she describes her experiences with bipolar disorder, including becoming psychotic.Regarding an involuntary hospitalization, she writes: "It sunk in that I was stuck here until someone let me out. I gave up my freedom when I stepped through the doors of this facility. I was a patient, but more importantly, I was a prisoner. I had no idea that I was about to be sentenced to li...
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Why It Is Important To Be Creative.


I was recently set a challenge as part of my writers' group August blog chain. The topic put to us was a question - Why is it important to be creative? At first glance, the question appears fairly easy to answer doesn't it. However, I struggled to come up with an adequate answer and, for the longest time, I couldn't figure out why. It eventually struck me that I was trying to answer the question by looking outward - as though trying to impart reasons why anyone should be creative. But, that's the wrong way to tackle it. Creativity is a very personal thing and it can take so many different forms. The relationship one has with creativity is unique. It goes then, that any consideration of its i...
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