Words of the Weak

Heard in a critique of Hbo series “Vinyl”  “Pastiche” Art that imitates other art. It’s a criticism, saying something is a poor imitation, cheesy or unoriginal.

“Abstruse” Heard in context of presidential campaign means difficult to understand.

“Siphyphean” (heard in context of a critique of the new season of ‘Veep’)  This comes from a Greek story about someone who was sentenced to rolling a big heavy rock up a mountain only to watch it roll down again and again for eternity. In this context the character Julia Louis-Dreyfussj plays always wants power and the presidency, gets really close to it, but never actually has it in her grasp.

“Opprobrium” (heard in the context of an article about disgraced politician Sheldon Silver NY) that it is a harsh, clinging, criticism. They compared it to cat hair on a black coat that won’t come off.

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Vinyl…I knew the news was bad, but not that bad…Personnel changes included in the carnage

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Ok, this is NOT a picture of Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra, in Vinyl, a show about a record company executive struggling to stay solvent ande relevant in a rapidly evolving punk rock scene in 1970’s NYC. \

(This photo is from Boardwalk Empire when he played “Gyp Rosetti,’ a violent Sicilian newcomer to the Atlantic City Bootlegging game run by Nucky Thompson…played by Steve Buscemi-I just like this  Bobby Cannavale photo better, plus I have a soft spot for gangsters).

Both shows had Terence Winter at the helm, who also was behind HBO’s breakthrough “The Sopranos.”  I knew from the silence there was a problem with ratings for their new show, “Vinyl.’ I just didn’t think it had come to personnel changes. But it has.

Veteran show runner Terence Winter has either been fired or stepped down on his own. Someone new has been hired. I don’t care who.

The show is great. It’s just not ‘formulaed up’ as per what makes a ratings winner. It’s not all tight and ‘pat,’ like “The Good Wife,” “Scandal” or “Madam Secretary.” And you probably can’t change that.   First of all,  Cannavale’s character is hard to root for as he more than sows the seeds of his own destruction (before you get into the collateral damage of his wife,  kids, co-workers he’s taking down with him and musicians on his roster.

And the deal with the cocaine and booze….watching him relapse…I relate and I remember. I  had a huge problem with cocaine and by the time I started ‘quitting’ and relapsing…a process that took ten years and involved many separate ‘years’ of clean time….it just wasn’t fun anymore. I was paranoid all the time and still couldn’t stop for good. Despite the legal problems, constant paranoia and eventual loss of a driver’s license. Time to leave LA.

Cannavale’s character in Vinyl, is still having a blast every time he has one.

We like him, but we don’t totally root for him. Cannavale is doing a great job, but when you’re aiming for gritty realism and a sense of verite, which I think the producers are/were, you can’t always make a show ratings happy.

 

So, it’s not good enough to have a realistic, credible, disturbing good time. You gotta put pressure on ’em to come up with a ratings winner too? This ruins everything. Apparently, at the network,  a good time is NOT being had by all, Mick Jagger and Martin Scorcese included.

Trump would Know about That….

 

 

I was at the gym, reading. My favorite thing to do. I read a quote Donald Trump had made about what he thought the inverse ratio of our import/export balance should be, that we buy too much from them and they don’t buy from us. He called it,

“The Greatest Crime of The Century,” and with no disrespect I laughed and thought, He should know about that kind of thing. Border Walls, not so sure. trump

If you have ever had a therapist or a relative not listen to you this one’s for you. And it’s short…heheh

Allison Strong’s a stray kitten…

She won’t leave if there’s food. Clicks are her catnip. Can you throw some wrist action before her fifteen minutes of fame are up? She won’t stop meowing. The link to her story…on bphope.com blog)

https://www.facebook.com/bpMagazine/posts/1359419514083572

Gist…being completely unheard by a therapist… in hindsight hilarious

Dedicated to deaf therapists everywhere heheh

 Photo of a photo

Allison Strong is a former alternative disc jockey and music journalist who lives in Hollywood, Florida and hopes for a couple of clicks outside of her zipcode. We found her in a feral writer’s community.. begging for replies to her wordpress blogs from, “Bipolar Strength: Rebel With A Cause” bipolarbrainiac.wordpress.com. Believe her when she tells you she’ll hunt you down and return the favor.

