• I’ve been meaning to read this fairy tale for years, and I’m so glad I finally did. It’s beautiful, and it’s such a perfect illustration of everything it takes to overcome mental illness that I really have to share. (Pause: yes, this is the Hans Christian Andersen story they took as their inspiration for Frozen, but… [Continue Reading]

    Finding My Soul or, Mental Illness in The Snow Queen
  • With American Express promoting this Small Business Saturday idea, it can seem pretty distant. Their idyllic little shops don’t look much like the family businesses in my own neighborhood. Inside our little apartment, under my name, there are two small businesses trying to get their little engines up a very big hill towards Profits: Welcoming Birth,… [Continue Reading]

    What “Small Business Saturday” Can Mean
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  • HypnoBirthing practitioners are supposed to end our third class (there are five classes, in each course) with a guided visualization exercise that helps expectant parents release any fears they might have about birthing and parenthood, and take back any power they’ve given away, leaving them feeling totally confident and empowered. When I got my certification… [Continue Reading]

    Fear Release
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Finding My Soul or, Mental Illness in The Snow Queen

I’ve been meaning to read this fairy tale for years, and I’m so glad I finally did. It’s beautiful, and it’s such a perfect illustration of everything it takes to overcome mental illness that I really have to share. (Pause: yes, this is the Hans Christian Andersen story they took as their inspiration for Frozen, but […]

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What “Small Business Saturday” Can Mean

With American Express promoting this Small Business Saturday idea, it can seem pretty distant. Their idyllic little shops don’t look much like the family businesses in my own neighborhood. Inside our little apartment, under my name, there are two small businesses trying to get their little engines up a very big hill towards Profits: Welcoming Birth, […]

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Fear Release

HypnoBirthing practitioners are supposed to end our third class (there are five classes, in each course) with a guided visualization exercise that helps expectant parents release any fears they might have about birthing and parenthood, and take back any power they’ve given away, leaving them feeling totally confident and empowered. When I got my certification […]

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“The Family Rock” – Helpful and Problematic

I’ve named my job in my family as “rock,” but that name needs a post of its own, to talk about the problematic associations of that image. First, here’s why I use it, and why it’s helpful to me: If you lean on a rock, it supports you. My partner in life has been so […]

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I Am A Rock: In Which Anxiety Does Not Win

My new job: be the family’s rock. Two reasons. 1) I want to feel more independent; I have consistently leaned hard on the people in my life for help, out of a dire need for emotional or financial support that really doesn’t exist as a pressing need, anymore, thanks to all the progress I’ve made, […]

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A Holiday Giggle

I took a survey for the BlogHer Visionaries panel (a fancy name for “take this survey for a chance to win money” and ‘if you have lots of Twitter followers you will maybe be chosen to Tweet for this company for pay,” which hasn’t happened to me, yet) and the following question came up: I’m […]

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The Toddler Wants You To Know!

Walt, age 2, just RAN into the living room, after his bath, still in his birthday suit, to show me “han! han!” [sounds like “hand” without the “d” – not like Han Solo] touching his wrinkly little palms with his wrinkly little fingertip. “So I said “What happened to your hands?” And he held them […]