For the next month or so, I am reflecting back on summers in my past, partially to discern why my depression tends to get worse in the summer, and partially as a project to get myself writing again. I'm thinking back on those days, seeing what I did and how I felt, and seeing what … Continue reading The Summer of 2017
For the next month or so, I want to write about the summers in my life. I have discerned that my depression is often at a low point during the summer, which could be connected to some “small-t traumas” I have experienced throughout my life during the summer. And yet, despite that, I know that … Continue reading The Summer of 2018
People sometimes ask me, "How are you doing?" or "How are you feeling?" Sometimes, of course, it's just blah blah small talk, like all of us engage in. But sometimes, people will ask me, "How are you doing?" and I know that they're asking it regarding my mental health. They're not just saying hello, they're … Continue reading How is your brain today?
The Dark Voice has been talking to me a lot lately. The Dark Voice is the name I have given to the voice inside me that has been telling me lies for most of my life, lies that I have so often believed. The Dark Voice tells me things like: You are worthless. You should … Continue reading Lent with the Dark Voice
I haven't written a blog post about myself at a particular age in a while, and I'm running out of time to do so. We're getting very close to my current age, so I thought I'd better throw another one of those in before it's too late. (That, and I also couldn't come up with anything … Continue reading Forty-One
I grew the moustache. I blogged a few times. I told anyone who asked about the #Movember movement. I told people the importance of men's health. I told them how so many men either ignore or refuse help when they need it. I told them how important it was for men to take care of … Continue reading My Movember Confession
So the picture above is of me today, November 21. Look how luxuriant and thick that moustache is. Not bad for three weeks of growth, right? Ah, how I wish. You see, this year I cheated. The "official rules" of the Movember program is that you begin November clean-shaven, and grow the moustache in throughout … Continue reading Cheating in Movember
It's day seven of Movember. Throughout this month, many people around the world (including me) are growing moustaches to build awareness of men's health issues. Many, many thanks to all the kind women who commented on my post a few days ago, in which I aired my concerns about focusing on men at a time … Continue reading You’re Not a Burden.
It's day three of Movember, the month in which I join millions of other men in wearing a moustache, in order to bring awareness to men's health issues. But I'll be honest: there's something that seems really off this year about this, especially so soon after the Kavanaugh hearings. There's something that just seems wrong … Continue reading Movember in an Age of #MeToo
I have been rocking an excellent multicolored beard for some time now. It's become more and more grey, with flecks and stripes of red still in it as a throwback to my youth. (My beard has always come in red, despite my dark brown hair. Call me GingerChin. No, actually, please don't.) But now the … Continue reading It’s Movember