I Didn't Choose Depression, But I Can Choose Other Things

October is Depression Awareness Month, and there have been a lot of brave souls and bold posts out there on the internets. I myself am someone who is burdened with what my psychiatrist kindly calls "a biological tendency toward the dark side," and so I find the posts to be a good call to community. I also think these posts serve as a reminder to all of us that struggle and weakness is as much a part of life as joy. But even if that's true, depression is still very, very hard. ...more
"Depression is not an emotion." That is the best and clearest way to say it, and yet so hard for ... more

best ab workout ever? most likely.

this is slightly terrifying but I'm totally gonna try it....more
Oh my god... that looks terrifying. Which is probably why we should do it! more

Hitting the Pavement

I need to start working out more. "Hitting the Pavement" as my dad likes to call it....more
Good luck getting back into a routine! I too have trouble figuring out when the best time to run ... more

How Running Gave Me the Courage to Heal

The fact is stark but surreal, and I often have to remind myself that it is actually true, that I was once involved in an abusive relationship. The details are not important. What matters is that I was in the relationship for a very long time, that I was a teenager when the relationship started and a grown-up in my late 20s when it ended. What matters is that, had anyone else come to me and recounted the kinds of things I was enduring, I would have told them unequivocally that they needed to leave, get out, run far far away. Maybe what matters most of all is that I’m out. ...more
I am using running as a way to battle my way through depression, and it really is helping. I've ... more

Every Scar Tells A Story

We never talked about the cancer. She had described herself as a cancer patient once, and I knew about the work she did to fundraise for a cure, but I never thought of her in this context. Our time together was something cancer would never penetrate. It was a Faraday cage that resisted the impertinent discharges of worry, doubt, anxiety and fear. In it, there was nothing but us at our most essential, our most free. ...more
This was so beautiful, and I am so sorry for your loss. more

Old Spice Guy: He's Back!

Never have so many gleeful exclamation points greeted an ad campaign but all hail the return of our aromatic hero: Old Spice Guy. Yes, OSG is back with a contest and hilarious new custom videos responding to his many adoring fans. Members of both sexes simply can't get enough of the self-described, "ridiculously handsome man" who is so rugged, even his throat clearing is the buzz of a chainsaw. Let the swooning begin anew. ...more

I love the Old Spice Guy commercials! They're entertaining, well made, and fun to watch. I don't ... more

Dealing with Content Thievery

This week, a site stole an article from Travelated (my group travel blog) and copied it, in full, on their own web site. I contacted the owner of the site  and (politely) asked that it be shortened to an excerpt or be removed....more

It's so frustrating. If you can't create your own content, then go find a different business to ... more

Dealing with Content Thievery

This week, a site stole an article from Travelated (my group travel blog) and copied it, in full, on their own web site. I contacted the owner of the site  and (politely) asked that it be shortened to an excerpt or be removed....more

Thanks for the link! I was really feeling at a loss--aside from asking them to take them down, ... more

Vegas Neighbors Aren't Normal

Life in Vegas is pretty good--except that all of my neighbors are insane.I've drawn some pictures for you....more

Thanks, Denise. I was completely dumbfounded by the vacuum cleaner episode. Was the man trying ... more

Week 3: Explore BlogHer.com and Win a BlogHer Food '11 Pass!

We still have so much good stuff on BlogHer.com to introduce you to, so how about we keep this going for another week and give you an opportunity to win your choice of a full conference pass to either BlogHer Food '11, May 20-21 in Atlanta, Georgia, or our annual conference, BlogHer '11, August 5-6 in San Diego, California? ...more

I want to go to BlogHer San Diego!

And I love the Kids Give Me Hope Page. It's incredibly ... more