Life and Death and Lies

Life can be beautifully poignant and excruciating sometimes.  A couple of days ago I felt like my heart was being wrung out like a dishrag because someone I love is going through something I can’t help with.  I can’t fix it or hug it away, I can’t lift their burden. I can only watch and... Continue Reading →

Joe’s Last Day

OK - this is it.  #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth ends today, and I’m not writing about this anymore - at least not for a while, so here comes the hardest part.   I’ve been struggling with how to tell this last part of Joe’s story, and I’ve rewritten this post many times.  So I’m going to stop trying... Continue Reading →

Monsters and Bullies and The Perfect Boy

May has been a rough month for me, and delving into my brother's story didn’t make it easier.  I thought it was important to tell Joe’s story because I wanted to contribute to #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth.  So for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to write about his last day. Well, not “trying”. I’ve been... Continue Reading →

Self-ish Is A Four-ish Letter Word

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the word selfish, and the concept of selfishness in general.  I recently wrote about suicide, and in that process remembered how often the word selfish has been applied to people who have lost their battle with the pain and suffering of life.  I want to look at that... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 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 →

#MentalHealthAwareness

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 →

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