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Taking Bipolar to Work

Taking Bipolar to Work

I become aware of a familiar hollowness in my chest, like something has been removed and I don’t know what it is. I feel shaky. I suggest to the participants in the 2-day workshop I am co-training that we take a break, even though it […]

The Middle Ground of Middle Age

The Middle Ground of Middle Age

It was my birthday. After class, I changed my clothes and drove to the large chain drugstore where I worked. I went to the back area where the employee lockers were and stowed my purse and jacket and walked back to the time clock to […]

The Writing on the Web

The Writing on the Web

An electrical cord has somehow twisted around his neck. He lies on his back, his arms pinned behind him underneath his convulsing body. His head is smashed at a right angle against the wall and there is so much froth in his throat he is […]

Answering “So What Do You Do?”

Answering “So What Do You Do?”

She tells me that her 11-year-old son, who is on the autism spectrum, hits her and laughs. When he watches a DVD he will put his Mario Brothers backpack next to him on the couch and talk to the backpack. He carries it around and […]

What Becomes of Six and a Half Pounds

What Becomes of Six and a Half Pounds

21 years ago I held this guy in my arms for the first time and was paralyzed by the thought of how much my life would change, having no idea that it would change even more than I had thought it could. This guy, who […]

A Suicide of One’s Own

A Suicide of One’s Own

There are different ways to say it: Took his own life. Self-inflicted death. Died at her own hands. Offed himself. Committed suicide. Killed herself. Multiple ways to wonder the same thing: Why? * Though her body of written work is extensive and laudable, Virginia Woolf […]

Transition Check-In: The Three

Transition Check-In: The Three

It hit me today that I have reached the point where I don’t always know where Nigel is – and I’m okay with that. He is in a supported living program. He’s not in college or driving. But he turns 21 in two months, and […]

The Unwelcome Presence of Epilepsy

The Unwelcome Presence of Epilepsy

I started to hear a repetitive banging noise coming from the living room, and I yelled out, “Stop the banging!” When it did not stop, I marched out to the living room. “I said to stop the banging! What are you doing?!” I yelled again, […]

The Journey: My Parenting Milestones

The Journey: My Parenting Milestones

I looked up “top parenting milestones” online, since with Aidan’s high school graduation this month I’ve made it to what I consider one of the biggest, and the first three pages of the search engine lists milestones for new parents. Baby milestones, like first time […]

The Health of Our Heads

The Health of Our Heads

In retrospect, I can recognize the signs. It starts with agitation. I mismatch and contradict what people say. My filters are gone and I sometimes say insensitive things, things I wouldn’t normally say or would have said more diplomatically. I don’t sleep well that night. […]