Answering the Quaker Questions

I was recently at a meeting where the leader led us in something called the "Four Quaker Questions." A little bit of googling has led me to believe that these questions are widely used as icebreakers in religious groups, but that they have no connection whatsoever to the Society of Friends (aka the Quakers). That's … Continue reading Answering the Quaker Questions

Nineteen

So in a way, today's post is a sequel to yesterday's. You'd think it would take place right after it. Yesterday's post was about the year I was eighteen, so you'd think this one would be about when I was nineteen. Well, it sort of is. But most of the action took place long before I … Continue reading Nineteen

I’m a Bit of a Fan

Day 7 of Walking and Blogging. Uhhh. Okay. Maybe just Blogging today. So, on day 7 I failed to get my 10,000 steps in. I have two excuses. One, it is stupidly hot and humid, and I am tired of being drenched in sweat. And two, a new game was released today for the iPad. … Continue reading I’m a Bit of a Fan

Moving the Source of Darkwater

What happened today was a long time coming. I have to start from the beginning. Forty-two years ago, I was baptized at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Breakerville, a small town in the coal regions of Pennsylvania. (I’ve changed the names of both the church and the town, for reasons you'll get to in a … Continue reading Moving the Source of Darkwater

Snapshot Extra: A Mother’s Perspective

In the "Snapshots of My Depression" series, I've shared vignettes from my childhood and adolescence when I experienced an episode of depression. Now that I've shared my hospitalization story, I've completed this part of the series. There are more snapshots to come, but these will be snapshots of my depression during my adult life. (I'm … Continue reading Snapshot Extra: A Mother’s Perspective

Snapshots of My Depression #4: The Myke Treatment

This is one in a series of posts I’m calling “Snapshots of my Depression.” These are memories of times in my life when my mental illness manifested itself in one way or another. I called this post "The Myke Treatment." There are two words there I'll have to explain. I'll take them one at a … Continue reading Snapshots of My Depression #4: The Myke Treatment

Snapshots of My Depression #3: Awards Night

This is one in a series of posts I’m calling “Snapshots of my Depression.” These are memories of times in my life when my mental illness manifested itself in one way or another. I wish I could remember the details. I really don't. All I know is that I was miserable. It was awards night … Continue reading Snapshots of My Depression #3: Awards Night