Mental Illness Awareness Week 2017

Oct. 1 thru Oct. 7, 2017 has been Mental Illness Awareness Week. You probably have not heard much about it because, well, people with mental illness are not high on the list of people we usually try to be aware of. And I understand that. Mental illness is strange and...

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...

Chris Cornell, RIP

According to reports, Chris Cornell, singer and guitarist of the pioneering grunge band Soundgarden and rock band Audioslave, died by suicide on Wednesday night in Detroit. This is a great tragedy, obviously. In fact, that does not even begin to get at describing the...