(WARNING: This post contains a massive spoiler concerning Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you have not seen the movie yet, do not read past this point. If you either have seen it or don’t mind being spoiled, read on…) I have now seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the theater four times. This… Read More


It would be very easy for me to simply recycle the post I wrote at this time last year, when I talked about how I didn’t want the next December to be another “Long December” I could identify with. Truth be told, this December ain’t been so great either, so I could once again wish… Read More


You know what always gets me about Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol? Scrooge never gets another chance with Belle. Maybe I’ve been poisoned by too many Hollywood romances, but I always wished Scrooge could somehow be reunited with the woman who clearly was the love of his life. Maybe a chance encounter… Read More


Let’s just be honest here: Getting dumped sucks. Whether it comes in the form of a relationship ending or a termination from a job or basically any other scenario you can think of where one person (or group of people) tells another person to just go away, being dumped carries just about more emotional hurt… Read More


Do you ever wonder what trees think in the fall? Do they wonder why their leaves gradually die? Are they confused by the process of what is happening to them? Are they surprised to find themselves stripped bare one day? Do they feel cold? Do they feel lonely? Do they feel exposed? Are they jealous… Read More


Sometimes you just need to be sad. I just finished watching the Disney/Pixar movie Inside Out. Several people in the counseling program I am part of told me it was a good “counseling movie,” and I suppose it was on some levels. The role and function of memories in a person’s life is explored in… Read More


I’ve been thinking a lot about trauma lately. What is it? How does it work? Can someone recover from it? Most of all, though, I’ve been wondering how bad something has to be to constitute trauma. In my mind, the circumstance has to be pretty bad to be labeled “traumatic.” I mean, I’ve been pretty… Read More


Here’s an irony. The guy with the depression blog has been too depressed to write anything. That might sound like an attempt at getting a laugh, but the reality has been far more serious. I just have not been able to sit down and write anything as of late because my depression has been so… Read More


I’ve been keeping a relatively low profile on social media lately. I have a few different reasons for this. One is that I have been weathering one of the worst seasons of depression I have ever faced, and I haven’t had the words for how to express that. Even when I did think of something… Read More


If you would ever like to gain a better appreciation for what life what must be like for anyone confined to a wheelchair for any amount of time, I would recommend wheeling someone around the Kentucky State Fair for an afternoon in late August. That is exactly what I did today with my 11-year-old daughter,… Read More