Posts in category "Advocacy"

Thank You For Your Service

My friend, K, today says what I often think about our military (she is saying this in a Facebook status to her relatives who have served): I don’t always understand the decision to serve but I do understand some of the sacrifice in time, autonomy, and personal safety that you made when you joined up... Read more »

I Don't Mean To Scare You

There have been so many blog posts I have started to write in my head and just haven’t. It’s so ironic that I started this blog in an effort to de-stigmatize mental illness, and then just couldn’t really get into the thick of things once my mental illness had me by the throat. I was... Read more »

Let's Have A Quickie

I’ve been writing a little more lately, so I figure I wanted to stop by and keep the momentum up. I’m not sure what I have to say, so I’ll use this as a quick roundup just to have something to post. Any and all of these could turn into bigger blog posts, but I... Read more »
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You've Got To Know When To Hold 'Em, Know When To Fold 'Em

… know when to walk away, know when to run. Kenny Rogers had something there. I think this advice goes for all sorts of different situations besides shady poker tables, but to me, the gist is — You have to know the rules. And know when to break them. And know when to get out... Read more »

An Apology For Naysaying The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It’s a sensation that’s sweeping the nation. It was created to raise awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). And people are loving it or … hating it is a strong word … let’s go with the old school “dissing.” The premise is you film a video of yourself being doused... Read more »

It's Been Over 24 Hours, And I'm Still Sad About Robin Williams

Monday night, I wrote a piece about the unexpected suicide committed by Robin Williams. I first learned of his death when a reporter called Second City asking if anyone there had ever worked with him or had a story to share. I was dumbfounded. I knew that Robin had been struggling with his addiction in... Read more »
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The Story Of Josh Marks: When Reality TV Gets Too Real

A friend posted a link to Chicago Magazine’s article “The Voices in Josh Marks’ Head” on Facebook a few days ago. I was going to write something here at the time that he killed himself, but reading this helps me get my mind around it a little more. Kind of. Honestly, at some point, reading... Read more »

Billy Joel or Christie Brinkley -- Who Is The Crazy One?

This is a somewhat misleading headline, but let’s walk down this rabbit hole, shall we? For fear that I would derail an innocent thread on Jimmy Greenfield’s Facebook wall the other day, I thought I’d come and just explore my train of thought here, instead of turning the question of whether or not Billy Joel... Read more »

Mental Health Awareness Month In The Month Of Yam*

So they tell me it’s Mental Health Awareness Month. I guess last month was Alcohol Awareness Month. Ooookkkkkkaaaay. So, this blog is supposed to be me, advocating for people who suffer from or struggle with mental illness and addiction issues. This should be RIIIIGHT up my alley, yeah? I don’t know. First of all, I’ve... Read more »
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I Can See Clearly Now

This is a piece I read for Tuesday Funk this month. Thanks to Andrew Huff and Bill Shunn for inviting me. I hope you invite me back, and I’ll try to go a little lighter. And to everyone who’s “looking for some new music,” go check out The Avett Brothers*. The whole catalog. You’ll find... Read more »