Why "71º & Sunny?"

I consider 71º to be the perfect temperature. Not too cold and not too hot. I also love perfect sunny days. The vast majority of days are not 71º & Sunny and yet, all days were created by God's hand and they are still gifts, even if they don't fit my ridiculous definition of perfection. My struggle with OCD has at times imprisoned me in an impossible attempt to achieve perfection. I'm now learning to love all kinds of days that don't even come close to 71º & Sunny.

Please leave me a comment below. I really want to know what you are thinking!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

I've recently become aware of an organization called the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation and I wanted to pass this along to all of you. I've only just become aware of this group, so I am not too familiar with them, and I cannot make a recommendation one way or the other about the quality of their material. I am, however, looking forward to learning more about this institution.

Apparently, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is a non-profit group from New York that raises money and then uses those funds to award grants to researchers studying mental illness and its treatment. I love that!

Also, on the second Tuesday of each month, they present a free (and open to the public) webinar dealing with different mental illness issues. In particular, tomorrow's webinar is entitled, "OCD & Anxiety: Symptoms, Treatment, & How to Cope." The talk will be given by Helen Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic & OCD Research Program, New York State Psychiatric Institute. The best part is that you don't even need a computer to take part in the webinar, as it is also available by phone. You can register for the webinar here: http://bbrfoundation.org/meet-the-scientist-webinar-may-2013.

Lastly, the Foundation also produces a weekly e-newsletter discussing mental health issues and you may sign up to receive it here: https://app.e2ma.net/app/view:Join/signupId:1416819/acctId:1407720.

I will be "attending" the webinar tomorrow and I look forward to sharing what I've learned with you. If you also attend, I would love to hear what you think about it as well.

UPDATE: I've just signed up to attend the webinar through telephone as I will not be near a computer tomorrow afternoon. Apparently, a requirement to participate is either a smart phone or a tablet.


  1. I won't be able to "attend" Sunny, so I look forward to hearing what you think......

  2. I think I received an email about this, too. I won't be able to attend because Tuesdays are our crazy days at work--layout and edits. So I will look forward to your views on it!