Perfect Hair

I went to bed at 9:00 p.m. that night. Exhausted after a long week on the road. At 10:30 p.m. my phone rang and I ignored it. At 10:32 p.m. my phone rang again and I turned it off. At 11:00 p.m. I awoke to my husband gently shaking me and telling me I needed to get up. He’d been in another town visiting friends when he got the call. He made the two hour trip home to be sure that he was the one who broke the news. My mother had been institutionalized after an attempted suicide and would be held in the facility until someone came to claim her....more

Embrace What Makes You Unique~ Why we need more people like Draven Rodriguez & Graham Moore

From Seriously Not Boring: “Embrace What Makes You Unique~ Why we need more people like Draven Rodriguez & Graham Moore” by Jennifer Roberts Bittner ...more

Borderline Personality Disorder: What Does it Feel Like?

My teachers would spend hours talking about me, trying to figure out what was going on. I knew that and I liked the attention. I mean, there were almost 40 kids in a classroom, and my teachers spent their meetings discussing me – that made me important, didn't it? Then, for some reason, I began thinking about death, and to be more specific – about self-inflicted death. ...more
Thank you for sharing your story. I know that it isn't easy to put yourself out there, ...more

Great Expectations... and Great Disappointments

Today I read about Rachel Gow, a woman who took her life because she was not where she thought she should have been...more
Never say never.  We don't know what's around the corner for us.   I appreciate your story ...more

Suicidal Student Kicked Out Of Dorm Because He Might Negatively Impact Other Students

TW: talk of suicideImagine this: a student living in a university residence contacts his Residence Life don. He has fallen and injured himself, and there is blood everywhere. He is afraid he might die. He needs help.Surely in this scenario the don would seek immediate assistance for the student. They would bring him to a clinic or perhaps a hospital. Once the student had recovered, they would welcome him back to residence – maybe even put up a banner or throw a little party.Certainly the student would not be asked to leave the residence....more

Happiness has a bounty

When did it become so unsafe to leave your home? When you chose happiness! That's it. Above your mistakes, regrets, failures, put downs, shut downs, let downs, secrets, private moments, split second decisions- when you choose your life and you muffled your pain with the fabric of your smile- you silenced your fears and agreed with your past. Dealt with your truths, flaunted your flaws, fell in love with your hardships. Chronologically organized your issues and dealt with them accordingly....more

One Less Worry

If you could permanently get rid of one worry, what would it be?The possibility of self harm or suicide, committed by my only child.My answer is simple, although the problem and its solution, not so much. My son lives with mental illness. And this worry is a constant one....more

Random, with a side of controversial

Religion. Politics. Suicide. Feminism. Funeral plans. Ferguson....more

The Sadness Behind Suicide

(Photo Compliment of Sue Schwabauer Hoeksema)...more

Saturday Select and Why I'm All Blair Witch-y

Happy Saturday, dear reader. As you're reading this post, you're probably in your jammies.. sipping a hot cup of coffee and if you're REALLY lucky - you're doing all this before your kids get up and you have to kick it into high gear and drag them all over God's green earth.  But not me. I'm not really here right now. You'll never believe where I am right now. No. Go ahead and guess. Give up? I'm camping with Cassie and her Girl Scout troop. Like.....more