So Your Friend Told You They’re Depressed–Now What?

When a friend or loved one confides in you about their mental health, it can be difficult to respond appropriately. It's not uncommon to freeze--maybe hem and haw or awkwardly pat a shoulder before changing the subject to the Lions. If you take a moment and think about it, though, what an amazing opportunity you now have to deepen a relationship and affirm your love for a struggling soul! 

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“Will This Movie Make My Wife Cry?”

I have a vivid memory of sitting at her parents' house and watching a Johnny Depp shoot-em-up movie. We were dating at the time. While the screen flickered on our faces like thematic machine guns, she turned to me, perked with enthusiasm, and with red sauce on the corner of her lip, she said those beautiful words that would've made any man fall in love with her. "I love pizza and beer."

Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, And How To Live In The Age Of Suicide

This week, designer Kate Spade hung herself. Three days after, celebrity-chef Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room. Suicide. Avicii, Verne Troyer, and Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison were some of 2018's other victims of mental illness. As those who live the lives we've always wanted continue to take their lives away, the rest…

Who Wears The Pants In The Relationship?

Some teenie-bopper kid once asked me who wore the pants in my marriage. I said, "That's an easy way to offend both of us at the same time." It felt like a pretty good response but I think it could have been better. At least I was honest. Such a question does, in fact, offend me, my…

Why You Shouldn’t Give A Double Tap

August 9, 2016 was my last post before I liberated myself from the weight of the gram. It had been heavy on my shoulders for months. Maybe even years. At the time, I posted funny pics, cute pics, friend pics, hipster pics, artsy pics, cool pics and more, but not really for myself. Mostly what I…

How To Have Effective Conversations

This is an article featured on HavingTime.com. Here is an excerpt: People talk too much. Maybe it’s just the claim of a typical introvert, but, then again, maybe not. For example, I’ve always had a babyface, and those with a babyface don’t realize they have a babyface until some old lady says, “You have a…