Except For Death and Paying Taxes…

“Everything in life is only for now. Don’t stress, relax, let life roll off your backs. Except for death and paying taxes, everything in life is only for now!“ That line is from the crude but hilarious musical, Avenue Q, and it has been going through my head relentlessly the last few days. And here […]

Normal. Wait Your Normal or Mine? WTF is Normal Anyway?

I hate the word normal. I love the word interesting, but that’s another story. But I hate normal because it always seems to be this ineffable, abstract thing. And I know that ineffable and abstract basically mean the same thing, but I like saying both of those words. And ineffable in particular because it sounds […]

Kindness: It Might Be the Greatest Gift You’ll Never Know You Gave

I’m sometimes asked what is the best thing you can do for someone struggling with mental illness. It is different for everyone, because as I’ve said before everyone’s mental illness is different. But if you can do anything for anyone, be anything, then be kind. I have had many hard days. The people who helped […]

The Tree and The Traffic Light

I’ve previously mentioned the tree analogy that my therapist offered me, the trunk being my core personality and the branches are various aspects of my life (career, family, etc). Yesterday she switched analogies and went with traffic lights. Red, she explained was all the negative self-talk my anxiety and depression feed me. Because there is […]

The Demon In The Mirror

Growing up one of the ghost stories I remember hearing was that of Bloody Mary. Say her name three times in front of a mirror and she’d appear and murder you (I know there are many variations on this legend). With the wisdom of adulthood I know it is nothing more than a silly superstition, […]

The Fog

Some of you might have noticed a slow down in my posting the last week or so. Part of this was a real struggle with writer’s block, but as I’ve posted before, I try to write through writer’s block if possible, even if whatever comes out isn’t any good. At least it will get the […]