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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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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Déjà Vu All Over Again

Did you ever find yourself doing something innocuous that unexpectedly unhinges you? You’re cleaning out a closet, say, and you come upon the umbrella your mother bought that weekend when you took her to the Big Apple for her birthday to see a play, and you got caught in a sudden rain shower. And you […]

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