Gardens of Time Game Addict?

I never thought that at my age I’d be playing video games online. But they are much different now than they used to be, and they seem to be a good way to relax the mind. Maybe.

I recently came across Gardens of Time on my iPhone, and since the screen was too small and I enjoyed the game so much, I searched online and found it on the Playdom website. I’ve been hooked ever since. While I was waiting around for my “energy” to renew I discovered there was another similar garden game on the same website. Of course I had to play it, too.

After reading people’s comments and chatting with others, I realize many of us are in the same boat. What makes a gaming addict? Hmmm… I made this funny little video about it.

Summer reading list all about Dysfunction

I’ve been considerably busy lately, but I’ve managed to do a lot of reading. The field of psychology has always intrigued me, so I enjoy reading stories and memoirs about other people’s mental illnesses and family dysfunction.  I started reading a series by author Ellen Hopkins. Written in poetic style, but still read like any other book, I could easily finish her 500-600 page memoirs in a few days. Crank is the first of a series loosely based on the author’s teen daughter’s drug addiction. Glass is the book following her daughter’s downward spiral. I enjoyed both books, and now I’m onto a third written in the same form but not a part of the series, called Identical. Normally I mainly read nonfiction, but Hopkins makes it interesting enough for me to stick through it. Apparently, her books are popular with teenage girls.



Another great memoir I finished recently was Loud in the House of Myself by Stacy Pershall. The author tells her story about being bipolar and all of her crazy actions and bad decisions, and over time she heals herself with tattooing. If you’re like me and you like psychologically dysfunctional characters, you’ll like this book. Pershall is very candid and doesn’t hold back.

Ex-Gong Show host Chuck Barris wrote a memoir, Della, about his daughter’s downward spiral into drug addiction. Della died of an overdose in her mid-30s after living a life of being bipolar and addicted to cocaine and alcohol. A sad story, Barris’s own struggle with his profound guilt of being a “shitty father” was quite apparent from the very beginning of the book. The first half of the book is a little slow and somewhat boring, but the last half is more interesting and worth the read. This is what spoiling your children with material things and money can do instead of simply showing them love.