Depression: when brain gears grind slow

When people start to feel overwhelmed and lose their interest, energy, and sense of competence for more than a few weeks, they are said to suffer from “depression.”  Several Canadian sources show that about one in five people  are seriously depressed in this way at some point in their lives, and a certain number are “clinically depressed” on the long-term.  So what can be done? Continue reading “Depression: when brain gears grind slow”

What’s in a name: Bible Hill

If all goes well, we will be moving soon to a small town an hour-and-a-half away on the fast road, or several hours meandering through curvy little by-ways near the ocean, through thick forests, along many lakes and farm meadows, until we reach the village of Bible Hill. Continue reading “What’s in a name: Bible Hill”

Welcoming newcomers to Scottish Canada

As a Canadian, and as readers of this blog may know, I have a weakness for all things Scottish.  Mind you, I’ve never worn a kilt in my life, have never tried to play the bagpipes, or eaten real haggis (only had the store-bought version at Presbyterian Church Continue reading “Welcoming newcomers to Scottish Canada”

Useful inconsistency and the police

Another week, another reckless shooting by a police officer.  Another apparently innocent citizen dead.  I know that these instances do not represent the many police interactions with the public that turn out well, but a recent American report found that up to half of all people killed by the police are, in the study’s words, “mentally disabled.” Continue reading “Useful inconsistency and the police”