“Do you feel pressure?” “No, well, maybe a little bit.” “Why?” “There’s pressure to see if we connect.” I was asked the above question during a somewhat recent date. On the whole, the conversation flowed. In our conversations, we talked about little things like where we had lived, but the conversation also went deeper than […]
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The cold nights begin, as that winter air creeps in, slowly but surely. I do love this time of year, as the days are warm, and the nights are cool. It’s great weather for sleeping, which is something I used to really struggle with, and sometimes still do. For the most part, I’ve learned to […]
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I just can’t seem to stay away… In the book I’m working on, I write about my first trip to Portland in vivid detail. I ate good food, listened to some good music, and experienced nature in abundance. It was such an amazing trip, but lurking on the background was the pain and trauma that […]
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In times of trouble, there are those we seek out more than others. Life can be a challenge to navigate. There are ups and downs, and if I may be frank, this has been a bit of a down year. Few things have gone the way I wanted them to, and they have me attempting […]
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And suddenly you’ll change. September is always a time when a lot of people move, and that was the talk of the office for a time. People were scoping out new living situations, scheduling movers, and making the last minute decisions. You always feel like you’re hanging on by the skin of your teeth, like […]
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“Do you want to play trivia tonight?” The question was simple enough. I was fresh off my sojourn to Costa Rica, and I was ready to get back in the swing of things. I’d had no choice but to spend my summer in Central America, but it turned out to be one of the best […]
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Sometimes, the things we can’t see are the hardest to grapple with. My family home was beautiful and brown, at least it was when we first moved in. It was a good-sized place, and my Dad had several pieces added to it to accommodate our growing family. I moved from a room at the front […]
Read more "The Reality of Mental Health"
Sometimes, all we need is a piece. Decisions in our lives are a constant, but some are big enough to make you doubt yourself, to make you pause, and wonder if you’re capable of making the choice on your own. We might want to consult someone else. We want to make sure we consider the […]
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There is no turning back. Change is not something that’s always easy to grasp, or even to notice. Sometimes, the changes are big and dramatic, like someone having a baby or moving to another place, and it’s clear that some aspect of your life is different than it used to be. You realize it when […]
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At a certain point, you realize you’re leaving the path. One time, I got lost in the woods. It was nighttime, and I won’t get into too many of the specifics, but I will say that it was terrifying. I looked around, and all I could see were blackened trees, shadows, and a sprawling darkness. […]
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