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Michele Gyselinck

About Me: 

I am a 58-year-old woman.  I was born in Montreal and grew up in a western suburb of the city.  I became a confessing member of the local CRC, First Christian Reformed Church of Monreal on May 15, 1977, so this year will be the 40th anniversary of that event.  I have two B.A.s, one in LInguistics and the other in English Studies with a Major in Professional Writing in English.  I developed schizophrenia around the age of 28.

Interests: 

I like to paint with knives and I enjoy cooking.

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On the Paradoxes of Poverty

As I lay in bed, I thought about a discussion I had with a sister in the faith that highlighted just one of many paradoxes of poverty. 

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On Living With Disabilities and Poverty

I think we should work harder at advocating a decent standard of living for people living with disabilities. Living in poverty places undue burdens on already vulnerable souls. 

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My Journey with Schizophrenia

My main reason for writing about schizophrenia specifically, and mental illness in general, is to help those who may be suffering from it or who know someone who does, but don’t know how to help because of stigma.

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"Schizophrenia: Stolen Minds, Stolen Lives"

This documentary shows how schizophrenia affects the individuals who suffer from the illness(es) and their entourage. I think watching the video speaks for itself.
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On Chronically Normal People

The media compound problems by reporting in minute detail whenever a person with a mental illness attacks someone who is presumed to be sane. The same media don't say a word when the opposite happens...

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Depression (A Painting)

Michèle used to write poetry while living in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Now she mostly paints in Montreal.

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I watched the videos about Mental Illness and the Church until the wee hours last night and only stopped because my computer was making a weird noise. Then I emailed a link to the fourth video to my minister, the members of Council whose email addresses I had and to some friends as well. I think that since our congregation is already sensitized to this issue setting up a support group for people with mental illnesses and their families would be pertinent ministry for us. We're a shrinking congregation though nowhere near having to consider closing our doors for good, but we do have to address...
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Mountains (A Poem and Paintings)

Mountains. Walls of rock everywhere. Grey, brown, black or blue. Close up or far away. Every time I set out to paint the landscape of my mind. Mountains crop up...

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  •  I'd like to add that according to the MBTI, personality types have both a way of perceiving information, either through Sensing or iNtuition, and a decision-making process, Thinking Judgment or...

  •  I agree.  Besides the book Gifts Differing, I read other books that pointed out that the MBTI is really meant to be used as a sort of personality Zip Code (or postal code in Canada).  It gives...

  •   It's not just a question of the word your president used, but of the blatant racism involved in the remark.  Your president actually bragged to his rich friends of having used the word in...

  •  You may not think our commenting on your country's policies is a good idea, but since we're members of the same denomination how would you go about preventing it short of a schism for political...

  •  There is a difference between "calling a spade a spade," as you put it and vulgarity.  African countries are not "sh@thole" countries anymore than the States are.  Africans on average are more...

  •  Nice. But when I attended the month-long orientation to Wycliffe with the intent of joining the organization as a Bible translator I took the questionnaire to determine my personality type...

  •  Sorry, I'm Canadian, so I can't tell you that.  But up here, north of the border, we have taken in a lot of Haitian people last year who were afraid of being sent back to Haiti.  They have...

  •  In my family, mother and siblings and my sister's family, traditions have changed over time.  When we were kids, my maternal grandparents would come over on Christmas Eve, and after supper my...

  •  A little late in the day for our Worship Committee.  We've already done our Holiday planning.  We would need this in mid-November already.  But I'll forward this to the other committee members...

  •   That's nice, but what about people with disabilities who have professional training? Although I've pretty much given up looking for a job, let alone a career, I have two B.A.s and the second one...