A Cold Road: Danny Michel

I heard this song today for the first time and it really resonated.  If you feel like it, sit back, close your eyes, and have a listen.  I’ve included the lyrics, below.   A Cold Road Go on and let someone love you Go on and open your heart Rise to the sunrise with wide…

Still I Rise

These powerful words written by Maya Angelou speak to me.   Annie. Still I Rise You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may tread me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like…

“A man is rich….”

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.    Thoreau

Being, Belonging, Doing, Becoming: To Thine Own Self Be True

I am trying to get back on track. For much of the past week, I’ve been so dissociated that I’ve felt like I’ve been “viewing my life from fifty feet high up in the air,” as Olga Trujillo describes it. It’s upsetting.  It’s frightening.  I don’t want to be like that.  I can’t be like…

Repost: Lidia Yuknavitch: The Misfit’s Journey

“The Chronology of Water” is definitely going on my “to read” list!   Annie. The misfit’s journey: Writer Lidia Yuknavitch tells her story at TED2016 The misfit’s journey: Writer Lidia Yuknavitch tells her story at TED2016 Posted by: Kate Torgovnick May February 18, 2016 at 1:30 pm PST Writer Lidia Yuknavitch has a favorite word:…

Quick Thoughts

What I’m Reading:  I just had my mind blown by “The Wild Truth,” Carine McCandless’s response to her famous brother’s Chris’s story, “Into the Wild”.  Carine is brave and methodical in telling the truth about the domestic violence and dysfunction in her family that led her brother to venture off into the wilds of Alaska,…

The Book of Truths

Singer-songwriter  Craig Cardiff  passes around a “Book of Truths” during his concerts. This is a blank journal in which audience members are invited to write some personal truth about themselves, anonymously. Over the years Cardiff’s Book of Truths has become a loved and popular feature of his concerts.  He now has over 300 journals, inscribed…

Sacred Struggle

Trigger warning – the following contains reference to violence in childhood and describes a binge eating episode.  Please take care of yourself. ________________ During the weekend I struggled with some depression that had me flat on my back in bed for many hours.  I was upset and disappointed, because it caught me off guard as…

Quick Thoughts

What I’m Doing with my Blog: I’ve added a “Resources” page which is accessible at the top right of the blog. It contains a few items right now, and I will be updating it with resources that I’ve returned to over and over again. Information resources will be listed, as well as resources for relief,…

What a Dissociative Disorder Looks Like

A couple of years ago, life piled up, and mental health concerns disabled me.  One of the hardest — and most helpful — things for me to come to grips with has been a diagnosis of “Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified” or “DDNOS.” The diagnosis was hard for me to accept because I didn’t want…