Good morning dear readers!
Well, a lot has been going on lately, I hope you all forgive me for not posting. One of the things I have been doing is teaching Poetry in the park near my house. I have been publishing a few essays lately, and if you wish to read them, the links are below:
Op-ed piece on stigma and mental illness:https://thenewsstation.com/my-war-on-mental-illness-can-be-won/
Personal essay regarding my mental health journey:https://oc87recoverydiaries.org/schizoaffective-disorder-and-anxiety/
Of course, my latest book is still available free on the website, just click on the photo of the Tower Bridge for your copy.
I have to admit to you, dear readers that my mental health hasn’t been the best lately. I have been having trouble getting to sleep and more trouble getting out of bed. Added to that, I have been noticing a trend towards letting little things irritate me, and getting stuck on memories from the past that I really shouldn’t let affect me.
I think a lot of the blame for this present state is that I have been relying more and more on sleep aids to get past my insomnia. In a way, this convoluted schedule has been helpful, I sleep most of the day away, then grab my iPad and start searching for places that accept essays that fit what I feel I am good at, then most of the hours of my day are spent writing, editing, running the piece through Grammarly, then editing again and then reading through the whole piece one last time before sending it. Even this gruelling process doesn’t always make the piece of writing perfect. I miss things a lot. I have almost been longing to do more writing here on my blog because I can just write from the heart or soul, and share things that are important. I usually do proof read my blogs, but just once. I have been so amazed at the support I have been getting.
I don’t know how much I talked about it, but I recently sold my car. It was an interesting story how I sold it, so I will relate it to you here. Someone contacted me and said my price was good and that they were going to have their associate send me a cheque and then pick up the car. A lot of warning bells were going off already. Why would a third party need someone else to send a cheque? Why a cheque and not transfer? He said the car was going to be a gift for his father, but my car was a luxury sport sedan with a 290 horsepower engine. More and more things started sounding fishy, but I was anxious to sell the car quickly. This person’s associate sent me something he called “an e-cheque” which was just a scan of the front and back of a random cheque he found somewhere. It was a cheque drawn from a business account, so I first said that I wouldn’t release the car without the cheque clearing, then said that I needed some kind of evidence that this person had authority to draw cheques on this account.
It was going to take at least a few days for the cheque to clear and someone contacted me about the car after who was willing to pay full price, in cash. I didn’t like the idea of dealing with over $5,000 in cash, but I told him if he came right away, the car was his. He did, I sold it and I never heard a peep from the first guy. Today I picked up my mail and it had a cancellation notice from my bank. I was a little freaked out that I had almost fallen for what to me seemed like serious fraudsters, but so far nothing else has come of it.
One of the things that kind of freaks me out about this incident is that fraud seems to be coming from every direction. The same week this car business went on, I answered an ad that said I could buy a new PS5, a very sought-after game system, for just $400. They sent me a tracking number and I watched the package go from China all the way to the US, and on to Alberta. I waited quite a long time and was excited at the possibilities in getting this system. When it arrived, it was a very small package and inside was no printed material, just a name tag for luggage and a strap to fit it onto a suitcase. I just could not believe that someone could be so blatantly deceptive and just not at all care about lying, cheating, stealing, defrauding someone.
Well dear readers, I hope this gives you some insight into watching out for things that sound too good to be true. The only thing a person can really count on is honesty and hard work if they want to truly get ahead. Thanks for tuning in, hope to chat further soon!