Deep Down

Shadows & Fog Let me tell you something. The next time you find out that someone you know has wrangled with clinical depression and come out the other side intact, immediately offer your sincerest congratulations. Because you are in the presence of heroic courage. You are in the presence of someone who has waged a […]

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Almost Normal

“Caution: Slippery When Wet” My heart goes out to the beleaguered citizens of Haiti. If I could, I would wave my magic wand and banish all natural disasters. They are one of the enormous levelers in this world. In an instant, no matter how cushy or hellacious your current life is, a hurricane or an […]

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Cancer Happens

Tempting the Fates? I might tick off a few people with this post, but so be it. I cannot control what or how anyone else thinks. Indeed, I can’t even control my own destiny. I might be able to exert an effect on it now and then, and I certainly don’t lay around passively awaiting […]

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GPS For Survivors

One good way to make someone crazy is to continually invalidate their experience. There are many ways to accomplish this, all of them mild to moderate variations on “gaslighting” someone, or “ruthlessly manipulating an individual, for nefarious reasons, into believing something other than the truth.” I’ve been on the receiving end of several versions, more […]

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