The Liebster Award


Dadding Depressed was nominated for a Liebster Award!

“Awesome! What’s that?”

Read this! Or don’t.

Here are the rules:

  • Create a new post thanking the person who nominated you, provide the link to their blog.
  • Include award graphic.
  • Answer the questions provided.
  • Create a new set of 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Nominate 5-11 upcoming or recently followed bloggers and share your post with them so they see it.

Huge thanks to Teddy The Dog Talks for the honor, nomination, and encouragement.

1. What is the purpose of your blog?

In 2015, 7 out of 10 suicides were men.

I could be dead right now, but I got help.

Dadding Depressed is a blog geared firstly toward men with mental illness (and their supporters) from a struggling dad’s perspective.

As a guy who has personally dealt with severe anxiety and depression, and experienced life-altering episodes, I discovered few online resources written by men or even for men. I’d relate to an article, feel comforted by it, and then find myself even more insecure when the post brought up menstrual cycles, as if mental health is a woman’s priority.

So, I wanted to provide “a match for men in the dark” for me and for those 7 men who didn’t get help. I’m convinced there is a large population of silently-struggling men, and ticking time-bombs who may not even be aware of their poor mental health until something blows up. 


2. What are some of your favorite books?

Watership Down by Richard Adams is a favorite. A part of the reason I love it is because when people asked me what I was reading, I’d say, “it’s a book about bunnies.” Most everyone was skeptical, but those who have read it, know it’s worth. It’s great.

Other favorites: East of Eden (John Steinbeck), Pilgrim’s Progress (John Bunyan), The Hobbit (J.R. Tolkien), Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton), The Professor And The Madman (Simon Winchester)…and the list goes on.

I actually have a hardcover book collection of my favorite novels. I have all of the above except for The Professor And The Madman (my birthday is January 16…hint, hint).


3. What are some items from your bucket list, if you have one?

I don’t have one…I’m just in survival mode.


4. Who are your role models?

Jeff Probst…you know, the host of Survivor. What a beast.

Other than my boy Jeff, my most influential role models are those in my everyday life: my wife, my parents, my in-laws, my siblings, my best friends.

Though my social circle is small, it is not weak.


5. Tell us about your pets, if you have any, and if not, tell us about one of your best friends.

Wendell Berry Mains is a three-year-old cockapoo (careful googling it), named after the great Michael Jackson Wendell Berry (he’s a poet). When we picked the beast up from Nowhere, Ohio, and began our drive home, he pooped on my wife’s lap within minutes. He’s been pooping on me ever since.


6. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Be invisible. “Now you see me, now–oh, wait–no, you don’t…ever. You never see me.”


7. If you could change the world in one way, what would it be?

Be a stellar dad.


8. Describe your ideal vacation spot.

Someplace with rain pattering at the window as it deepens the bark of the aged oaks, and conjures the most profound shade of green from the wet hills–hills that roll for eternity like clouds beneath a soaring plane.

I might have just described the Shire. Or Ireland?

Wherever it is, I’d employ my superpower.


9. What are some of your favorite inspirational quotes?

I could go all day with favorite quotes, but if I were to tattoo one on my heart, it would be this one–my favorite combination of words enriched by its history. It was written ages ago by a Rabbi, but made famous when it was discovered etched into the stone wall of an insane asylum. It was eventually worked into the hymn, “The Love Of God.”

Could we with ink the ocean fill,

And were the skies of parchment made,

Were every stalk on earth a quill,

And every man a scribe by trade,

To write the love of God above

Would drain the ocean dry,

Nor could the scroll contain the whole

Though stretched from sky to sky. 


10. If you could go back to school, what would be some things you wish you had learned but didn’t?

That things are never black and white; life is not pass or fail.

My nominees:

The Honest Father

Free Verse Revolution

Definitively Nuanced

Dad of Divas

Beyond The Rhetoric 

Questions for said nominees:

  1. Why write?
  2. What are your top three favorite cities?
  3. How do you take your coffee?
  4. What are some of your favorite books and/or movies?
  5. Have you taken any personality tests? Do you belief in personality tests? Describe your personality.
  6. What’s something about your personal life that your readers might find surprising?
  7. Describe your earliest memory in which you were writing.
  8. If you could decide what rained from the sky (that was not rain) what would you have rain?
  9. Describe the best setting in which to work.
  10. What are some of your favorite quotes?

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