A Matter Of Perspective

As I’m sure you already know, the latest internet “thing” is an audio file that plays the names “Yanni” or “Laurel” at different frequencies, and some people hear one, other people the other, and some people can hear both.  The New York Times set up a page with a tool on it that has a … Continue reading A Matter Of Perspective

What’s Happening In My Mind?

As part of #MentalHealthAwareness month I’ve been talking a lot about growing up with a mentally ill brother. Today I thought I’d shake things up a bit and try to describe the source of one of my own mental health issues: Social Anxiety Disorder. Social anxiety is one of my favorite things to overthink.  It … Continue reading What’s Happening In My Mind?

My Cat Is Trying To Eat My Face

A few minutes ago I was laying on my bed groaning from pain, and my cat decided this was an ideal time to climb on top of me, scooch up my chest so that his chest was on my chin, and try to eat my face.  I can’t tell whether he is trying to help, … Continue reading My Cat Is Trying To Eat My Face

When Life Is Just TOO Hard – Part 2

This is a continuation of a previous post, and talks about suicide.  If this is a subject to which you are sensitive, please do not read any further.  If you have not read the previous post, you may wish to read "When Life Is Just TOO Hard - Part 1" before reading any further. Shortly … Continue reading When Life Is Just TOO Hard – Part 2

When Life Is Just TOO Hard – Part 1

Trigger Warning:  This post talks about suicide and suicidal thoughts.  If this subject is a trigger for you, please do not read this post. #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth When my brother killed himself, I had a few reactions, not all of them appropriate.  For instance, I found myself thinking: “Great, now I can’t do it because everyone will … Continue reading When Life Is Just TOO Hard – Part 1


I’ve tried three times to write a lighthearted and funny post, starting on Friday (it’s now Sunday).  I just can’t seem to muster light and fluffy right now (although I did just typo “it snot” when I tried to type “it’s not”, so there’s that.)  So instead, let’s talk some more about #mentalhealthawareness. That sounds … Continue reading #MentalHealthAwareness

Writing My Own “Epic Love Story”

I'll be posting a lot this month, as I plan on continuing to write my "normal" posts, while also writing extra posts focused on #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth.  (Is it proper form to use hashtags in blogs?  I still have SO much to learn!) Anyway - on with the show. I grew up, like a lot of people, … Continue reading Writing My Own “Epic Love Story”

May Day, May Day…

Happy May Day!!!  AND, happy first day of “Mental Health Awareness Month”.  Hopefully it is happy - hopefully devoting a month to fostering awareness of mental health issues is a good thing for you, and for me...for all of us, whether or not we have mental health issues. I only recently really owned that I … Continue reading May Day, May Day…

Experts Can Suck It

One of my pet peeves is that experts contradict each other SO often, and it's frustrating as hell.  When my baby was born, I had a very limited support structure in terms of family and friends to lend advice and support.  I was not on good terms with family, and most of my friends had not started having kids yet. So I was pretty much on my own...

Writing When I Can’t Write

I can’t write.  My mind won’t focus, I’m too stressed and in too much pain.  I find myself typing a few words and then noticing how much my neck hurts or my back hurts or my arms hurt, blah, blah, blah.  I told a friend recently that it seems like I can write consistently even … Continue reading Writing When I Can’t Write