My 14-year-old daughter recently landed a part as a “silly girl” in the local community theater’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.… Read More


As I mentioned in Monday’s post, I recently completed my time as a practicum student at Murray State University. This represented my first, real, hands-on experience as a counselor since I came back to school to obtain my master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. It was daunting and downright scary at times, and I… Read More


It’s very interesting to me that as long as I’ve written this blog, I can’t ever recall touching on the topic of shame. I say that because shame has been a driving force in my life for as long as I can recall. If I remember correctly, I once heard the difference between guilt and… Read More


Why can a laptop not just come ready to use straight out of the box? For the past two evenings, I have been attempting to get my new ASUS laptop up to speed enough to where I can finally begin using it. I’m happy to report I’m typing this blog on it right now, but,… Read More


I was on a such a roll, too… After weeks of not having the time (or, quite frankly, the motivation) to post anything new on this blog, I finally find myself with some time off school and a renewed interest in sharing my experiences with depression online again. I had a goal of writing something… Read More


Sometimes you run across something on the internet that is just so perfect and right that you want to share it with everyone you know. I already posted this link on my Facebook page, my Twitter account, and my Google+ profile, but I felt like I needed to put it here as well, so as… Read More


Ah, the end of the semester. That time when a graduate student such as myself can relax and breathe a little bit … well, that is, until summer classes begin in two weeks or so. Since I’ve written about it before, I’m not going to go into how difficult it is to write anything here… Read More


I used to have a different blog, titled Half Empty: Confessions of a Pessimist (Who’s Trying To Do Better). Sometimes writing for that blog feels like a lifetime ago. Little did I realize, it actually was quite a while ago. I wrote my first post there in July 2010. I can’t say it was the… Read More


Since this is election season and everyone is trying to grab the attention of whatever demographic they can these days, I thought I would rerun this post about my generation, Generation X. I think of all the posts I’ve ever written, this one has gotten more response from a broader range of people than any… Read More


On a whim, I recently applied for a job reading meters for the local city utility system. The pay was decent, and I thought maybe the chance to get outside and do some work might help me get back at least a little of the energy I’ve been so sorely lacking as of late. Certainly… Read More