Posts in category "Advocacy"

That's It: No One Gets To Be On The Road

That's It: No One Gets To Be On The Road
I have no idea if the Divvy by that building in my neighborhood was a result of someone visiting that day, or if the person who was riding it was so drunk they couldn’t get themselves home, but didn’t think about the whole “returning the bike to Divvy” part. Either way, it amused me when... Read more »

Why "We Are Not Accepting New Patients" Is Literally Driving Me Mad

I guess a lot of people would just say it’s my own fault. I should get a better paying job. I should get a job with insurance. I should, should, should — I’m tired of getting should on by society, truth be told. If all of those things were that easy, don’t you think that... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »