Our Family History
Mental illness spans at least three generations in our family. After my mother died in 2010, two of my sisters and I rescued a time capsule that had been locked in the chickenhouse on our homestead in northern Minnesota. It had lain untouched for almost twenty-five years. Some of my siblings wanted to burn the treasure. I’ve spent countless hours reading, sorting, scanning, and transcribing thousands of pages that range from 1822 to 1984.
I realized that I needed to acquire some knowledge of human behavior so autumn 2012 I attended Bemidji State University’s Introduction to Psychology. Spring 2013 I studied Abnormal Behavior. My blog goal is to post historical and psychological vignettes of my discoveries each Sunday evening. I plan to write a series of memoirs that will explore my family’s struggle over this past century with mental illness.