Speak Up: National Day Without Stigma

Today is National Day Without Stigma! I'm sharing some information put together by Active Minds. I hope you'll join in and spread the word... National Day Without Stigma is a program of Active Minds, Inc. that falls during Mental Health Awareness Week (October 5-11, 2014). National Day Without Stigma is part of an ongoing effort … Continue reading Speak Up: National Day Without Stigma

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Help Spread the Word: National Day Without Stigma

Monday, October 6 is National Day Without Stigma. This is a wonderful idea started by Active Minds, a nonprofit organization that empowers students to speak openly about mental health. I've just stumbled upon this org, and am so glad it exists. As I've mentioned in my book, suicide is now the number two cause of death … Continue reading Help Spread the Word: National Day Without Stigma

Another Kind of Free: Virtual Book Launch Party Recording

On Friday, September 12, 2014, Another Kind of Free: Suicide Prevention in the Wake of Robin Williams' Death had its official launch. My publisher, Angela Lauria, of Difference Press, interviewed me during the day-long virtual launch party. We laughed; we cried; we had a ball for an amazingly quick forty-five minutes. Along with readings of … Continue reading Another Kind of Free: Virtual Book Launch Party Recording

Amazon Bestseller – Another Kind of Free: Suicide Prevention in the Wake of Robin Williams’ Suicide

I'm proud to announce that my memoir, Another Kind of Free: Suicide Prevention in the Wake of Robin Williams' Death, was a #1 bestseller in the Suicide category on Wednesday, September 10, National Suicide Prevention Day. Woo-hoo! It is currently hovering around #3 in the same category. This is great; hopefully more people who need … Continue reading Amazon Bestseller – Another Kind of Free: Suicide Prevention in the Wake of Robin Williams’ Suicide

Do What Scares You: Publishing My Memoir

Robin Williams committed suicide a few weeks ago and devastated me. I initially thought my reaction was irrational since I knew the man no better than any other schmuck who likes movies. But, I quickly figured out my problem and started writing about it. That writing, coupled with a reinterpretation of pages from my unpublished … Continue reading Do What Scares You: Publishing My Memoir

Discipline During Life’s Struggles: Ashburn Patch Article

A mom stays firm on rules through the tough times. My 2-year-old son went to daycare on Monday toting his shark costume for their Halloween parade. He came home in a Tigger outfit. Apparently, he wanted to be a horse instead of a shark and threw a major tantrum. (I have no idea why Tigger … Continue reading Discipline During Life’s Struggles: Ashburn Patch Article

Life After the Second Child: Chaotic, Joyous: Ashburn Patch Article

A mother with a new baby discovers how the human race has survived. Upon hearing tales of other second-time mothers giving birth in record speed, we had two different groups of friends and family standing by waiting for The Call. We welcomed my son into the world after four days of pre-labor, 18 hours of … Continue reading Life After the Second Child: Chaotic, Joyous: Ashburn Patch Article

Learning to Accept Help: Ashburn Patch Article

A little assistance from friends and family likely deserves a thank you, not a tantrum. “No, I’ll do it!” my son yells for the umpteenth time. We’re getting dressed for daycare. He has put on his socks, his underwear and his pants. Now, he’s having trouble with his shirt. I want to help him find … Continue reading Learning to Accept Help: Ashburn Patch Article

Living Life to Its Fullest: Ashburn Patch Article

Being surrounded by cancer patients can drive home a perspective. My large, unborn son is sapping away all of my iron intake. Twice a week, I find myself sitting in a chair at a hematology/oncology center getting infusions of iron by IV. I'm surrounded by cancer patients getting their regular doses of chemotherapy. Continued on … Continue reading Living Life to Its Fullest: Ashburn Patch Article