Mental Health, Donald Trump, and the curious case of the Goldwater Rule.

So Donald Trump is not a normal candidate for President. He’s an egotist, an ignoramus, a racist and someone who incites hate among his supporters. But is he crazy? Insane? Off the reservation? Not playing with a full deck? Cuckoo pants? The question of the state of Donald Trump’s mental health is coming up more […]

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Wow! Check out this epic takedown of mental health shamers and stigma!

//giphy.com/embed/us8FXd0EtOXXa via GIPHY The stigma surrounding mental health has been well documented on this blog (and more broadly across a coalition of advocacy groups and individual mental health advocates), and it continues to foster shame, silence and even personal and professional impediments to individuals with a mental health issue. Whether it it intentional or accidental […]

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To the Groundhog

I wake up every day, right here, right in Punxsutawney, and it’s always February 2nd, and there’s nothing I can do about it. – Phil Connors (Bill Murray) Groundhog Day is one of my favorite movies, definitely in my top ten. It’s funny, it’s a bit philosophical, a bit sad and with a touch of […]

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Geese on the lake

I needed to get out and do something active yesterday, because I was in danger of spending the weekend just sitting around the house, which is one of the easiest ways to set myself up for a recurrence of my depression. Getting outside and taking a long walk around the village is one of the best ways […]

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Answers to unaskable questions

Yes, yes, I know, I know, “unaskable” isn’t a word. This title ought to be something along the lines of “Answers to questions you’re afraid to ask.” But I went with “unaskable.” This post is based on an exchange I had on Facebook with a friend regarding my last post. He began by writing: “I […]

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Super Blood Moon Eclipse (Photos)

Here are some pictures I was able to take last night of the Super Blood Moon eclipse. They aren’t all great and you can find some excellent hi-res photos elsewhere I’m sure, but this was my first real go at lunar photography, and I think I did OK. The darker and redder the moon got […]

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Can I get back into mindfulness meditation?

I confess, this summer I’ve been slipping. I haven’t been following through on my mindfulness meditation practice and it’s starting to show. I find myself edgier, more irritable and anxious. My thoughts fly around my head and I have a hard time focusing and considering them. Once that happens it becomes very easy to fall […]

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Two-thirds of gun deaths in the US are suicides

Watch this eye-opening video from Vox.com: I’ve said before and I’ll say it again- if I had access to a gun the morning I tried to kill myself I have no doubt I would not be here today. The discussion here about the impulsive nature of suicidal thoughts and actions and the rate at which […]

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