Friday, April 18, 2014
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John McManamy's Posts

The Dating Game: The Thrill of Victory, the Agony of Defeat

Time for some comic relief. In the novel I’m working on, one of my characters insists that our only purpose in life is to make God laugh. God, in effect, sees the banana peel we are about to slip on. My past week is a case in point ...   In February, with great trepidation, I returned to online dating. A very happy relationship I had... Read moreChevron

Police Shootings of People with Mental Illness - This is a Growing Problem

This post has very disturbing content. It involves a recent police shooting and killing of a homeless man with mental illness.     On March 14, Albuquerque police were involved in a stand-off with James Boyd, 38, who had been camping in the foothills outside of town. Mr Boyd, who was contending with schizophrenia, had a history of... Read moreChevron

Ecclesiastes: Your Timeless Bipolar Recovery Tool

The other day, I was on the phone with one of my “manic mafia.” My manic mafia are people I can talk to, who don’t go all funny on me when I happen to mention the challenges of dealing with life in 18 or more syllables in a world that can’t see past 17.   So anyway, my friend - let’s call her Sarah - happens to... Read moreChevron

Hormones and Human Behavior: I Secrete, Therefore I Am

In an online lecture, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky asked his Stanford students what behavior looks like. If we look back a half a second, we are talking of the world of neurons and circuitry. This world gets most of our attention.   But, says Dr Sapolsky:   Just as we are about to get happily settled into that bucket, we push back a... Read moreChevron

April Fools' Ruminations: A Funny Thing or Two About Bipolar

Here is my April Fools' story. This morning, April 1, I checked my Facebook feed. Someone mentioned it was World Bipolar Day. This didn’t sound right. Then I noticed the post was from two days ago.   Then it occurred to me: April Fools' would be a great day for a World Bipolar Day. I’m no big fan of special days or weeks or... Read moreChevron