Author Archives: laurie

 My Name is Laurie

My name is Laurie and I have bipolar disorder. This is a blog I’ve wanted to write for some time but did not have the courage. Why now I wonder. Maybe it’s because I just had another birthday and another year in the shadows after a lifetime with this illness. Some friends here at Senior […]

 A Horse is a Horse, of Course, of Course

For thousands of years horses have been both our faithful companions and hardworking partners. From newborn foals taking their first brave steps to venerable elders quietly grazing in well-earned pastures, they are noble creatures of grace and beauty who always win our hearts. Here are a few famous examples of this majestic animal. Hideaway’s Erin […]

 A Poem for Peace on 9/11

Give Us Our Peace Give us a peace equal to the war Or else our souls will be unsatisfied, And we will wonder what we have fought for And why the many died. Give us a peace of accepting every challenge – The challenge of the poor, the black, of all denied, The challenge of […]

 Joan Rivers, June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014

The funeral of Joan Rivers in Manhattan today was both wildly funny and deeply moving, much like the lady herself. The world has lost a courageous pioneer who paved the way for so many women comedians who came after, as well as a tireless supporter of HIV/AIDS activism and many other worthy causes. Following are […]

 A Labor Day Story

(from Joe Hill (1879-1915) A songwriter, itinerant laborer, and union organizer, Joe Hill became famous around the world after a Utah court convicted him of murder. Even before the international campaign to have his conviction reversed, however, Joe Hill was well known as the author of popular labor songs and as an Industrial Workers […]

 Concerning Birds

Scientists are generally agreed that birds are the only living direct descendants of the dinosaurs. It is difficult to imagine a world without their endless variety and brilliantly colored plumage. They grace the sky with flight and fill the air with song. Here are the stories of some remarkable feathered friends. Gertie the Duck is […]

 Regarding Cats

Mysterious, elusive and beautiful, cats have also been our faithful companions for thousands of years. They shower us with their affection, charm us with their curiosity and delight us with their playfulness. This is a selection of notable felines: Room 8 (1947–1968) was a neighborhood cat who wandered into a classroom in 1952 at Elysian […]

 Dog Stories

Dogs are unique and wonderful creatures. They are unmatched in loyalty, bravery and devotion. No task in the aid of humanity is too much to ask of them. Here are just a few examples of some inspiring canine heroes. Hachiko, an Akita who became a symbol of loyalty in Japan, is now honored by a […]

 A Personal Reflection

When a beloved public figure such as Robin Williams or Philip Seymour Hoffman dies tragically as a result of one or more of the devastating afflictions of mental illness or substance addiction, the world rightly mourns his or her loss. There is always a flurry of attention in the media paid to these terrible problems […]

 Robin Williams: In Memoriam

O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done; The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won; The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring: But O heart! heart! […]