A Small World; A Huge Nation Broken

The funny thing about our world these days is that Social Media vehicles like Twitter and Facebook have made it much smaller than it once was.  Due to the recent events in Newtown, Connecticut, and the immediacy of shared information, other countries are suddenly offering their input and participating in a dialog that was once uniquely American.  I’m new to Twitter, but I’m becoming more and more aware that I could be talking to someone across oceans, and certainly across thousands of miles of tundra.  I could be talking to someone who isn’t American, about a topic that conce...more
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Don't Feed the Fire

There's really nothing that any of us can say that can bring light or wisdom to the tragedy in Newtown. It was horrendous. Nothing can make it ok or justify any of it. Nothing will bring back those precious babies that were the same age and same grade as my Ava. It makes me sick thinking of the horror all those babies went through. Whether you're on either spectrum of the gun control debate, it doesn't matter. What does matter is that mental health needs to be taken more seriously. Maybe some people are just evil and nothing will ever help them....more

Massacre of the Innocents

Though a requirement for my Master's Degree, statistics have never been a strong suit for me.  I remember when first learning basic stats in high school there was mention about considering the stats rather than sample stories or examples because while the stories are compelling, they often do not show the bigger picture.  I know this to be true, and yet when I see statistics showing that gun violence is down since the 70s and 80s, that supposedly gun assaults and the US obsession with guns and other destructive weapons ...more

How to stop the man from bursting through the door

We have been through this before, but this, this feels different. These were babies. And though age does not determine the value of one’s life—these were babies, and as such our emotions are astronomically escalated....more

A book is where I hide from my demons. Where do you go?

Where do you go when you want to escape from the universe?   When you want to separate your identity from the masses?No husband. Wife. Kids. Pets. Friends. Just you? Where do you go??...more

Dodging Demons

Please get a glimpse of one of my new poems...I run awayhiding in bookschasing sentences that do not resemble mein an effort not to seethe chaos that is my lifeI look into the darknessfor a place to lay my headwhere I don’t have to face realityI disappear insteaddodging demons lurking behind unseen cornersdon’t want to deal with reality any longer... @MoodyMommi.com...more

mind over mattress

if we could play word association and i mentioned the word ‘bed’, you might have the following responses: • sleep • sex • cuddling • sick • insomnia • reading • watching t.v • headboard • comforter • duvet • pillows • murphy • bunk • twin • queen • king • sheets • room • dream • tired • nap • rest • snore •  morning night • relaxing • talking • feathers • cushion • soft • firm • spring • ...more
Thank you for sharing this! I too struggle with depression and anxiety and can totally relate to ...more

Radio Prank Gone Awry: Kate Middleton Nurse Found Dead, DJs Respond

The tragic news broke on Friday: Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse at King Edward VII Hospital who answered a prank phone call from two Australian radio DJs posing as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles during the Duchess of Cambridge's stay for Hyperemesis Gravidarum, was found dead of an apparent suicide....more
I agree completely. Very well said.more

Why Writers Need to be Resilient

“When the going gets tough, the tough keep going.” This is the Cliff Notes version of a concept known as “resiliency,” the ability to bounce back fast from adversity and reclaim your equilibrium. As a practicing clinical psychologist, I try to build resiliency in my clients, teaching them the skills they need to withstand the inevitable stresses and disappointments of daily life....more

How to Beat the Holiday Blues

Dazzling window displays, merry Santas and chestnuts roasting by an open fire. Tis the season to be jolly. Or is it? Now that Christmas and Hannukah are nearly upon us, many people find themselves struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety and stress. Instead of experiencing joy, they’re plunged into a state of near despair as they try to navigate elaborate family dinners, frenzied gift-giving and a numbing round of social events....more