If you want to understand depression, I cannot recommend this book enough…

From “The Depths: Understanding the Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic” by Jonathan Rottenberg: An important lesson is that the mood system typically has natural resilience. As Sophocles wrote, “Gentle time will heal our sorrows.” Healing in grief is likely sped up by culturally based rituals and rites that provide social and acceptable outlets for […]

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What I’m reading: “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression” by Andrew Solomon

Last night I began Andrew Solomon’s “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression” and will post a full review once I complete it. Aside from my own bias against the demon analogy, which I’ve written about here, this book seems incredibly promising as a prompt for thinking about depression, how it is understood and how that understanding […]

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Book review: The Girl on the Train

Last summer I was taking the train from upstate New York into the city to see my brother and his fiance. Rolling through the Hudson Valley in August is a treat- the verdant hills and woods, the starkness of the cliffs against the blue sky. It’s one of the prettiest train rides there is, right […]

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What kind of atheist am I?

The kind that doesn’t believe in god(s). Haha… Get it? Actually, it’s a broader question about how I conduct myself as a non-believer and what does that mean for how I interact with others, from the deepest believer to the most radical anti-theist. Two incidents this week have me thinking about this topic. One was an […]

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Reintroducing myself for 2015

Yeah, yeah, I know, this isn’t actually my first post of the New Year but I came across what I thought was a helpful writing exercise for bloggers and it fits into how I maintain this blog. The advice was to introduce yourself to your readers. While I suspect many, if not most, of my […]

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Not Absence, But Awareness

Today I had a great, great session with my therapist. Our conversation today centered on mindfulness, meditation and becoming aware of thoughts and emotions and dealing with them. She was the one who first described mindfulness to me, as a useful skill set to help manage my anxiety. All mindfulness is, in this context, is […]

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Answering questions on religion, spirituality, feminism and more…

One of the blogs that I read on a regular basis is “Hessian with Teeth,” a blog by two university students that regularly delves into topics like those in the title of this post (in fact, they describe themselves by saying “This site is all about ideas”). Recently they’ve reached a milestone on their blog and […]

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My recent reading list

Last week I went to the Skaneateles Library book sale and wound up with about a dozen near-new to gently-used books for under $20. Reading  has been an absolutely wonderful activity I’ve taken up again since I’ve stopped drinking and have been on my anti-depressants. While I was drinking I stopped reading because it was hard […]

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