I don’t know what it is lately, but these hoarders and the kids/grandkids who love them have just been choking me up. This week we have a success and a potential backslide. And it’s not who I thought it would be. But, this is mental illness, never forget. It’s a long trudge forward until the walking becomes second nature.
Category Archives: Redemption Corner
Before we get into this episode, I want to thank all of you who read, link on Reddit, comment on Facebook (and here!), and most especially those of you who get what I’m trying to do, not just with these recaps and discussion posts, but with Hey, Don’t Judge Me. Everyone knows: “You don’t read the comments.” People get nasty and mean, they delight in being rude, cruel or hateful in comment sections, and that just doesn’t happen here.
We’re here to listen and learn, to talk to each other, and often times, whether you, the Reader, know it or not, cheer on the folks this show in particular features. I hear from the hoarders on occasion, and I hear from family members and friends–they all say that they appreciate it. They get encouragement from the thoughtful comments, the worry we share for their safety and health, and I wanted to tell each of you reading this how much I appreciate your support for this website and what it stands for. I don’t get paid to run the place, I do it out of genuine love. So thank you for contributing.
And now, to the rat-mobile. (I just ruined everything, huh?) Continue reading
Once again we’re reminded that hoarding–like most mental illness–affects more than just the hoarder. For children who grow up in a hoarded home, it can have devastating and sometimes life-long effects. Continue reading
We’re back! (Sorry for the delay–feel free to scowl at me for my move not going smoothly.) This episode featured what Matt Paxton said was one of the most difficult hoards (both size-wise and obstinate-hoarder-wise) of his career. This week seems to focus on usefulness. Click the Read More to see how.
We’re back! Thanks for bearing with me last week–I don’t get paid to talk about the shows I love, and there are times when this show hits a little too close to home. That’s when I need to take a breather. But we’re back, and my all-time favorite doctor returns as well. And as Dr. Michael Tompkins explains at one point, “Hoarding is very complicated. There isn’t one thing that contributes to it; it’s many.” Continue reading
Hey. Can I just lay my head on your shoulder for a minute? Thanks. I’m just… no, I don’t need a drink of water, thank you. I’m just really really tired. Hmm, that’s not the right word, it’s… Fatigued? That’s it. I’m fatigued.
I bet you are, too. Or you should be. What are we doing, guys? What–
Screw it. Let’s do this. And for what it’s worth, I literally write these AS I WATCH, so enjoy the energy drop as you go. EDIT: I am not a book reader. I am deleting comments that mention details from the books. Don’t be that person. If you’re new, now you know: NO BOOK TALK. Continue reading
Previously: WE ALL LOST OUR DAMN MINDS (in the best of ways!). We open with Stannis’ men chin deep in the snow, but I guess Fire Crotch Mage doesn’t need a coat? She’s all casually wandering outside in the bitterness when there’s an attack on the camp, most of the tents going up in flames, and a HORSE RUNNING WHILST ON FIRE HORSEY NOOOOOOOO!
Raise your hand if you thought that was a dream? Now slap your face with it because THAT. JUST. HAPPENED. Come on, Davos. Come the hell on, Fire Crotch Mage! WHERE IS THE SECURITY BREACH!?
Welcome back, both readers and the original format of the show!
Reminder to any new folks: hoarding is a mental illness that affects entire families; we treat them and the illness with kindness. Many of the family members and hoarders read our boards and comment, so be decent and thoughtful with your words, please. Continue reading
Remember how in the very first episode we saw that scary ice man with the blue eyes? And then remember when everyone kept saying that Winter Is Coming? And then, then you guys? You remember how those creepy ice dudes showed up on horses and Samwell wet his pants? And then killed one? And then, like, we’ve been wandering in the desert for forty years? So “winter is coming” and “white walkers” are coming?
Frankly, I don’t think they exist.
Our show is back, after many of us were pretty sure the last season was it. It had a new format for its premiere (more on that), but should return to what we’ve become familiar with as the season progresses.
Note to any new readers: Hoarding is a mental illness, and there will be no insulting, name calling or harassment of people featured on this show. The production team, the families of the hoarder and often times the hoarders themselves comment on our boards, and we appreciate them being open and honest with us. Continue reading