Blogosphere Angels: Kitt O’Malley & Glenn Archibald

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While brainstorming for today’s topic, I wanted to focus on something resoundingly positive to counter disturbing events that have occurred in my town this past week.  I’m posting today rather than my usual Monday so you can check out these positive resources sooner rather than later!

But first, here’s a bit of a backstory…

On Wednesday I woke up, uber-groggy as usual, and over a cup of coffee I checked out my Facebook newsfeed.  My neighborhood’s Facebook group reported that a fatal car accident a few minutes down the street from my house had just occurred.  An hour later I received news that the high school where I taught received a threat of a mass shooting.  The FBI were involved and the school shut down for the day.  To add to the general sense of gloom I felt, the weather was rainy, foggy and cold.  While we’ve definitely needed the rain, the grim weather was not my cup of tea!

Today, Friday, I wanted to counter the negativity that I’ve felt increasing since Wednesday.  I pondered about what has consistently uplifted my spirit.  I wanted to share whatever came to mind in this blog so you could benefit too!  The answer came while I brushed my teeth: I wanted to write about how the bloggers Kitt O’Malley of California and Glenn Archibald of Australia have helped me this past year.  

When I became a consistent blog reader,  I noticed that a fellow named Glenn Archibald and I followed many of the same blogs.  His cheery gravatar that accompanied his comments popped up on practically everything in my Reader.  I also spotted that Glenn almost always left a compassionate, helpful reply on those blog posts.  The comments weren’t usually that lengthy, but every single one was heartfelt.  

I kept thinking, “I wish I had someone like that reading my blog.  I should start following Glenn’s blog; hopefully then he’ll read mine and comment away!” but I was lazy, and for some silly reason I kept putting such a simple thing off.  

Thank God Glenn was proactive, for he noticed that we were fans of the same bloggers and he began following “Birth of a New Brain”.  At last, I located his “Glenn 2.0: Opinions on Life, the Universe and Mental Things” blog, and pressed “follow”.  Despite the thousands of miles between us we’ve developed a lovely internet friendship.  I never know what topics to expect from Glenn 2.0 – this is quite a diverse blog. His life story (like all of yours) is profoundly inspiring, (and like most of you) he lives with a mental illness.  He has a unique, clear writing style all his own, and it’s easy for me to follow whatever he expounds on even if they’re about subjects I’ve never contemplated.  Thank you Glenn!

Kitt O’Malley has also been a truly amazing contributor to the blogosphere.  Like Glenn, she usually replies to almost any blog post she reads, and her comments have a certain depth and soulfulness to them.  I’ve often thought of Kitt as doing a “blogging ministry” so to speak because she has religious training and it’s beautifully clear that she wants to help others.  Kitt’s comments contain the utmost respect and empathy.  She designs her responses to help and encourage the many bloggers she follows. Kitt’s also honest and she won’t placate any blogger with useless platitudes.  Kitt is the best kind of follower to have, in my humble opinion.  

As an active mental health advocate who recently completed NAMI’s extensive Peer-t0-Peer Course, Kitt has a wealth of practical information to share with those living with bipolar disorder. She also disseminates mental health information through her blog, which covers a variety of topics apart from mental health. 

So there you have it.  Two awesome, inspiring bloggers in recovery, helping others who have bipolar disorder live better lives.  Here’s how to reach them:  

 http://glenn2point0.wordpress.com/

kittomalley.com

Oh, I almost forgot to write, “Happy Thanksgiving!” my friends!!!  Take care next week, be extra-good to yourselves, and try to take a little time out for yourself amidst all the hubbub.  

(Isn’t hubbub a great word?)

XO

Dyane

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23 thoughts on “Blogosphere Angels: Kitt O’Malley & Glenn Archibald

  1. Thanks for the recommendations! I started following both Glenn and Kitt 🙂 Really glad to have crossed paths with everyone 🙂

    1. You’re very welcome, Cavelle! I appreciate your reading this post & taking time to comment. It makes me so happy to know you’re now following Kitt & Glenn – I know you’ll benefit from reading about their experiences.

