Casting Call: Would You Discuss Your Mental Illness on Television?

So, sometimes when you've spent years bleeding all over the Internet, people turn up you wouldn't otherwise expect. For example, a casting producer from an Emmy-award-winning reality television production company left a message on my voicemail Friday afternoon....more
addyeB  @ritaarens Oh the potential for sensationalism scares me so much. We've seen it even ... more

RIP Karyn Washington, Founder of For Brown Girls and #DarkSkinRedLip

Karyn Washington, the inspirational founder of the blog For Brown Girls, committed suicide on April 8, according to Madame Noire. She was only 22. Stunned. #KarynWashington...more
So very tragic and terribly sad. As a survivor suicide loss myself, as well as someone with ... more

What Blogging Voice Need Do You Fill?

There was an awesome moment during the BlogHer'13 Anatomy of a Story panel on Saturday when Vikki said, "Everybody needs a gay... and so I always think about, when I write on my blog, that I'm the gay for people that don't have one." People started laughing and tweeting what she said because it was a great sound bite. But more importantly, Vikki spoke to the role we serve as niche bloggers. ...more
@JennaHatfield I definitely find I have to have a balance. Mental illness is a big part of my ... more

What Blogging Voice Need Do You Fill?

There was an awesome moment during the BlogHer'13 Anatomy of a Story panel on Saturday when Vikki said, "Everybody needs a gay... and so I always think about, when I write on my blog, that I'm the gay for people that don't have one." People started laughing and tweeting what she said because it was a great sound bite. But more importantly, Vikki spoke to the role we serve as niche bloggers. ...more
@Elisa Camahort Awesome. :) more

What Blogging Voice Need Do You Fill?

There was an awesome moment during the BlogHer'13 Anatomy of a Story panel on Saturday when Vikki said, "Everybody needs a gay... and so I always think about, when I write on my blog, that I'm the gay for people that don't have one." People started laughing and tweeting what she said because it was a great sound bite. But more importantly, Vikki spoke to the role we serve as niche bloggers. ...more
Its so moving to think that we can be that voice in the dark for someone. Thank you for sharing ... more

On My Hardest Day, I Was Strong Enough

This past week, I was in court for a custody hearing. I gave my testimony, and was cross-examined. My witness testified and was cross-examined. What followed was four straight hours of listening to my ex and the witnesses he called to the stand go over every bad day, every poor decision, every instance they could think of where I did not bring my A-game as a mom. I was forced to listen over and over how I have failed and how my ex has succeeded. It was very easily the hardest day of my life....more
I am so proud of you in so many ways! You are more than enough my friend. more

Is Suicide Selfish?

September 4-10 is National Suicide Prevention Week. September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Its time to change the legacy of suicide. Time to change the stigma of mental illness.Do you think a parent who dies by suicide is selfish?I’m willing to bet more than a few of you said YES....more
@usaschoolmarm I'm so sorry for losing your friend and for the struggle of your 2nd friend's ... more

Is Suicide Selfish?

September 4-10 is National Suicide Prevention Week. September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Its time to change the legacy of suicide. Time to change the stigma of mental illness.Do you think a parent who dies by suicide is selfish?I’m willing to bet more than a few of you said YES....more
@TheJumpRopeQueen I think your feelings are never wrong. you just didn't understand what he was ... more

I Don't Care What Caused My Child's Autism

I went to a little party for other “autism moms” recently. In between the snacking, catching up, and you-won’t-believe-what-the-school-did-now stories, a conversation about the potential causes of autism began....more
I love this post. You're so right. All we can do is move forward and be the best parents we can ... more

Is Suicide Selfish?

September 4-10 is National Suicide Prevention Week. September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Its time to change the legacy of suicide. Time to change the stigma of mental illness.Do you think a parent who dies by suicide is selfish?I’m willing to bet more than a few of you said YES....more
@bigguysmama Thank you. I completely agree that its such a complicated topic that putting every ... more