Mental Health

The Myth of Depression

As you may remember, after the NOKWID project several years ago, I crashed, hard, spent several months deep in depression. And I just now finally feel like I’ve climbed out of that hole, a hole I had ironically dug for myself. I felt forever tired, forever useless, forever a burden on my family. Nothing gave […]

Teaser Tuesdays: The Psychology of Hope

Reading back through some of the old posts on this blog, I see a man who saw wonderful possibilities for his future, and an undiminishable drive to pursue those possibilities; a man who saw the future as his salvation, not as his curse. What happened to that man? He’s still inside me, beat down by […]

The Health of Venting Anger

Back when I was but a teenager, working at the local Shaw’s Supermarket, I was promoted from bagging groceries, to ringing them up behind the cash register, to working behind the front desk. Shortly after this last promotion, I happened to have an argument with another of the employees who worked back there. I don’t […]

All I Got for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

Actually, the coolest gift I got this Christmas was from my brother, a set of red-wine glasses. No, not red-wine-colored glasses that distort everything you see so that you think you’re drunk. But rather wine goblets, stemware, specifically designed for drinking red wine out of them. It was exactly what I wanted! I’m not a […]

Why Are We So Unhappy Having All These Things?

One of my daughters today was approaching tears, when I almost blew up at her. I didn’t actually yell at her, I hope, but I felt my temperature and voice rising in unison. She was upset, because we didn’t have an extra pool pass, so that she could go to the community pool party today, […]