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These books represent reflections on life including nature, LGBT+ issues, faith, and even life in the mall or during an election. I hope you enjoy them and find inspiration.

Poems of a Gothic Christian Andrena LeBlanc

  • Tablo
  • December 2, 2015
  • 21 pages

Poems From Younger Days Andrena LeBlanc

  • Tablo
  • December 7, 2015
  • 39 pages

 

Let’s Talk… Let’s Listen

I have gone through so many ways to write this down. I’ve debated between being purely academic to talking about my own experiences. Today it hit me: Now is not the time to pass on interesting information, nor making up a happy go-lucky discussion about my own experiences with mental illness. If it were the time, Bell’s Let’s Talk campaign would not even exist.

Let’s Talk campaign began many years ago by Bell Communications, a Canadian telecommunications company, in order to lessen the stigma of mental illness and finally get people talking about it. Some people call today a marketing scheme, and others call it pointless. For people like me, it is the one day we get a chance to actually talk about what it means to be us. What does it mean to have a mental illness, and what does it mean to put up with people who would rather stick to their own prejudices. Unfortunately, the prejudice ones are often loved ones, including family and close “friends”, and it makes mental illness much harder than it has to be to live with.

That is why I realised the point of today is not about being nice or being objective. The point of Bell’s Let’s Talk is to destroy stigma and actually talk about mental health, and mental illness. I am going to really talk and bring up a real issue surrounding mental illness; no niceness is in this essay, just the blunt experiences. I shall do this without naming names, as you’ll know if what I write applies to you.

My message is so simple, yet so not done with regards to mental illness. This is especially from people on the outside, and especially especially true of people walking the road of mental illness and substance addiction. You ready for it? I am not a stress, but a person.

There, it is that simple. People with mental illness are human beings who are ill. We are not an annoyance, we are not lazy, we are not looking for attention or an excuse to not work, and we should not be labelled those things by anybody. We should not put those labels on ourselves We are human beings who have an illness, not stresses and troubles that need to be corrected or treated poorly. Continue reading Let’s Talk… Let’s Listen

Autism isn’t something a person has, or a “shell” that a person is trapped inside. There’s no normal child hidden behind the autism. Autism is a way of being. It is pervasive; it colors every experience, every sensation, perception, thought, emotion, and encounter, every aspect of existence. It is not possible to separate the autism from the person–and if it were possible, the person you’d have left would not be the same person you started with.

  • Quote from Don’t Mourn for Us by Jim Sinclair  in http://www.autreat.com/dont_mourn.html

 

So Much Death

So many, so dead

Where did they come from, and why?

Why do they hate us?

 

So much death, so much

Young people die much too soon

Parents live to mourn.

 

Some of the young died,

Because their vests hid the bombs.

Executioners.

 

What should we do now?

How can we stop all of this?

Or must more die first?
 

Poem written in response to the recent terrorist attacks all over the world.

What do you do when your Cellphone Doesn’t Work?

The first thing you learn fast when it comes to technology is that is not perfect. Phone calls do not come in, the data does not work,  the speakers sound cackley, and/or the screen has cracks. The good news is there are basic troubleshooting methods one can do at home before hitting the panic button!

A lot of cell phone problems can be solved quite simply. In fact, it is one of the first things tech agents will direct customers to do.

  1. Turn off the phone and turn it back on again. Yep, it is that simple folks. In fact, good cell phone maintenance is to turn it off and back on again.  Battery not lasting as long? Data being a bit slow? Restart the phone!
  2. Toggle Airplane Mode on/off. Phone not connecting to wifi? Voice calls not coming in? toggling airplane mode on/off resets all the radios on the phone, which can bring it back up to functioning
  3. Reset the Network Settings.  Doing this will reset the network settings, and delete the Wi-Fi profiles on the phone. It is a good tool to use if you are experiencing connection issues. This can be done on iPhones and Android phones with Android 6.0. For iPhone go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Network Settings. For Android go to Settings > Backup and Reset > Network Settings Reset.
  4. Change the network bands (ie go from LTE to 3G). Some areas cannot access LTE, for example. Having the phone in that area constantly look for an LTE band that ain’t there can cause some problems. In that case, switch it only connect to 4G/3G/2G or 3G/2G instead
  5. Do a soft reset. A soft reset is basically forcing a phone, or in many cases a tablet, to fully restart. This can correct problems such as a frozen phone or #s 1 and 2 do not work. It can also correct more troubling voice/data issues. Here’s how to for different brands:
    1. Older Blackberrys (Z10 and earlier): Pull out the battery for 5s
    2. Apple iOS devices: press and hold the home button and lock button at the same time
      1. Another option for a soft reset on an apple phone is to reset the network settings. For most iOS devices you do this by going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings
      2. Another option in the Reset List is Reset All Settings
    3. Android phones and other devices where the battery is sealed: Press and hold the power button until it toggles off
  6. Delete and Re-add The Feature if possible. If an app or an email is not working, if one specific contact cannot be reached then what you can do is delete and re-add it. These problems are often caused by a corruption in the specific profile of the email or contact. Reinstalling or readding the feature corrects he problem. Some further tips:
  7. Does the feature in question have its own app? For example, your yahoo email is not working on the default email app, or you cannot upload your calendar to the pre-installed calendar app. What do you do? Well, a lot of them have their own apps for your phone’s platform. If possible, see if downloading its app will correct the issue. Note if your using the webmail for a specific carrier, look up what the email servers are for them. If they are a yahoo or microsoft based email, getting the yahoo or outlook app should also work.