Well, it has happened: Ben has been laid off from his job. When I picked him up yesterday, he had just emerged from the “meeting” some of us know all too well. We love you. We think you are awesome. We just have to lay off some people because of the season, and unfortunately you are one of them.
Sharing Can Shape Our Lives
“For what we are, we are by sharing…and it is by sharing that we move toward the light.” These words come from my temple’s prayerbook for the Jewish New Year, and they never fail to re-ignite my sense of purpose each year.
Before Ben Had a Job, He Took [...]
For the first time in years, Ben has spoken to me about goals – and he actually has some, that he is willing to share with me.
When you have a goal, it can be risky to say it out loud. What if you fail? What if your dreams don’t come true?
Treatment, the [...]
Add Bruce Springsteen to the list of celebrities willing to talk about their mental issues.
Springsteen talks about his lifelong battles with depression in a 16,000-word New Yorker profile hitting the stands this week.
Every time someone in the public eye is willing to talk about mental illness, the door opens to acceptance just a [...]
(Portions of this article first published as Stop and Twirl: Honoring Joyful Moments with Happiness on Technorati.)
Last month’s travels were mostly for speaking engagements and book signings, but one destination was for VOICE 2012 (a voice -over conference), held at the Disneyland resort. One morning I walked through Downtown Disney, and watched excited families [...]
There are so many working to increase awareness, reduce stigma, advocate for proper treatment and services for those with mental illness – and their families. Sharing stories, spreading the word, creating events, producing documentaries, writing letters, speaking to legislators – we are everywhere.
Here are some terrific links I hope you will check out and [...]
Best Mothers’ Day gift ever: the Miracle of Ordinary. Just a simple family dinner for 5, out on the deck, with everyone trying hard to do it all without my help (and me trying hard to stay out of the preparations, not always successfully but close!) Cute. Sweet. In a MasterCard word: Priceless
Why? So [...]
Like so many people I know, I have no short answer when people ask me, “So what do you do?”. If given just a few words, I guess I can say “I talk and write for a living”, or “I communicate professionally.” But, really? I am a serious dabbler – and insatiably curious information-seeker and [...]
January 4th already. Happy New Year, 2012! Always a good time to look back – but not for too long. Also an exciting time to preview what’s possible, as well as planned, for the new year.
BBHV spotted at social workers Conference
In our family we do a “year in review” of our own [...]
It can be so easy to get used to success, then to keep wishing for that higher bar. I’ve read that it’s a human to forget extreme physical pain – otherwise why choose another bout with labor and childbirth? – but what about the emotional pain attached to crisis periods in mental illness?
All it [...]