Munchausen by Proxy: A Disturbing Psychiatric Disorder

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Munchausen by Proxy: A Disturbing Psychiatric Disorder

Hollywood portrays Baron Munchausen as a comedic character but the medical syndromes that bear his name aren’t very funny. 

People fake illnesses all the time. To get out of work, to avoid going to some event, to miss a test they haven’t studied for, or just because they want to lay around and take a day doing nothing. Everyone has called in sick. But then there are others who fake illnesses in order to undergo medical testing and procedures and perhaps to garner the attention that being perceived as ill will bring their way. Munchausen syndrome is where someone fakes illnesses in order to visit with physicians and hospitals and undergo testing and sometimes very dangerous treatment, even surgery. After all, doctors listen to the patient and then evaluate them for the possible illness, or illnesses, that could be underlying their complaints…

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JOHN CANDY – Canadian – Comedy Icon ©J.E.Goldie Dec. 19 2019 – A reblog

A wonderful tribute post to John Candy – a must see and read! 👍

Some Things Real and Some Imaginings

Shown: John Candy (late 1980s)

Born October 31, 1950 Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

Died March 4 1994 (Age 43) Durango Mexico


For those who haven’t seen this post I decided to reblog it. John Candy was an amazing and loving man. I truly admired and respected him. If John were alive today I’m positive he’d be helping people in any way possible.


John Franklin Candy(October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994)[1]was a Canadian actor and comedian, known mainly for his work inHollywoodfilms. Candy rose to fame as a member of theTorontobranch ofthe Second Cityand its relatedSecond City Televisionseries, and through his appearances in such comedy films asStripes,Splash,Cool Runnings,Summer Rental,Home Alone,The Great Outdoors,Spaceballs, andUncle Buck, as well as more dramatic roles inOnly the Lonely

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Read Your Way to Better Writing

What are your favorite writing resources?

Story Empire

Hello, Story Empire Readers. Joan here today. For those who live in the United States, I hope you had a fun-filled July 4th celebration.

Today, I’m going to talk about continuing education. Doesn’t exactly sound like fun, but bear with me. My daytime job is in the field of healthcare. Nurses, physicians, lab techs, even coders must have a certain number of continuing education units in order to renew their licenses each year.

As writers, continuing education isn’t required, but I believe we should strive to become better with each article, short-story, or novel we pen. There are a number of ways we can do this, the first of which is “just write.” The more we write, the more the edit, the more we refine, the better our writing will become.

Another way is to read and follow blogs such as Story Empire (Wink, wink.) There are a number of…

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No Anchovies (Or Spam) Please!

Are you guilty of promo abuse? Read on!

Naughty Quills

the-j-geils-band-no-anchovies-please-emi-americaWelcome to Ravenna’s Monday Mumblings! Actually, I like anchovies. Spam, however, is another matter.

Pretty sure it all started when I was a kid and that gelatinous fake meat in a can was a staple in our house for two reasons. One, it was quick and easy. Two, it was inexpensive.

Unlike anchovies, which I didn’t taste until I was in college, I never developed a taste for the rectangular, compressed goo.

orig spam canBut I’m not here to give you recipes today. I’m here to talk about (rant about) SPAM of another kind. The type that so many experienced and newer authors like to label PROMO.

Here is Ravenna’s quick and easy way to discern whether what you’re about to post to a wall, send in a mass email, toss onto a message board – whether or not you were invited to do so – or post in a group to…

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