Author Archives: Gail Nicolaysen-Shurtleff

About Gail Nicolaysen-Shurtleff

I am an American who is living in The Netherlands. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist with a license to practice in California. Music has been a huge part of my life. Singing is something you can find me doing at any time and anywhere. I have to admit that I try to not sing while out in public though. You can also find me in the kitchen cooking up wonderful things. cooking is something that I have just recently (in the last ten years) discovered that I'm talented at doing, and it is really fun. The best way to know me is to read my blog.

My Five Anns

Note: My goal here is to put a more humanistic face on several psychiatric disorders. I hope you will read and learn. Note: All names have been changed and identities concealed. As part of my undergraduate experience I wanted to … Continue reading

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Life with PXE

As my readers know I deal with PXE When I was diagnosed, in childhood, little was known about PXE. The dermatologist who diagnosed me and my two siblings told us not to believe the literature that said we would die … Continue reading

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Thanks but not this gift

Late Wednesday I asked Jon “if you could give me a gift..any gift what would it be. I wasn’t ready for the reply. He told me he’d give me a healthy body. He told me he would want to take … Continue reading

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Ushers International

A reader with ushers asked for some help in getting the ord out. I’m bummed that I couldn’t get this up sooner but I didn’t read it until late Saturday evening. Here it is for your information. Please take the … Continue reading

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Dear Parental Units

Dear Parental Units, It seems that I’m the recipient of an opening in the space-time continuum and being as I’m a very brainy baby I’m going to take advantage of it. I don’t know how long I’ll have to say … Continue reading

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