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Monday, December 8, 2014

Legends of the Lake, by Philip Nork

Philip Nork has captured the nostalgic memories we all wish we could share. A multi-generational cabin maintained for generations in one family, with stories that become family legends. The good, the bad and the forlorn all make appearances in this story, told with perspective, compassion and empathy in the wings. 

Philip Nork explores what many recognize as the American Dream, and does so with a sense of history, realism and truth. I would recommend his writings to history buffs, family accountants and wage earners past and present who struggled and continue to struggle to acquire the best for those they love. Love is a central theme in his writings, and Nork's stories resonate with its power.

Nork has many other books published, and a list of them can be seen at Goodreads here.  You can also find them at Amazon here. Check them out - you won't be disappointed.

Monday, November 17, 2014

More information on Depression

Hello everyone,
As I write this note, it is cold (36 degrees Fahrenheit) and raining. Not my favorite kind of weather - I much prefer a dry, flaky snow followed by bright blue skies and a clean white cover over Autumn's debris. And I know that the snow will be here soon, and all will be bright again. I have confidence, and trust.

A few years ago, this weather wouldn't have troubled me,  though, as my drive to school at this time of year took place in darkness; the classroom itself was soon filled with colorful excitement of middle school students, and the weather beyond our windows was essentially ignored.

The year I had to retire, though, this weather was very troubling.  I was depressed, and anxious about our financial future, and resentful of the medical prescription for multiple sclerosis that I had been trying to accept for four years of self-injecting nightly, with discomfort, fear and denial of the condition that required such treatment.

Following retirement, I had plenty of time to see additional doctors, was then finally diagnosed with depression, and through trial and error the doctor and I found an effective dosage of the correct antidepressant. It is not an easy determination, but well worth the pursuit.

I had posted a guest essay back in April  titled Depression in Older Adults on this site, and invite you to read that again and see what you might be able to gain from the information shared there. I have recently received an infographic that may help some recognize the reality of their own depression, and seek more and effective treatment from doctors.  I hesitated to admit that a psychiatrist was needed in this journey, but in fact, a psychiatrist is the one who helped me find the correct medication which opened the right path back toward a happy, productive life after retirement. The psychologist that I also found continues to meet with me to help me assess and address ongoing issues through talk therapy.

This infographic was sent to me by Maggie Danhakl • Assistant Marketing Manager of Healthline • The Power of Intelligent Health
660 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107  | @Healthline  | @HealthlineCorp

Maggie asked that I share it here with you, and I am happy to do so.
Happy. Yes, that is what I am now.  No longer a teacher, but a quilt shop entrepreneur,  signing on to medicare in just a few months with the knowledge that I am still able to meet expectations, provided needed goods and services (fabric and quilting guidance) and enjoy a happily ever after long sought.

Here's the link to the graphic that will help you recognize the Effects of Depression on the Body.  Just click on a label that you want to read more about.

Thank you, Maggie, for helping me to keep others informed and actively seeking appropriate medical care. 

Be well, all.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Book Filled with Blessings and Beauty

5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a treasure for all who live and love through life's trials and troubles, celebrations and successes. 
September 25, 2014
This review is from: Remembrance: The Pink Chair Project: an artist's journey of love (Paperback)
It was my privilege to read Lynne's book as a work in progress, and to view her incredible paintings in a showing at a local library on the North Shore of Massachusetts. The book contains the brief annotations exhibited with her paintings, and so much more. The connections between Lynne and her mother, Lynne and her art, and the thoughts and inspirations they shared are palpable within her words and paintings. This book is a treasure for all who live and love through life's trials and troubles, celebrations and successes. Buy one for yourself, and one to share with those you love. It will be the best book you purchase this year.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Depression in Older Adults, a guest blog post

This guest blog post is written by Laura Chapman, who has written an article posted at, and to which she shares a link here in the blog.Thank you, Laura!

"Depression amongst adults is said to be present in roughly 10% of the population. However, a lot of cases go unreported and therefore never get treated. Symptoms of depression in adults are changes in sleep patterns and appetite, feeling hopeless, numb and disinterested, and an irritability that wasn’t there before. Fortunately, treating depression is fairly straight forward and a combination of therapy to find the route of the problem and anti-depressants are usually used to ease the symptoms. If thought of suicide occur, the sufferer should seek professional help straight away."

Living With: Depression in Older Adults

anxietyDepression affects more than 35 million adults each year. Of these, 6.5 million are over the age of 65. In the later years of a person’s life, changes occur that can lead to depression. These include medical illnesses, death of spouses or other loved ones and retirement. Depression prevents older adults from enjoying their lives like they did when they were younger. The effects of depression, however, extend far beyond changes in mood. Patients become less energetic, experience changes in sleep patterns, changes in their appetites and decline in physical health. However, depression is not always inevitable when it comes to aging. There are steps and strategies that older adults can focus on to overcome the symptoms of depression.

Causes of Depression in Older Adults

Health Problems

As people get older, their health typically begins to deteriorate. They may experience severe or chronic pain, become disabled or have surgeries or diseases that damage their bodies. These symptoms can cause a person to become depressed and feel useless.


Many elderly people live alone, usually due to the death of a spouse, have decreased mobility and no longer have driving privileges. These factors can contribute to feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Increased Sense of Purposelessness

When people reach retirement age or are physically challenged, they may feel a sense of purposelessness.


Anxiety over health issues or financial problems can cause one to become depressed. Additionally, as people get older, they become more afraid of death.


When people lose their spouses, friends or pets to death, they may become saddened; this can lead to depression. In this case, the bereaved might consider moving in with family members or friends.

For more on how to spot and treat depression in adults, read this article."

Friday, April 4, 2014

You Tube Book Promotions

When you self-publish a book, you not only write the book, publish the book, reconfigure it for an e-book edition and purchase books for local gift shops, libraries and the like: you also market the book.

Promoting it via local advertisements, local author events at libraries, or book signings at gift shops that are willing to stock your book ... or social media such as Facebook, Linked-In, blogs, websites ... or free copies in coffee shops, or to friends and family with a request that they share it with their friends and families ...

Sometimes, the marketing gets in the way of the writing. Sometimes the author tires of it. More often the author's circle of friends and family tire of it. And the books fades into the shadows of busy lives.

You Tube offers authors a way of providing self-promotion that is not intrusive. Video's can be viewed at the viewers' convenience. Weather is not an issue. Allergies are not an issue. Absence is not an issue.

But there are a lot of books out there to be read. And a lot of authors asking for your time and attention. 

My previous post brought my characters, Helen and Henry to life. This post will, optimistically, bring me to life, at your convenience. 

Our town cable tv station posts its videos at You Tube, which benefits us all.

Will you tune in to my most recent? You'll find it here:

I'd love to hear from you, either here in the comment section, or via email at

If you want to meet me in person, visit Buttonwoods Museum in Haverhill, Massachusetts tonight at 6 pm for a poetry reading. I'll be there next month, too!

Be well! 
                            ~ Terry

ps - if you've lost my book shop link, it's here.
Oh - the Amazon link: that's here, too.
And you can always stop by the shop to pick some up.