A Look at World Bipolar Awareness Day…. Bipolar Lives

By: Jessica Azar This year the world observed World Bipolar Awareness Day on March 30th. The celebratory day was selected to coincide with the birthday of famous artist Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed with having lived with Bipolar Disorder. He was subject to intense periods of creativity (I can associate… I’ve written 10 lengthy blogposts in the past 3 days… Just haven’t published all of them) and also endured the horrible bouts of depression where creativity dries up (I, too, endure this… It’s crippling). As you may know, Van Gogh committed suicide, as so many Bipolars have and do… Here is Don McLean’s famous song “Vincent” about his life and struggle . I’ve always loved it, and now it carries even more meaning for me. And I believe that through recognition and support, the number of suicides can drop over time. I’m very vocal about my experiences of living as a Mom with Bipolar Disorder, and I will be asking other bloggers and those that I know who suffer from Bipolar Disorder to write a post that I will publish here, on Herd management…. Hopefully every other week, to aid in this movement. I will also be periodically…

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Gluten Free Review- Bob’s Red Mill Bread Mix

As promised, I will be telling you about my experience with Bob’s Red Mill Bread Mix. I’ve truthfully has this mix in my pantry for quite some time, and have just been putting off baking with it, because I have gotten used to eating little or no bread since becoming Gluten-Free almost a year ago…. But it was Sunday night, and I realized there was no bread in our pantry that I could use to make sandwiches for school lunches the next morning… So instead of going to the store (I was exhausted from traveling home from Dallas) I pulled out this mix. It doesn’t call for a ton of ingredients to mix with it, which is nice, and also provides an egg-free baking option for those of you who need it… I did not use that option. I put the wet ingredients in the pan of my bread machine, then the baking mix, then the yeast on top of the mountain of ingredients…. Chose the Basic cycle for baking on the bread machine, and let it do its job for the prescribed three hours. The delicious smell of fresh bread flooded my house about halfway through the baking process,…

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