When I sat down at the keyboard to type tonight, I went totally blank. I had no ideas whatsoever. So I did what I usually do when this happens: I typed the word “depression” into the Google News search and sifted through the results. Two stories sort of piqued my interest, even though they were… Read More


This is for you. I owe you a giant apology. I have lied to you. I have hidden things from you. I have stolen from you. I have taken things that did not belong to me. I have denied the truth when it suited me. I have hidden because I did not want to face… Read More


“Give not thyself up, then, to fire, lest it invert thee, deaden thee, as for the time it did me. There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick I have attempted to read Herman Melville’s Moby Dick three times in my life. None of those times… Read More


In college basketball-crazed Kentucky, being a fan of the NBA makes me something of an anomaly. Most of the time when I mention I like professional basketball, the responses will almost always be the same… “They don’t play any defense.” “It’s a thug league.” “Too much one-on-one basketball.” “I don’t have time to follow it.”… Read More


I like books. I don’t mean I just like reading books. I mean I like books. It just feels wrong to me to read a book off of a computer screen. I like to turn the pages. I like to feel it in my hands. I like to find some odd piece of scrap paper or… Read More


It has been brought to my attention lately that I have difficulty taking compliments. I’m not really sure when this began, but at some point in life I developed a talent for dismissing nice things that were said about me. It went beyond simply having a sense of low self-esteem; it descended into a full-blown… Read More


Yesterday, I wrote about how depression can cause people to become very selfish and unsupportive. I only sort of hinted at what can cause this type of behavior, though, probably because I didn’t want to admit I had it hiding in myself, too. It’s envy. Here is a comment a friend of mine left on Facebook… Read More


Depression is a selfish disease. It makes those who suffer from it focus nearly entirely on themselves and their pain. That’s why counselors will often suggest doing things for others as an activity to bring people out of depression. It takes a person’s focus and turns in inward, where there is nothing but the heaviness… Read More