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    Re: The Lighthouse
    From: Francis Upchurch
    Date: 2019 Dec 22, 20:03 -0000

    Thanks Rommel,
    As a physician of over 45 years experience I can confirm that mental illness, 
    especially severe depression is more common than most people think and many 
    think far worse than a broken leg and other physical problems. I suspect 
    Sumner had schizophrenia, rather than bipolar depression , although the 2 can 
    co-exist. I have met many sailors who have both and some find solace and cure 
    at sea. (See first chapter of Moby Dick). My occasional dark deep blues 
    usually disappear in a fair wind with amiable crew. Politics, like last 3 
    years in UK make it all worse. (Horror)
    Hobbies such as CelNav cure many ills in my experience. Keep it going Frank, 
    it is an important social service.
    NavList helps me keep standing and thinking. If you don't use it, you'll loose 
    it. Carry on fellow sufferers.
    Best wishes for Xmas and New year.
    -----Original Message-----
    From: NavList@fer3.com [mailto:NavList@fer3.com] On Behalf Of Rommel John Miller
    Sent: 22 December 2019 19:32
    To: francisupchurch@gmail.com
    Subject: [NavList] Re: The Lighthouse
    Amazing, a battered crater on the moon is named in honor of a man whose
    life was battered through his committal to "lunatic" asylum.
    As a mentally ill disabled veteran of the Navy I too wonder if I won't be
    one day involuntarily to a mental "health" ward in a VA Hospital one day.
    Last night I watch the seventh episode in the Crown series season 3 on
    Netflix, it was about the 1969 moon launch.  In the episode Prince Phillip,
    the Duke of Edinburgh is going through a mid-life crisis of identity and
    ineffectualness -- it isn't easy being the second banana and male to the
    big cheese who is female.  The actor played the role quite well, and showed
    genuine disinterest in the things in his life -- the classic signs of
    I will say no more about this episode or series, but it is amazing to see
    that the Royals are uniquely human and subject themselves to human faults
    and foibles, which I think is the whole reason behind the series in the
    first place.
    But thank you for sending this picture and of talking about Sumner,
    Christmas is a particularly hard time for a lot of people not just the
    mentally ill, and it is good to know that great navigators and sailors
    themselves suffered with the disease and hopelessness of mental illness.
    Rommel John Miller
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