arts & creativity, cultural issues, mental health & wellness

De-mystifying Antidepressants, Part II: An Artist’s Perspective

"Treating my depression will make me boring." I've heard friends and students say this plenty of times, and might have thought it myself. Why do we equate medicine with mediocrity? Why do we think more health could mean less talent? Maybe because of what I'll call "Sylvia Plath syndrome." We learn in English class that Sylvia Plath (or… Continue reading De-mystifying Antidepressants, Part II: An Artist’s Perspective

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arts & creativity, community, emerging adulthood

Emerging Adulthood According to Paramore: A Reflection on Community

Ain't it fun living in the real world?When I first heard Paramore's recent hit "Ain't It Fun" come on the car radio, I turned up the volume, rolled down the window, and decided within 3 minutes that this was an apt anthem for emerging adulthood (the age range technically from about 18-25 that I write… Continue reading Emerging Adulthood According to Paramore: A Reflection on Community

arts & creativity, church, spiritual

(W)ordinary Time: Learning To Cherish the “Ordinary”

Everyone knows about Easter and Christmas. But what about Ordinary Time? It's by far the longest season in the church calendar, observed by Christian liturgical traditions basically from Epiphany to Ash Wednesday (early January to early March, varying a bit based on the timing of Easter) and from Pentecost to Advent (early June to late… Continue reading (W)ordinary Time: Learning To Cherish the “Ordinary”

arts & creativity, book reflections, mental health & wellness

How to Tell Sad Stories: With Humor

"You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice." - Hazel Grace Lancaster This is my favorite line in all of John Green's The Fault In Our Stars, slipped in subtly on page 209 right before the climax is about to arrive and… Continue reading How to Tell Sad Stories: With Humor

arts & creativity, spiritual

“God Says Yes To Me”

I've asked therapists, pastors, and friends all kinds of questions over the years. Is it okay for me to be a joyful person and have depression, okay to have both doubt and faith, okay to be an introvert and a leader? I won't get into those answers just yet. Because, what I think my permission-seeking questions… Continue reading “God Says Yes To Me”