On Becoming a FB Orphan

So… this post is a heads-up for FB users and a request for assistance if anyone has a solution to my dilemma. A few months back,  the email address I had used to create my FB account years ago ceased to exist.  Indeed, the entire server ceased to exist.  No problem, I changed my  email…

Befriending Someone Who Is Deeply Depressed

Befriending someone who is deeply depressed is not for the faint of heart. In many important ways, I liken someone who is deeply depressed to someone who is in a coma. That is to say, when we are deeply depressed, we are not living in ordinary reality, with ordinary consciousness, even if we are TRYING REALLY…

Family Mental Illness And Stigma

This is a difficult post.  I have a family member with mental illness, and I myself have recovered from severe clinical depression, a mental illness.    There I said it. Mental illness.  The stigma is humiliating when you call it what it is, but until you do, you can’t deal with it, nor can our society as a…

ALICE

As Alice woke up, before she even knew what day it was, before she even opened her eyes, she knew this would be an unbearable day.  And a sticky-wet-sweltering-hot-day to boot. Something really, really bad could happen today, “and it will be my fault,” she thought, as she went through the laundry basket looking for…

Why Write When Depressed?

“I am here to share the love and challenges and wisdom of many years on the planet, and my current journey, in the hopes someone besides me benefits.  I want us to all love ourselves better,  to live our lives more effectively  and  to leave behind everything that disempowers us. The Love and Peace of…

Writing 101 – Day 5 – The Letter

The challenge for today is that I found a letter somewhere and it moved me so deeply when I read it that I  wanted it to have reached its intended recipient.  The TWIST?  Keep it short! — “Dearest Timmy, Mommy and daddy mss you so much. We miss your laughter in the afternoon on the swings. We…