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Living with Schizoaffective Disorder

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Michael Crawford in front of Caltech's Robert Millikan Statue

Michael Crawford in front of
the statue of Robert Millikan
at the California Institute of Technology.

Who I Am

It's taking me some time to get this page written.

First, I'd like to introduce you to a very special woman in my life. I was wed to Bonita on July 22, 2000 in Pippy Park, near the Fluvarium in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Please read our wedding album.

I've been an amateur telescope maker since I was twelve years old. I had stopped grinding glass for quite a long time but recently picked it up again. Please read Mike's Amateur Telescope Making Page.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from the University of California Santa Cruz. My first two years of college were spent studying Physics and Astronomy at Caltech.

I'm not yet in a position where I can make a living from my art and music. I've been working as a computer programmer for over twenty years. For eight of them I was the self-employed owner of a one-man software consulting corporation.

I suffer from a rare and poorly understood mental illness called schizoaffective disorder. Despite the pain it has caused me I have learned to live with it pretty well now. It is important to me that more people understand what mental illness really is both to reduce the stigma against it and to encourage those who also suffer to get treatment. You can learn more about it in my article Living with Schizoaffective Disorder.

A while back I participated in an online interview for a psychology class about creativity. Please read:

I was born in 1964 in Spokane, Washington, but lived most of my life in California. My father was in the U.S. Navy when I was young so we moved all over, even living for a year in Formia, Italy when I was six.

Bonita and I moved to Newfoundland the year of our wedding, and a few months afterwards we bought our first home in Owl's Head, Maine where we lived until the Fall of 2003 when we moved to Truro, Nova Scotia.

In August of 2006, I gave up my self-employment to take a Mac programming job in Vancouver, British Columbia while Bonita remained behind to continue studying fine art at NSCAD University. I started a weblog about my experiences called The Vancouver Diaries. I now live in California's Silicon Valley, but continue to blog at the now inappropriately-named Vancouver Diaries because I plan to return there someday.

I also do a lot of blogging at Kuro5hin and occassionally at Advogato.

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