Happy Birthday Pops!

My dad’s birthday is today. Like any relationship, we have had ups and downs. We have a lot more ups, though. And that’s just the truth. My dad is more than just my dad – he’s my friend and, at times, a confidante. He’s also an incredible...

Experiencing Stigma (In the Worst Places)

This week had two unique and, yet, connected experiences. And, in both experiences, I experienced stigma and from what should be unlikely places. My first place feeling stigmatized for my mental illness was actually at an event hosted by NAMI and an institution in...

Hear Festival 2017

Hear Festival 2017 happened on Aug. 5, 2017. I’m still trying to process it, but wanted to take a second to write down some of the thoughts percolating in my mind. First, if you do not know, Hear Festival is a major event for Here/Hear. It is mostly a music...