Oct 2, 2017
EPISODE - The most personal episode so far. My family talks
about my Dad's mental illness.
To kick things off, we listen in as my Dad rants at police
officers who have come to take him to the hospital.
** Audio of my Dad taken in his front yard early one morning
My sister's kids are almost as noisy as their mother...
My brother makes an important point that Dad is not under the
influence of drugs or alcohol. There are no chemical substances in
Bonnie doesn't remember as many specifics about Dad as the
rest of us because she was pretty little. She does remember
Dad's idea that the kids should buy their own groceries.
Dad has never liked being wrong. He's always thought he was
smarter than everyone else too.
** Audio of my Dad admitting that he is 'The Lord' **
HERE'S WHERE I MAY UPSET YOU, PKARLGH.
Over the years my faith in psychology and psychotherapy has
disappeared. I think mental illness is a spiritual problem.
Mom suggests that we perform an exorcism. (I don't know how to
do those...maybe there's a tutorial on YouTube?)
David says demons aren't the whole problem.
Darkness and depravity are things Christians talk about a lot
without thinking about what they might look like when we actually
Mom talks about stuff that Dad did when he was younger. (She
sort of says that science made him crazy but that's not what she
meant so I let it slide.)
Lucid dreaming, bending spoons and other weird stuff.
Sometimes mental illness excuses bad behavior.
Bonnie kills a fly and almost knocks out the lights.
We ponder the question, "How do we know when we're
...and we don't ever answer it.
Bonnie discovers that she is out of Zebra cakes. We're
We get nervous whenever anyone suggests that they completely
understand the will of the Lord.
Bonnie makes no carb pizza. Maybe because there are no
Personal preferences thankfully, don't define Christianity.
Bonnie accuses my Turbo of open hostility toward guitar players. We
know that's not true but we pretend we don't.
We end up the podcast with our favorite stories of Dad's crazy