• This is not a post about Disney, or Cinderella, or the movie that I haven’t seen. This is a post about a post, by a mom who wants to explain “What Cinderella Teaches Girls About Abuse.” To paraphrase, she says that the movie teaches girls that the answer to all of life’s problems is to be kind,… [Continue Reading]

    Cinderella and Abuse: She Can’t “Just Leave”
  • Fair warning: I’m going to swear, at the end of this. Something is very wrong. At first, I thought that I was exhausted from holiday travel, and I assumed that this had triggered mid-winter depression. It’s not uncommon. I asked my psychiatrist for a higher dose of anti-depressants and bought a sun lamp. It let… [Continue Reading]

    Medical Mystery, 27 Months Postpartum
  • This week was unexpectedly intense, in my online world; I wonder if there is a polarizing issue that didn’t come up, among my close friends. I have some distance, because I didn’t end up in the middle of anything, and I have so much empathy, for everyone. Not long ago, I hurt my friend. I… [Continue Reading]

    Fear and Friendship: Repairing the Damage
  • 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
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Cinderella and Abuse: She Can’t “Just Leave”

This is not a post about Disney, or Cinderella, or the movie that I haven’t seen. This is a post about a post, by a mom who wants to explain “What Cinderella Teaches Girls About Abuse.” To paraphrase, she says that the movie teaches girls that the answer to all of life’s problems is to be kind, […]

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Medical Mystery, 27 Months Postpartum

Fair warning: I’m going to swear, at the end of this. Something is very wrong. At first, I thought that I was exhausted from holiday travel, and I assumed that this had triggered mid-winter depression. It’s not uncommon. I asked my psychiatrist for a higher dose of anti-depressants and bought a sun lamp. It let […]

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Fear and Friendship: Repairing the Damage

This week was unexpectedly intense, in my online world; I wonder if there is a polarizing issue that didn’t come up, among my close friends. I have some distance, because I didn’t end up in the middle of anything, and I have so much empathy, for everyone. Not long ago, I hurt my friend. I […]

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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 […]