The Dragon’s Loyalty Award


This award comes to me from Danica at Living a Beautiful Life

What is The Dragon’s Loyalty Award?

The Dragon’s Loyalty Award is an award for the loyal follower/commenter/fan, whether the recipient is a fellow blogger or a blog-free someone who follows and comments regularly.

The rules for this award are:

° Put the logo on your post
° Thank the blogger who nominated you
° Share 5 facts about yourself
° Nominate 5-10 bloggers

This is an award for those essential members of the blogging world who make an effort to read, comment and interact with other bloggers. Among these activities are re-blogging a post that they think will be of interest to other readers, using other social media to promote the posts that they feel are interesting enough to share-and just being damned good people.

One crucial lesson I’ve learned on WordPress is that it’s important to show respect for the people who read my blog by reading theirs.

Without the interaction blogging would be an arid experience.

My gratitude to Danica for being among the first bloggers on WordPress to instruct by doing.

When I first joined Word Press I had a negative attitude and thought I could blog without interacting with other bloggers.

Danica’s warmth and comments on my first efforts were so surprising and different from my experiences on other social media that I wondered why she was so nice.

Eventually, I discovered a network of people who do what they do for the sheer pleasure of doing.

Actions are instructional.

I’m going to keep this quote from Danica’s post because she says it beautifully:

Thank you all!

Thank you to everyone who has read, liked, followed and/or commented on my postsYou’ve encouraged and inspired me and I genuinely appreciate you.

Five facts about me:

Fact one: I shared a cottage in San Francisco’s Mission District with my literary mentor. Most members of San Francisco’s lit scene thought I was his boyish-toy but it was a genuine student/teacher relationship.

Fact two: I’ve never read what it’s like to interact with me as a person with DID until I read a post from thepublicblogger. When I asked my partner if my DID ever caused him to become a nervous wreck he laughed hysterically. That was two days ago and he hasn’t stopped laughing.

Fact Three: I lived in an African-American Housing project in Charleston, South Carolina. My family was the only white family in the entire project.

Fact Four: I know how to make soul food…I’m talkin hoppin’ john, biscuits from scratch and real southern fried chicken.

Fact Five: Guilty pleasure. Cher-Believe (IMO this is blackmail material)

My nominees are splendid people and are not the entire list of bloggers I’ve met and grown to admire on WordPress. Some of my nominees are blog free or may already have gotten this award.

I’m nominating in the spirit of the award. There is no obligation to accept the award.

Here are my nominees:


The Shaming of The Shrew

Strong Enough to Break

Deanne’s World


Looking for the Light


From Midnight to Dawnlight

AshiAkira’s Blog

Send Sunshine


Emmagc75’s Blog



A Momma’s View

Nutsrok (I know your blog is award free. 🙂

Gentle Kindness

Kitt O’Malley

The Neighborhood


Mental Illness Stigma


“What is Stigma?
· An attempt to label a particular group of people as less worthy of respect than others
· A mark of shame, disgrace or disapproval that results in discrimination
· Not just a matter of using the wrong word or action – its about disrespect”

quote from NAMI multicultural action center web site

People with mental health issues sometimes have to put off receiving needed treatment, due to stigma in our culture. Once they are diagnosed with a mental illness, people  have to live with the consequences. There are potential consequences in regards to employment, insurance and education.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990. According to the Department of Labor web site ,The Disabilities Act protects disabled persons in the following ways…

“prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities. “

Interestingly, when I went to the Disability,gov…

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MPD Patient Switching on Command and In Brain Scanner


Whether Dissociative Identity Disorder is real or made-up is an absurd question.

Of course it’s made up.

The brain makes things up.

It can make up a separate persona with a separate network of neurons.

The brain makes up stomach pain in people who can’t cope with anger and a host of other illnesses when it lacks the skill to cope with strong emotions.

That is exactly why my brain made up Dissociative Identity Disorder; I had no other coping mechanisms.

The real question is whose brain is doing it consciously and whose brain is doing it as an automatic response to childhood trauma.

Those of us who suffer from dissociative disorders are sick of medical academics who assume they have the right to invalidate our histories, our illnesses, and the damage DID does to our lives.

My pain is my pain. Is my illness made up?

How about your reality?

How much of your reality is a fabrication of your mind?


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