Why the stigma

Today is World Bipolar Day.   Not really something to celebrate.   Bipolar Disorder and any other mental illness is so difficult for the person who has it and their family.   The thing I don’t understand is why some people feel the need to keep mental illness a secret.  I mean, if someone has cancer or some other disease, people feel they can share that information.  If someone has a mental illness, it is all hush hush.   I have had family members, friends, and even a student with Bipolar Disorder.  If we can open the conversation, we will find that they are people too!


Semper Fi!

According to Facebook, today is Vietnam Veterans Day.  If it was on Facebook, it has to be true (she said sarcastically).  It made me think of my father.   My father was a Vietnam Vet.   He was in the Marine Corps.   My entire life, he never wanted to talk about his time in the Marines, specifically his time in Vietnam.  There was no PTSD, service men and women returned home from their tours of duty and were expected to just return to their previous lives.  My father never saw the Vietnam Memorial in DC although he did go with me to see the traveling wall.  I saw the memorial twice.   It was such a moving experience.   I wonder what my dad would have said if he saw the one in DC.   Semper Fi, Dad, I miss you!

Admission time

My name is Lisa and I’m a bookaholic!   I have read 4 books since we went on Spring break last Friday.   I think I need some sort of 12 step program.  Seriously.   I love many genres, mysteries being one of my favorite.   A friend of mine from grammar school is a mystery writer and I have read every single one of her books. I even had her come to school to talk to my students one year.   On vacations, I have to visit book stores.   I have also passed this addiction on to my daughters.   Years ago, they went to visit family in Ireland for 6 weeks.  They returned with a suitcase full of books.


Sitting here watching the hockey game.  It is killing me!   Gone into overtime.  I enjoy watching hockey but get so anxious when the game goes to overtime.   Playoffs are approaching and every win counts.   Heart beats faster, I’m on the edge of my seat.   The other team scores and the game is over.   Better luck next time Blackhawks!

My Date

Drove to Milwaukee to visit my daughter today.  I brought a date with me.   He sat silently while I drove, a big smile on his face.   He didn’t say anything when I exceeded the speed limit or sang badly to Eric Clapton.   When I went into Mars Cheese Castle (for Janski) , he sat in the car and waited.   I took a picture of the sign outside MCC and he photo bombed it.   I hadn’t told my daughter I was bringing him.  She smiled when she saw him in the car.  We went shopping and out for lunch.  He waited patiently in the car.  On the way home, again he was silent.   My date for today…….Flat Stanley!

Wait, what??? A bunch of randomness


  • Is anyone else tired of giraffe cam?  Maybe she is shy and doesn’t want to give birth in front of EVERYONE!
  • Yesterday, we had a half day, Spring break all next week.  One student was mad because gym class would be cut short.   Um, you get to go home early and stay home, all next week.
  • My daughter got a coupon for buy one, get one free mini bunt cakes.  Asked her where she got the coupon, they had a bunch of them at work.  Why did you only take one???
  • Drove same daughter to work yesterday.  Stopped at Walgreen’s after I dropped her off.   The car next to me had MULTIPLE disposable razors stuffed in the a/c vents.  Wait, what???????

My niece

Went to visit my niece the other day.   My niece who recently turned 1 year old.  My niece who loves to laugh.  My niece who loves to play.   My niece who likes toys that light up and make noise.   My niece who shared her toy giraffe with me.  My niece who has had her entire life turned upside down and she doesn’t even know it.   My niece who lost her father about 6 weeks before her first birthday.  My niece who will never remember her father, my baby brother.