mental health & wellness, personal, spiritual, work & vocation

Hi, My Name Is Joe

As a kid, I learned this song about a stressed-out guy named Joe. It went something like this: Hi, my name is Joe I got a wife and three kids and I work in a button factory One day my boss came to me and said, "Joe, are you busy?" I said, "no." He said,… Continue reading Hi, My Name Is Joe

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community, mental health & wellness, work & vocation

We Need To Talk

"We need to talk." What do you think of when you hear those words? I've been realizing over the last several months that, when I hear something like that, I immediately assume the worst. I worry, sometimes for days, that either a) I'm in trouble or b) someone close to me is in trouble. But… Continue reading We Need To Talk

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

community, mental health & wellness

Anniversary Reactions

I'm currently walking through a couple days that constitute a mild "anniversary reaction" for me. Basically, something somewhat traumatic happened one year ago, inciting temporary shock and sadness. Though that shock and sadness wore off over time, it's trying to come back one year later. The National Center for PTSD, among other websites, describe the… Continue reading Anniversary Reactions