this life-long fast [*a poem*]

This Life-Long Fast Just saw a headline in the Huffington Post. Winter Cocktails Gone Wild. And I am choked by my longing.  I can’t explain it easily, but I’ll try. I still crave alcohol.  Not in the way you might think.  Infrequently.  And not when or where you might expect. I go to church in a bar,…

There’s no cute title for writing about Clinical Depression.

And isolation breeds isolation which creates the stigma and discrimination we need to eliminate. The brain is an organ — just like the heart, liver and kidneys — and we need to encourage everyone to treat it as such from both a medical and social perspective. Joe Pantoliano, Founder of “No Kidding, Me Too.” If…

Can depression lead to a richer spiritual life?

Our tears so blind our eyes that we cannot see our mercies.                — John Flavel (1627-1691) The thoughts by Dr. Parker Palmer below are beautifully expressed and echo my experience with clinical depression.  If you’ve never suffered, it may enlighten or expand your notions and ability to empathize.  Reading it was a comfort to…