Color is Life

I've written about my struggles with depression; the past few weeks have been challenging, with the loss of a dear friend, a pet's death, plus health and money woes. My faith has been tried. Years ago, when a fellow depression-sufferer asked me, in the throes of her illness, "What keeps you alive when things get bad?" …

My Father the Racist

My father was smart, brave, determined. He was loyal and patriotic, hard-working, and he adored my mother. He devoted all his efforts to creating a great life for his family. All these things are true about my dad. And so is this: My father was an unremitting racist. To be fair, so was just about …

Suicide and Altitude

BLOG FOR MENTAL HEALTH 2014 I came across this article about neuroscientist Perry Renshaw's research into what he calls the "Utah Paradox." Despite ranking as America's happiest state, Utah has disproportionately high rates of suicide and associated mood disorders compared to the rest of the country. In fact, it's the No. 1 state for antidepressant use. I …

“Depressed but Not Ashamed”

Two young journalists discovered that they both live with depressive illness while working together. It was the first time either of them had discussed their illness with a peer. Finding strength and hope from their supportive connection, Madeline Halpert and Eva Rosenfeld began to investigate depression among their constituency: high school students. Their research uncovered strong links between untreated depression and suicide …

My Blogging Life

This post also appears, with minor edits, at The Women's Pages, a multi-author blog for women writers published by the Accokeek Women Writers Group.  I've been writing Art Spirit Nature or about three years and I've learned a great deal by experimenting with different kinds of writing.  I've learned how to grow my followers and  express …