The first week of June was filled with devastation and despair. First, Kate Spade, a celebrated handbag designer, committed suicide at the age of 55. Then, Anthony Bourdain, acclaimed chef and storyteller on his show Parts Unknown, committed suicide at the age of 61. Lastly, a comprehensive study from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) … Continue reading Suicide in the 21st Century
As soon as the temperature dropped into the sixties and the scent of fall permeated the air around us I felt myself sinking. The changing season means that the sun will be dipping into the horizon earlier and by the time we leave work the landscape surrounding us will be shrouded in darkness. It reminds … Continue reading Feeling S.A.D.?
For the past year (maybe even more) I have been struggling to get back into regular treatment with a therapist. It’s something I don’t talk about because it’s a frustrating process. I won’t waste much time on how hard it is to get access to healthcare. Seeing a regular doctor for a routine health issue … Continue reading Mental Healthcare is a Struggle
"Body on the Tracks" Huddled. An empty train packed. Delayed. Half hour commute tripled. Paused for Signal. Still silent bodies wait. We appreciate your patience. Rerouted. Shuttle buses to final destinations. Tracks closed from Belmont to North/Clybourn. Two miles of investigation. Attempts to make sense of the unknown. Two miles of collection. Piecing together an … Continue reading Body on the Tracks
We are stubborn, fearful of rejection, and don't want to "bother" anyone, or at least that's how I feel when I think of asking anyone for anything. I get anxious even just asking my roommate/best friend/therapist if I can eat some of her chips. Okay, so, normally instead of some I eat them all, but … Continue reading Asking Is The Hard Part
It happens. You were super busy, feeling confident and capable of it all. And then you hit a wall. Not a literal wall, but something inside holds you back. That's what happened to me these past few months. Things were falling into place, but then I shifted. Everything felt wrong and scary. I had trouble looking … Continue reading Bouncing Back From the Blues