Good Grief
Friday January 11, 2019

Good Grief

I attended a funeral last week. The sudden death of my friend’s husband left family and friends with shattered dreams and broken hearts. Losing a loved one precipitates a journey of grieving. And although this experience of loss is nearly universal, it is also exquisitely personal.   Photo from: http://www.fulfillmentdaily.com/resilience-in-grief As my heart aches for […]

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Hello 2019; Goodbye 2018
Friday January 4, 2019

Hello 2019; Goodbye 2018

With the start of a new year, we all engage in some form of accounting – taking stock of the last twelve months and setting resolutions for those on the horizon. In doing so, almost universally, we focus on aspects of our lives that are intimately associated with our mental health and wellbeing. Here are […]

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Suicide and the Holidays
Friday December 21, 2018

Suicide and the Holidays

Suicide is more common around the holidays, right?   Wrong. It is a myth that suicide rates increase around the holidays. Perhaps because we hope that the holidays will be a time of enhanced joy and connection, it feels especially poignant when someone dies by suicide at this time of year. The gap is especially great […]

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2018 Home Office Challenge
Friday December 14, 2018

2018 Home Office Challenge

My goal with Five on Friday is to raise awareness about mental health by opening conversations that link mental health topics to our everyday lives. Thus was born the 2017 Headlines Challenge. For fun, my friend, Tracy, picked five front page articles from around the world that did not appear to be about mental health and challenged me […]

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The Happiness Industry Makes Me Sad
Friday December 7, 2018

The Happiness Industry Makes Me Sad

I am all for being happy. Who isn’t?  But the happiness industry? That’s another thing altogether.     The happiness industrial complex promises that bliss will be found when we get our eating, exercise, sleep, journaling, weight, complexion, clothing, and all our Christmas shopping exactly right, including remembering our own reusable grocery sacks. And beyond […]

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Ninety Years and Counting
Friday November 30, 2018

Ninety Years and Counting

This Monday, my dear friend, Jim Spool (AKA Grandpa Jimmy), will be ninety years old. Born on December 3, 1928, Grandpa Jimmy arrived on earth the same year that commercially available sliced bread was invented. Really. It was also in 1928 that scientist Alexander Fleming discovered a particular mold in his petri dishes that put […]

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A Life's Work
Friday September 14, 2018

A Life's Work

Two kids grow up in the same home or same neighborhood. How is it that only one develops major depression? One kid grows up exposed to violence the other not. Who is more prone to anxiety? Poverty? Loss? Education? What do such circumstances and experiences mean for risk of mental illness? These are the kinds of questions […]

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Do You Pixar?
Friday July 20, 2018

Do You Pixar?

My son saw Incredibles 2 when it opened a few weeks ago. An instant box office hit, he declared it one of Pixar’s best on our family chat on his way home. His praise opened the floodgates to a flurry of texts ranking personal favorites and trading impassioned reviews. At an ever-accelerating pace, Pixar mania ensued. […]

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When in Doubt, Serve
Friday July 6, 2018

When in Doubt, Serve

Wednesday was July 4th. Nowadays, it is a day for barbeques and fireworks. But its origins are rooted in celebrating the independence of Colonial America. The date is practically synonymous with liberty. But today – from traditional print to electronic tweets – we are bombarded with news of trade wars, rising sea levels, refugees languishing […]

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The Black Swan, Turkey and Butcher
Friday May 18, 2018

The Black Swan, Turkey and Butcher

This week’s Five on Friday was slated to focus on something else altogether. But as I sit down to prepare today’s blog, Santa Fe High School is still an active crime scene, emergency medical care is underway in the hopes of saving lives, and ten students are already reported dead.  It was only a few […]

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