Friday, January 02, 2009

Turning a corner

To all who have been coming in the past week, welcome. You are going to find out what I'm about. To all of my longtime friends, thank you for all your support this past week. I had no idea when I started the tribute posts to Suzanne what was going to become of them.

And to Suzanne...Thank you for having such good friends in "Bloggeritaville." I think we will all do a good job of taking care of each other. You won't ever be forgotten. And if there is ever a bloggers hall of fame, you will be one of the first inductees.

I picked up a bunch of new friends this past week. Some of these friends I've crossed paths with before, either at Liquid Illuzion or at authorblog. First new friend I want to introduce you to is familiar to many who come here, Sandy Carlson. Sandy writes several blogs, her main one is called Writing in Faith. She is a very talented lady. Sandy also wrote some posts in Suzanne's memory.

Next up is Betty Ann. She has made several comments here and gave me several smiles. Betty Ann is one of several Al-Anon members with blogs. What I have read of her blog, Diary of a Frugal Hen Without a Rooster, she has tons of advice we all can use.

Mojo contacted me yesterday evening. He wanted me to see his Flash 55. Funny thing was that I had already written a 55 of my own(see post below.) His blog is called Why? What have you heard? Also a good blog to read.

As you have read this past week, my son is bipolar. Bipolar disorder is a very misunderstood condition. I want to do anything I can to help prevent prematurely losing anyone else who is burdened with this disorder. This afternoon I helped my wife start a blog which will tell of her experiences with our son and some of the things she has found out of services available for those who are close to those afflicted with bipolar disorder. In the next few days, I will have her write a guest post here, introducing her new blog.

Now to the new friends I have coming here, in the next few days I will give you a reason to visit my other friends, as I present the 2008 Top Banana Awards. I have some of the best blogger buddies around, and you will see why.


SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for the introduction, my friend. You are part of my blog family now, too. I added you to my blogroll the other day.

I am going to keep my Suzanne memorial on my sidebar as a tribute to her, to her friends, to her family, and to all who suffer with bipolar disorder. May her beautiful smile be what our lives are all about!

God bless.

Brenda said...


YOU are the TOP BANANA!!! I always look forward to coming to read what you have to say everyday. I don't have the time to always get my blog going, but I always take the time to read give your self a big fat Top Banana Award!!!

Have a GREAT day!!!

74WIXYgrad said...

Brenda: Right back atcha! You have been a great source of support this past week. And Kathy's blog is located at

Sandy, my memorial is going nowhere. I do wish that someone in Mississippi would start a Suzanne Horne Bipolar Disorder Foundation.

Ms Hen said... are indeed a Sweet Sweet Man.....a real "sweetie"........ I can understand why Suzanne was good friends with you.

You did help her by being in her Life... that I know is something 'true'

I did not know about her until I stumbled upon Syd's Blog. I stayed up and read her entire blog...what a creative and lovely lady she was indeed. I hope she is enjoying taking photos up in the clouds... of the sun light and all the colors of heaven.

Betty Ann

Editor of the Remember Love Canal blog said...

Cliff I have been waiting for the Top Banana awards. It is always a treat. Are we wearing tuxedos to this years ceremony? I better find the cuff links!

J-Online said...

My sister deals with Bi Polar so I 100% understand what you guys are going through. She is 30 and it has been some hard times. I deal with depression so I too know how hard mental illness is. I look forward to your wife's new blog. You are right, Bi Polar is very misunderstood. I'm glad I have the opportunity to get to know you. The circumstances are just unfortunate. Take care and keep the faith. Many Blessings, Jenn

coltfan said...

I look forward to reading your wife's posts And welcome to the bunch everyone.

Michelle Dawn said...

I'm looking forward to your wife's blog as well as your awards. I will check out the other blogs as well. Have a great day My Friend.

Donnetta Lee said...

Hi. Just found you through Galen (G-Man) and was surprised and saddened to hear of Liquid passing. Had visited her only a couple of times and still do not know what happened. Will look into the other tributes. D

clean and crazy said...

My brother is bi polar as well, I am always worried about him. I haven't seen him in quite a while and wonder if he is alright. I hope he at least has someone like you to talk with.

Anonymous said... you know, my ex-wife is schizophrenic. Mental illness, whether it's schizophrenia or bipolar, is largely misunderstood by the general public. I cringe whenever I hear someone loosely use terms like "schizophrenic", "schizo", or "they're so bipolar." People don't get it unless they're been through it or experienced it with a loved one.

Chelle said...

There are some local mental health treatment facilities that are in Suz's hometown area that I am sure would love to take memorial donations in her honor! Let me know if I can help by getting you some of the information for them. Great way to honor her and help others fight this same battle.

Shellmo said...

Cliff - thanks for the links to your friends - you have the neatest ones around! And I agree w/ the others - you are top banana!

Michelle said...

Hi Kathy and Cliff

I passed your new blog link on my friends. Hope it blossoms, helps and heals.