Tag Archives: mental-health

Blossoming Blossoms

It’s springtime in Central Texas. My favorite time of year. Bluebonnets and 70-degree days. Last year, I was working too much, and missed most of it. This year, I’m taking advantage of a slow patch, and enjoying every bit of … Continue reading

Posted in Antidepressants, Attorney, BigLaw, BigLawBoss, Brintellix, Deplin, Depression, Diet, Exercise & Fitness, Flowers, Health, Mid-Life, Nature, Prediabetes, walking | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 25 Comments

The In-Between

in-between : a state or position that is in the middle between two other things : a middle position Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2015. Transitions are excruciating. Sitting. Waiting. Seemingly stuck in the current place and longing for … Continue reading

Posted in Alzheimer's, Dementia, Depression, Elder Care, Elderly Parents, Long Distance Caregiving, Mid-Life | Tagged , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

From black holes to pits

I haven’t written about depression in a while. I’ve been acting as if I’d kicked it. Two years ago, deciding I was good to go, I ditched the meds. Drug free head, and all that. But depression isn’t a mind-over-matter … Continue reading

Posted in Antidepressants, Brintellix, Death of a sibling, Depression, Grief, Health | Tagged , , , , , , , | 55 Comments

Permission to Stop Drinking

A couple of years back, I wrote a post entitled, “Am I an alcoholic?” I don’t think I am, so I kept drinking. Since then, I’ve googled the hell out of things like: Reasons to quit drinking even if you’re … Continue reading

Posted in 100 Day Sober Challenge, Addiction, Alcoholism, Health, Mid-Life, Sobriety | Tagged , , , , , | 41 Comments

Celebration

Last night, I had trouble figuring out how to celebrate an achievement, if not with alcohol. Today, I bring you the kind of celebration I crave. Nature, celebrating itself.

Posted in 100 Day Sober Challenge, Alcoholism, Great Bear Rainforest, Great Bear Rainforest, Nature, Sobriety, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Uncomfortably Un-numb

Here I am: Day 22 of the 100-Day-No-Booze Challenge. That’s three weeks without an after-work cocktail. The good news is, I’m no longer numb. The bad news is, I’m no longer numb. Funny thing about drinking (or whatever your numbing … Continue reading

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Thinking (and thinking) About Drinking

Yes, I am totally getting the hang of Lightroom. I figure if I bring you one image a day, I’ve got enough to last many lifetimes. So eventually, I’ll have to step it up and share several images at once. … Continue reading

Posted in Alcoholism, Birds, Ditching Cable TV, Finance, Frugality, Nature, Photography, Sobriety | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 24 Comments

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

I’ve been worried about myself. My weight continues to creep up. I’ve been drinking two to four glasses of wine (or gin and tonics) nearly every evening. Sometimes more on the weekends. Walking, yoga, and meditation have been sporadic. I’ve … Continue reading

Posted in Abusive Relationships, Addiction, Alcoholism, Alzheimer's, Birds, Body Love, Death and Grief, Dementia, Depression, Domestic Violence, Elderly Parents, Family Business, Getting Unstuck, Healing, Health, Intervention, Lawyer, Living Life, Meditation/Mindfulness, Mid-Life, Nature, Photography, Sobriety, walking | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

Looking at Rocks

I’ve been home from the family cabin on Lake Superior for five days. My mind had been like the lake when it’s filled with silt–cloudy, murky, particles swirling around, obscuring from view the rocks on the bottom. I’ve settled. The silt is gone. The … Continue reading

Posted in Abusive Relationships, Alcoholism, Alzheimer's, Codependency, Death of a sibling, Domestic Violence, Elderly Parents, Lake Superior, Mid-Life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

Gitche Gumee

I just returned from a short trip to my father’s cabin on Lake Superior in Northern Ontario. The last time I was up in August 2011, my father and brothers were still alive. My parents went up every summer in … Continue reading

Posted in Alzheimer's, Canada, Death and Grief, Dementia, Elderly Parents, Grief, Healing, Lake Superior, Nature, Ontario, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments