A Down Under Review of My Book From “The Colour Of Madness”

Men At Work’s Down Under – 80s music forever!

(Did you know that Men At Work’s lead singer Colin Hay was born in Scotland, not Australia, so he’s related to Lucy!) 

“Colin and I go way back!”


Dear Friends,

I’ve made another great blog discovery and naturally, I want to share it with you.

Once in a while I’ll come across writing so remarkable, it strikes me deep in the heart. When that happens, I don’t even feel jealous of the author’s talent (those of you familiar with this blog know how green I can get!)—I just feel moved.

This phenomenon happened to me recently when I read Kate’s blog The Colour of MadnessI was truly honored she was willing to write a Birth of a New Brain review.

Apart from Kate’s book review, I encourage you to take a look at her blog. Here are two standouts:

Read Cliff Notes 

Read Death (trigger warning: suicide)

Here’s what Kate wrote about Birth of a New Brain:



I have been promising the wonderful author Dyane Harwood a review for her excellent memoir ‘Birth Of A New Brain’ for weeks now. Dyane and I started chatting on Twitter and she was kind enough to send me a copy of her book. The familiarity of Dyane’s experience hit home to me on so many levels […]

via Birth Of A New Brain – A Book Review — The Colour Of Madness

By the way, if you find yourself headed for a temper tantrum among your family, colleagues, etc., give yourself the gift of a bathroom time out. Stay in there at least a few minutes and take a few deep breaths; hopefully, it won’t be a nasty loo.

I know from personal experience doing this can help you avoid a Mt. Vesuvius moment!

Happy holidays and much love to you,


p.s. In honor of Kate’s homeland, I’m featuring an Australian psychiatrist’s endorsement of my book. Dr. Greg de Moore lives in Sydney and he’s  the co-author of a fascinating book titled Finding Sanity: John Cade, Lithium and the Taming of Bipolar Disorder.


Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder With a foreword by the acclaimed perinatal psychiatrist and author Dr. Carol Henshaw. Please visit Amazon to order a Kindle or paperback version—thank you!


19 thoughts on “A Down Under Review of My Book From “The Colour Of Madness”

  1. Hi Daughter,
    Love your blog but you should be sleeping at 3:00AM.
    Happy Holidays to my talented daughter.

  2. Dear Mom, I finally started to schedule my posts (it’s easy!) – I wrote it yesterday & then I set it to publish at 3:00 AM. Love you!!!!!!

  3. Congratulations, Dyane! That was a wonderful review, and I’m so glad you have people willing to read and review for you. I’ll be one of them, soon! And bathroom time is fantastic.

    • Hi there – I love sunflowers so I think your new blog title is great! (Although I really liked your other blog title too!) Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful 2018!! 💖

  4. Congrats on the great review and endorsement. Bathroom timeout is a fabulous idea. I may do my timeout in my sister’s guest room, where I’d be less likely interrupted.

  5. Hi Dyane,

    Love the wonderful review! We could alll use a bathroom timeout during the holidays! Oh, and I see you are now scheduling your posts! The little bots on Google like consistency, from what I’ve been told. Mine go out 6 a.m. on Thursdays!

    Happy long weekend! And stay warm, my friend!


    • Thanks so much for your comment, Carol! I’ve scheduled a few posts in the past but not regularly, so that will be one of my New Year’s resolutions. 😜

      I hope you’re having a good weekend in our neck of the woods.
      Speaking of the woods, next year we *must* go on that hike @ Fall Creek. It *will* happen! 🌲

      Happy New Year, beautiful friend!

    • Thanks so much, Sara – I hope you didn’t need to take my advice, but if you did, I hope it worked! 😛
      (I also hope you had a great Christmas too.)
      Happy New Year! And here’s to another amazing novel from Sara Gethin in 2018! 📖✏️

  6. Lady, I have been wondering where your usual Friday post was. Don’t know why I didn’t get an email notification until I had to get to your blog argh. Great you schedule posts too. I do most of mine and that helps me twofold. 1) I am happy I follow thru consistently, and 2) Scheduling helps me reread and have time to appreciate any rant or fire I had initially typed on the spur of the moment.
    Now, that review is awesome, waiting to hear what picky mum thinks about that. Great Lucy has famous relatives just like herself.
    Awesome to have to acknowledgments all the way from Aussie
    I survived this frenetic season by just going to sleep in the midst of it …no questions asked, no excuses made, no explanations offered. You know I’m done with all smelly rubbish. I also got some much needed respite by going for walk with my guardian angel when the visited at mom’s in the afternoon. New year am definitely staying in my serene space.

    • Lovely Marie, I think Mom likes YOUR review the best. 👍 You must admit she has fine taste!
      I got a kick out of your survival tactic of going to sleep!!!! Good for you for setting firm boundaries.
      Plus that walk with your guardian angel sounds like it was the perfect activity to do, wise one.
      I wish you the most serene 2018 ever!
      Sending you my love, now & always,
      Lady Dy

      p.s. This was dictated to me from Miss Lucy: “Hi Marie! Ruff Ruff Ruff Ruff, Howlllll!”
      That means “Hi Marie, you are a wonderful friend to my mistress Dyane and I want to thank you for everything you’ve done to support and guide her. Now, can you please send me a sack of dog biscuts????” 🐕

      • Oh Lucy, my best best best as 2017 counts down. How can I send that pack of dog biscuits? Wait I’ll figure a way to send money to mistress Dyane for those I promise. Lady, that walk and my GA made and make my days. Looking forward to home alone for the new year. Love you back more

  7. Yup, I used this bathroom tactic a few times this weekend. I hope your Christmas was packed with merriment galore, O Empress Percolatia! From Jeany Beany Christmas Tree…eee. 🙂 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • I’m so glad you used the bathroom tactic, although I’m not glad you *had* to use it, if you know what I mean! Christmas went well, my precious Jeany Beany, and guess what I was given…..
      (I know you’ll appreciate it!)


      (It’s on sale right now!!!!)

      It’s a bit of a pain in the derriere to use it & clean it, but the result, well, it’s pretty darn sublime! ☕️

      Sending you huge hugs and hopes for a waaay better year in 2018 than any other year, ever.
      Love you!
      Empress P.

      • Ooooh, nummy!
        2018 is going to be cuuuuuhrazy, but with friends and love at my side, I am going go to conquer that craziness! Love and hugs to you, Empress! xxxxxxJava Jean of the Bean on the Lean Mean Fighting Machine xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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