This is why I don’t do AA

Check out this story from The Fix about alleged discrimination/blacklisting of secular groups within AA. According to the third tradition of 12-step group Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), “the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.” Theoretically, this would mean the group’s atheist and agnostic members, of which there are a growing number, are […]

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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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What’s the right answer: Am I strong enough to stop/scale back therapy?

The New York Times has a series called Couch on psychotherapy and this morning’s article by Michael I. Bennett focused on the way both patients and their therapists handle winding down the frequency of treatment. It’s a good article and raises some good points. Most intriguing from my perspective was that sometimes both patient and therapist can come to […]

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Breaking Down New Year’s Resolutions

Blogger and friend Mandy Learo (OK Namaste) writes a column for one of the local papers here, and I really like what she has to say in her latest one about New Year’s Resolutions and applying a yoga tradition called sankalpa. Read the whole thing here, but for me this is the key takeaway: … A sankalpa […]

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It’s a Bogue-mas miracle!

So Bogey went out Monday evening and didn’t come in like he usually does when I go to the back patio door and call him. Now in the summer this isn’t too unusual, it’s warm enough out that he’ll stay out overnight night and then. And despite what the calendar may say, this weather hasn’t been […]

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Treatment ain’t cheap

The other day I received my benefit enrollment forms for 2016 and did some back of the napkin calculations on what my therapy & medication will cost next year (using this years appointment schedule & medication to plug in the gaps). It will cost me around $6,900.00 for health insurance, co-pays and medication. And that’s […]

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Looking back on it all day after day

How many of you check your Facebook “On This Day” feature on a regular or even daily basis? I know I do. Sometimes there’s a fun memory. Mostly it’s mildly interesting to see what I was up to in years past. But occasionally I’m faced with a dive back into the bad old days. The bad […]

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The Challenges and Next Steps for Mental Health Advocacy

Have you listened to the Conquer Worry podcast on mental health advocacy yet? If not, I strongly urge you to check out the conversation Jay Coulter had with advocates Andy Behrman and Gabe Howard. Their discussion covered a number of the different challenges facing mental health advocacy and they talked about some potential solutions, or […]

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Why “Call Me Lucky” is the best movie I’ve seen this year

Sometimes when you’re really looking forward to seeing a movie you’re inevitably disappointed by it, usually because you build it up in your head and go in with expectations so high that they’re unrealistic. But every so often you see something that exceeds even pretty lofty expectations. Such was my experience watching Bobcat Goldthwait’s documentary […]

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