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person (whatever that means), have a mental illness. It’s amazing how many people think that in order to have a mental illness, you have to be crazy, and I often have to remind myself not to judge other people with mental illnesses. I’m not entirely sure why I felt the need to write you, I guess I just want to tell you that I appreciate the article you wrote. The world needs to be educated on mental illness. Thank you, Randall Oglesby Dear SLO LIFE, I appreciated reading your articles on bipolar disorder, an illness which affects me and my family. The question of stigma and anonymity requires sophisticated consideration. Your writer, Tom Franciskovich, handled it gracefully. When facts are learned through research and shared through education, perceptions change. I am a yoga instructor conducting research on yoga therapy as an adjunctive treatment for bipolar disorder in San Luis Obispo County. As a member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists, my mission is to establish yoga as a respected and recognized therapy for bipolar disorder through research and education. If you or someone you know might be interested in supporting this project whether by participating in yoga classes measuring the effects on bipolar mood management, sharing if you have found relief of bipolar symptoms through a yoga practice, or with funding, I would appreciate hearing from you! Developing greater understanding of this illness, its causes and its management, will help to erode the pain of stigma that we share. Brooke West Certified Yoga & Meditation Teacher Los Osos

FUZZY MATH Dear SLO LIFE, How do we get some Melody Klemin music? Made me look twice at this magazine, good music must be a good magazine. Jennifer Lechuga Montecito Dear SLO LIFE, SLO Life Magazine TV Commercials = Poop. xoxo, Tiffany Go to and click on “See Our Commercials” and decide for yourself whether the correct math is SLO LIFE Magazine TV Commercials x 2 looks + good music = good magazine or SLO LIFE Magazine TV Commercials = Poop.

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THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE We are happy to announce that our adventure writer, formerly named Paden Followwill, has embarked on one of life’s ultimate adventures and has gotten herself hitched. Congratulations to Paden Hughes and her husband, Michael. Despite the wedding and honeymoon, she still made time to do her usual great work for us in this issue although under a new byline. Turn to page 30 to learn about her recent adventure at the Oceano Dunes. SLO LIFE CORRECTION It must have come as quite a surprise to Melody Klemin’s partner, Charlotte, when we incorrectly identified her as “Savannah” in our most recent Music feature. But, in fairness to us, we were pretty much mesmerized by Klemin and forgot just about everything she said after being treated to a private performance of her song “Cannoli.” Please accept our apologies for the oversight. SLO LIFE

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