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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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

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 That writing, coupled with a reinterpretation of pages from my unpublished … Continue reading Do What Scares You: Publishing My Memoir

Random Priorities

This morning, I woke up full of promise. I was going to finish writing the chapter summaries for my memoir, begin an SEO keyword analysis for my new client, and review writing posts from my book proposal classmates. I also planned to write a blog post. Each of these tasks is a necessity. Here's what … Continue reading Random Priorities

Getting Over Self-Censorship in Blogging

I've had this blog for a little over three years. At first I was Gung-Ho Blog! It was my space to release tension about my marriage, my friends, my job, and my world. I posted pictures of concerts, poetry about domesticity, and personal fears about lumps and careers. Strangers became friends and gave welcome feedback … Continue reading Getting Over Self-Censorship in Blogging

Sometimes sanity is a choice.

Storm on the ocean When I was 22 years old, I downed a bottle of Prozac and landed in the mental ward of PG County Hospital. I only spent five days there; but the experience changed the course of my life. A friend of a friend is currently going through some similar issues. She feels … Continue reading Sometimes sanity is a choice.