Archive for April 2013

Why am I so susceptible to stress? PTSD and triggers vs stressors

PTSD is weird. Some days you feel like you’re at an extremely close approximation of normal. Other days, you’re more susceptible. And still other days, you’re triggered or stressed by everything. This past week week and weekend was in the “susceptible” zone. And when you have PTSD, it’s harder to handle additional stress. It’s part... Read more »

The D word

The D word
No, I’m not talking about swearwords like damnation, darn, damn, douche, d-bag, dickhead (whee, that was fun!). I’m talking about “disabled.” We’re in the 21st century. I kind of expect people to already know that “disabled” is not a good way to identify people. So, it really throws me for a loop when people talk... Read more »

How not to be a jerk after the Boston Marathon bombing (or any other tragedy)

1. Don't blame any one social, political, religious, or ethnic group for the attack. Namely, don't blame the Middle Easterners or Muslims. Blame just the person(s). Evil isn't a consequence of heritage. Evil is evil.
In times of tragedies, a few people become jerks, and the jerks ramp up their assholery, which is all the more amplified by social media. Seeing and hearing about these posts made me realize that maybe, just maybe, these people need a guide on how not to be a jerk. I don’t doubt that I’ve... Read more »
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PCOS, NFP, Implanon, and faith

I promise I won’t be too icky with this blog post, but I will be talking about our favorite Aunt Flo. Within the context of faith and healthcare. It’s kind of a memoir-ish post. Consider yourselves warned. I remember worrying that I was the next Virgin Mary whenever my period didn’t come for up to... Read more »

Run away, Faith Shirley! IBLP and Bill Gothard are dangerous

Run away, Faith Shirley! IBLP and Bill Gothard are dangerous
When I read that a 16 year old girl, Faith Shirley, ran away from Bill Gothard’s cultic Institute of Basic Life Principles (IBLP) training center out in Hinsdale, I was relieved. I understand that runaway teens can cause much heartache to their families, and I can sympathize with the pain of simply not knowing how... Read more »

Kicking them while they're down: Haters attacking Rick Warren after his son's suicide

Kicking them while they're down: Haters attacking Rick Warren after his son's suicide
Let me get this straight. I’m not exactly a fan of Rick Warren, his theological and social views, and his ministries. However, that does not and should not impact my own compassion and respect for the Warren family as they grieve. Nor should it yours. That’s why I was pissed when I heard that people... Read more »
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This is what "normal" feels like? I think I like it

I finally figured out why I felt so, well, weird this week. Do you know the feeling where, when everything is going well, you have this sense that surely life can’t be this good and all that is good and holy is going to end up in the shitter? It didn’t. And that felt weird.... Read more »

I believe, even though I don't always feel particularly faithful.

In, out. Ebb, flow. Sunrise, sunset. We flower and we fade. Joy. Suspicion. My faith has always cycled, and as I’ve gotten older and talked with other people who believe and read books, it seems that faith cycles are quite common. Even among people who may have grown up with unhealthy, abusive, ugly examples of... Read more »