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Recovery: Hope is the Spark

My personal interest in behavioral health started two decades ago, through the things I began to experience at the age of 14.  I’m sharing this because that teenage version of me would have benefited from someone else defying stigma and having the courage to… Continue Reading “Recovery: Hope is the Spark”

Ode to John Muir

The Scottish-born, American-raised, legendary John Muir. I’ve been reading some of his books since last summer and I feel a connection to this man’s perception of nature. If reading is not really your thing, watch the first two episodes of Ken Burns’s 2009 documentary… Continue Reading “Ode to John Muir”

To Mask or Not to Mask

I see/hear a lot of debate about wearing masks and whether or not they are worth wearing. I see people sharing posts on social media from randomly named quacks they don’t know, or worse the poster is clearly a fake account but the sharer’s… Continue Reading “To Mask or Not to Mask”

Freckles: Chapter Nineteen

[PG-13:  Please be advised that this chapter contains an explicit description of a sexual encounter and is not suitable for readers under the age of thirteen] I awoke later in the night, still laying up against Evan.  I could feel the dampness of sweat… Continue Reading “Freckles: Chapter Nineteen”

When Life Hurts the Most

When Life Hurts the Most We are all broken, none of us are lucky enough to get through life unscathed. What sets some apart from the rest is that they learn and grow and become stronger in the broken places. Who are you? Who… Continue Reading “When Life Hurts the Most”

Start a Conversation that Matters

Start a Conversation that Matters I can’t begin to tell you how much it astounds me when I ask someone to talk to me about how they feel, to share with me the pain they are afraid of that they harbor within, and their… Continue Reading “Start a Conversation that Matters”

The Tragedy of Travis Maldonado

I have a few things I want to say about the Netflix documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, so if you haven’t watched it you should stop reading beyond this paragraph if you want to experience it firsthand, but a word of… Continue Reading “The Tragedy of Travis Maldonado”

The Power and Truth of Self-Awareness

The Power and Truth of Self-Awareness The reality is life is hard and sometimes even painful, but so is the truth.  We shouldn’t cover up the truth and we shouldn’t hide from life out of fear of or submission to hardship and pain. Many… Continue Reading “The Power and Truth of Self-Awareness”

A Journey Called Hope

Pulled from the archives,originally written in 2012,updated and expanded. Please be advised this entry discusses difficult emotions and suicide, it may not be appropriate for those easily disturbed or triggered by such topics. A Journey Called Hope When you’re just a kid and adults,… Continue Reading “A Journey Called Hope”

The Scars of Loss

The Scars of Loss We never forget the people we have lost. Sometimes our losses are so close to our heart that we lose a part of ourselves with the passing of our loved one. The pain from this kind of loss is initially… Continue Reading “The Scars of Loss”