      I’m loving your blog “Mental Break” & plan to read more of your archives…it’s *that* good!

      take care & I’ll “see” you @ “Mental Break” soon! :))
      Dy

  2. What a lovely tribute! I adore Kitt. She is always so kind and helpful. Her beautiful spirit radiates through the blogosphere, as does yours, Dyane. I can’t wait to check out Glenn’s blog! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    1. Thanks for another sweet comment!!!! Kitt is truly amazing. Glenn is full of common sense and wisdom – he has had such an arduous journey. Happy Thanksgiving…I’ll be rooting for you that it goes really well. I wish I could crash your gathering….in my turban! 😉

  3. great post. you are a wonderful advocate and focusing on the positive is where it’s at. (Of course I had head in hands and was totally depressed about writing “career”, tearing up yesterday.) It’s great to have friends, comrades – like YOU – to have the illness in common with.

    love you, wendy xoxoxoxox Have a happy tgiving!

  4. That’s so lovely. I hear so many stories of the evil of humanity that its good to turn our focus back to the good people that are out there,

    Rx

    1. I know, Rose, believe me, I know about how prevalent those awful stories are! So yes, because of that, I wanted to change things up and feature something uplifting, since I have a (strong! 😉 tendency to whine & obsess on yucky stuff, especially as of late.

      Thanks so much for commenting; I love hearing from you, and I hope you’re doing well. (((hugs)))!!!

  5. Kitt is amazing! I’m fairly new to blogging (well. Regularly), and she has always left helpful, supportive and inspiring comnents. As have YOU Dyane! Thank you both for such a warm welcome. 🙂

    Off to check out Glenn’s blog now 🙂

    1. Awww -yes, Kitt is awesome, and we both enjoy leaving *you* comments on your rockin’ blog!!!!

      Glenn is from Sydney & just a total sweetie. Please let him know that Kitt & I said “hi” if you feel like leaving a comment. (No pressure, though – I have to be in a “commenting mood”, and sometimes I just “like” posts if I’m tied, grumpy, the kids are distracting me, the puppy wets the floor…. etc. – I know you understand!!!)

  6. Thanks for the lovely complimiments Dy. Although we have vastly differen stories of BiPolar we are drawn together by both those differences and the commonality of BiPlolar, although that can manifest in us in different ways. I have no idea what it must be like dealing with BiPolar and paernthood. I aspire to write as well as Kitt and yourself. And to follow in the path of consumer advocacy to have our voices heard, in our own words. And for me that journey is just beginning. Again, my sincerest thaks to you my seroquel sister in the USA. xo

    1. You are SO welcome, my dear Glenn! I hoped you would like the post – I meant every word!!! :)))) And you DO write as well as we do – you are special and extraordinary!!!! I’m excited as you embark on your new journey and look forward to reading about it in that awesome blog of yours….when you have time, busy bee!

      Love, Seroquel Sis!!!

  7. It’s nice to give your peers the recognition they deserve. I also read Kitt’s blog, but now I’ll have to check out Glen’s. Thanks for the recommendation!

    1. Check out Glenn’s blog when you can – he’s a true survivor and he inspires me so much, especially now as he moves into a new phase of his life helping others with mental illness.

      Thanks so much for reading & for taking time to comment – I wish you and your family a wonderful, yummy, peaceful Thanksgiving!! :))))))))))

    1. Vic, you are awesome too – you’re Angel #4 (Lisa Henderson, or L.E. Henderson, is #3) I encourage you to check out her blog someday! With all your *free* time! 😉

      1. Hell, if someone is being nice to me, I’ll take anything I can get – even platitudes! 😉 XOXOXO p.s. just had a mocha with extra chocolate & it has clearly affected me….yum yum yum!

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