by Lillian Csernica on Thursday, November 23, 2017
Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S.
Today is also my son John’s 19th birthday.
Today my oven is out of commission (and has been for about two weeks). We shall be dining at the Ideal Fish Company down by the Santa Cruz Wharf. It promises to be quite a feast.
Today I have written 1865 words of my new fantasy novel for #NaNoWriMo. I just finished, as a matter of fact. Now I can go eat dinner and party, having made today’s quota.
Today I am marinating in gratitude. It’s been a rough year. No matter what kind of day I’ve had, I can come online and find people on Twitter, on Facebook, at the games I play, and here on my blog. Kind people, funny people, sincere people, people with good hearts and sharp minds and dazzling powers of creativity.
Thank you to all of you who read this blog. Thank you for your supportive comments, for your reblogs, for all the ways you help me feel like I really am part of a community. All the hard work I struggle to accomplish really does mean something.
Thank you. God bless you. I wish you all the best.
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by Lillian Csernica on May 3, 2017
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. I live with Major Depressive Disorder. I take medication and I’m in cognitive behavioral therapy. There are a lot of blogs and articles and opinions out there right now about mental health, what it is and what it isn’t. I came across this particular article and was struck by how much sense it makes.
6 Things the Internet Gets Wrong About Mental Illness
Please read this article. People don’t believe me when they find out I have chronic, clinical depression. They see me writing and making sure my sons have what they need and they think I’m hanging in there despite all the stress. That’s because I’ve learned how to pass for cheerful in our relentlessly perky social culture. The fewer assumptions people make about those of us who suffer with any kind of mental illness, the sooner we’ll reach that point of compassion and support these articles might easily sabotage.
Thank you for listening. Remember, you are not alone.
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I’m sitting here crying. The family of a friend of mine has lost a little girl. There was an Amber Alert out for her, but the authorities didn’t find her in time. This loss, on top of France and Dallas and the rest of 2016, is just too much. I’m reposting this blog in the hope that these stories provide some inspiration and perhaps even comfort.
Hopes and Dreams: My Writing and My Sons
by Lillian Csernica on August 16, 2014
It has been a long and difficult week all over the world. So many losses. So much upheaval. I’ve seen a lot of information out there about depression and how to cope with it. I’ve seen a lot of really stupid remarks by people who have no idea what it’s like to live with the big Black Dog day in and day out, to go to sleep (if you can) with the Black Dog sitting on your chest and then wake up to it gnawing on your heart.
One suggestion I’ve heard several times is to go do something for other people. Get out of your own head, away from your own life, and help somebody who needs it. You could make all the difference. With that in mind, I’d like to share seven events from my life, seven moments where the kindness…
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by Lillian Csernica on March 11, 2016
Three years ago today I began my adventure into the world of blogging. I have met many delightful people in the course of reading comments here and leaving my own replies on other folks’ blogs. The A to Z Blog Challenge is coming up next month. I look forward to participating once again. This is a wonderful way to meet new people and learn interesting tidbits about a wide variety of topics.
As the sign says, on Monday, March 21, all of us who are participating will be declaring the zany topics we’ve chosen. The first year I participated, I chose writing terms. For the second year, unusual items made from chocolate. Last year I came up with 26 really bad sword & sorcery movies. This year? I shall be exploring one of my favorite subjects. Be here on the 21st for the big unveiling!
Let me offer a deep and sincere thank you to every single one of you who has been kind enough to stop by, take a look, and even leave some comments. It means so much to me. That sounds corny, but it’s true. We may never meet face to face in this life, but even so I am so glad to have the opportunity to share ideas with you and hear what you have to say.
Life with my two sons can often be difficult to the point of heartbreaking. I thank you also for all your prayers, kind thoughts, and good wishes as my boys and I have made it through one of our more difficult years. God bless you for giving me some virtual shoulders to lean on when I’ve been in serious need of support.
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