 

If you have ever had a therapist or a relative not listen to you this one’s for you. And it’s short…heheh

Allison Strong’s a stray kitten…

She won’t leave if there’s food. Clicks are her catnip. Can you throw some wrist action before her fifteen minutes of fame are up? She won’t stop meowing. The link to her story…on bphope.com blog)

https://www.facebook.com/bpMagazine/posts/1359419514083572

Gist…being completely unheard by a therapist… in hindsight hilarious

Dedicated to deaf therapists everywhere heheh

 

Allison Strong is a former alternative disc jockey and music journalist who lives in Hollywood, Florida and hopes for a couple of clicks outside of her zipcode. We found her in a feral writer’s community.. begging for replies to her wordpress blogs from, “Bipolar Strength: Rebel With A Cause” bipolarbrainiac.wordpress.com. Believe her when she tells you she’ll hunt you down and return the favor.

 

My friend Dyane, finally on “The Huffington Post” (not 4 lack of trying, either)….a lesson 2 reach higher

I could not be prouder of my friend Dyane

In a lot of ways she reminds me of me. Not easily deterred. Dedicated to the point where people realize she’s not going away and they are going to have to deal with her and her message. So now, after seven tries, she finally is published by these people in a place called “The Blog” Let’s all visit and show our support by commenting, liking, bla bla so that we, the little people, can help one of our own get bigger5.

My 1st Huffington Postpartum Bipolar Article/Call for Support!

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Greetings, and Happy Spring!!!

Thanks to those of you who read my last birthday post & for wishing me and Lucy a happy birthday! Your beautiful words made my day extra-special! Lucy was spoiled rotten…although what else is new?

On a separate note, some of you know I’m shameless when it comes to promoting postpartum bipolar disorder awareness.

I’d be SO GRATEFUL if you could take time to visit my debut Huffington Post article (this is the link) and “like” it, comment, & maybe share it with your  Facebook pals, oh my!

As far as comments are concerned, almost anything goes, i.e. – “I didn’t know about this form of bipolar – thanks for opening my eyes!” or whatever you like. I ask for your help because the more feedback I get, the better leverage I have with the editors to publish future posts about bipolar and postpartum-related issues. 

Sadly, you must have a Facebook account in order to comment & like, which is a big bummer, but if you use Facebook, you’d be putting it to noble use in the name of PPBD awareness! 😉 

Here’s the link and a BIG thanks to each & every one of you for your support! 

Love,

Dyane

My friend Dyane, finally on “The Huffington Post” (not 4 lack of trying, either)….a lesson 2 reach higher

I could not be prouder of my friend Dyane

In a lot of ways she reminds me of me. Not easily deterred. Dedicated to the point where people realize she’s not going away and they are going to have to deal with her and her message. So now, after seven tries, she finally is published by these people in a place called “The Blog” Let’s all visit and show our support by commenting, liking, bla bla so that we, the little people, can help one of our own get bigger5.

My 1st Huffington Postpartum Bipolar Article/Call for Support!

n-SINGLE-MOM-628x314

Greetings, and Happy Spring!!!

Thanks to those of you who read my last birthday post & for wishing me and Lucy a happy birthday! Your beautiful words made my day extra-special! Lucy was spoiled rotten…although what else is new?

On a separate note, some of you know I’m shameless when it comes to promoting postpartum bipolar disorder awareness.

I’d be SO GRATEFUL if you could take time to visit my debut Huffington Post article (this is the link) and “like” it, comment, & maybe share it with your  Facebook pals, oh my!

As far as comments are concerned, almost anything goes, i.e. – “I didn’t know about this form of bipolar – thanks for opening my eyes!” or whatever you like. I ask for your help because the more feedback I get, the better leverage I have with the editors to publish future posts about bipolar and postpartum-related issues. 

Sadly, you must have a Facebook account in order to comment & like, which is a big bummer, but if you use Facebook, you’d be putting it to noble use in the name of PPBD awareness! 😉 

Here’s the link and a BIG thanks to each & every one of you for your support! 

Love,

Dyane

The Bipolar Disorder Med-i-go-round

Carrie is not my favorite person at all, having known her from ‘friends of bill’ in LA. But sometimes she can be funny.

Our Lived Experience

I wish I could tell you that this blog post was sponsored by a pharmaceutical company, but you know, the medical professionals get the perks, we just get an ever increasing array of horrible side effects and the vague hope of a little emotional stability somewhere along the way. Bitter? Me? You betcha.

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Here’s a list of the chemicals that have run rampant through my beleaguered system during the past 18 months.

Citalopram & Escitalopram – those are two generations of the same drug. The maximum dose you can have before ‘they’ start demanding ECGs, is 40mg, which shrink one felt was inadequate. I hadn’t started using the public healthcare sector then, so heart tests would’ve cost me a bomb. Before the 40mg rule appeared, I was on 80mg.
Alzam – I used it prn and never felt it doing much good.
Quetiapine – my very worst, because I got…

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