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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Make a checklist for a positive weekend

There’s nothing worse than a wasted weekend. Well, that’s not true, there are MUCH worse things than a wasted weekend. But if you’re like me sometimes you’ll find yourself at home on a Sunday evening and think “Damn, I didn’t do ANYTHING this weekend.” It’s happened to me more than I’d care to admit or […]

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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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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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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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