The Difference Between Therapists and Blog Readers

Here in our blog world, we do the opposite -- we dissolve those boundaries entirely. We expose our rawest, most intimate feelings to each other. And other bloggers aren't our clients. They're our friends. Sure, we actively grieve our friends' losses, like friends do. But, how about those other bloggers we don't know, on whose blog doorsteps we find ourselves after blog-hopping or at the request of another blogger or through LFCA? You don't have to know these peers of ours to deeply feel the reverb of their stories. ...more
I've learned the signals for when I need to back away from trauma, be it reading one blog, ...more

Rock and/or Roll

My fist rock concert was Def Leppard on their Hysteria tour. I was 13. It was a shocking gift from my dad for my brother's 16th birthday. He drove us and two of my brother's friends across Lake Champlain to the Lake Placid Arena and dropped us off and went in search of a cup of coffee and a newspaper to entertain himself while we rocked out....more

The Three Faces of Eve on Christmas

A social scientist is always in a…position.Some would deem the position precarious, because those scientists ARE part of the world they study.  Others would deem the position magical, because…those scientists ARE part of the world they study....more
Hm. That's good to know, and interesting. And, sort of fits - in a way - with the whole "is a ...more

iPod Therapy

Are you someone who doesn't just listen to the music, the music is really the soundtrack of your life? That's me too! I remember when the Dateline Timeline questions would be posed and I always could nail the year by the music clue.  Seriously, my own life is a timeline set to music. And being this way meant I was Queen of the Mix-Tape throughout the 80's. ...more
I call it my "Self Esteem Playlist". Almost everything on it is by a lesbian woman or a Disney ...more

I fought for therapy. currently in week 3 of a six week therapy programme. Having survived sexual abuse as a girl child, I have had my fair share of therapists and different styles of the years and I always found group therapy the best because I learn so much from others. I watch and absorb and generally feel nourished by how normal my own experiences are - and perhaps comforted by the fact things aren't so bad for me afterall (perhaps there is a new syndrome to be named here: The Jerry Springer effect 'I'm bad but not that bad!'). ...more

Social Change:

Music is Medicine founder Leora Friedman, 19, writes to heart of Gold Girls: "I was five years old when I started singing, and I was ten when I started taking guitar lessons. Music was my hobby. It didn’t define me or inspire me – it was a creative outlet, a form of self-expression. It wasn’t until I was fifteen that music truly changed me....more

Meet Bipolar Knitter

Hello, there!I am Bipolar Knitter, known in some circles as Amy.  I was diagnosed with BP II about ten years ago, and it's been up and down (ha, ha) ever since.  I started my blog, Bipolar Knitter (formerly Pregnant Bipolar Knitter) when I was pregnant with my third child and having severe mental health issues....more

My Unflattering Truth

This is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but my truth. It’s also free therapy for me and maybe you too.To catch-up new readers here’s the gist:I was married for 7 years, we separated 8 months ago, and I have two kids from that marriage. I was unhappy for several years before we separated and, yes, we talked about it, went to counseling, read books, and on and on and on....more

kinder than necessary

kinder than necessary Be kinder than necessary ~ for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle....more

New Territory: Part 1

For whatever reason, I have not shared many of my dreams on here, even when they seem somewhat significant. I've always been of the belief that dreams were random pons firing in your brain when you're asleep, and sometimes related to whatever was on your mind before you went to sleep. Now that I've gotten more in touch my subconscious, I no longer believe that. I don't think you can necessarily take dreams at face value. For example, if you dreamed you were kissing your ex, it doesn't necessarily mean you want to leave your husband and have sex with your ex-boyfriend....more