My, How You’ve Grown

I’ve been reading this fantastic book, “The Family That Couldn’t Sleep”, about the history of prion research and fatal familial insomnia.  It’s incredible; I’ve been taking every excuse to babble about it all week.  The author’s approach is so compassionate and yet comprehensive – there are a lot of not-so-great people who nevertheless do important …

Death and Other Distractions: Complex

Disconnected musings on suicidal depression and stumbling toward mental health. The stories in this series involve me being unusually frank and graphic about some fucked-up stuff, and therefore have the following blanket content warnings: Child abuse Self-harm and suicide Violence Drug abuse Mental illness Sexual assault and rape A shit-ton of swears

(the empty set)

You wanna talk about how you feel? No. Okay.  What do you wanna talk about?   She’s got an empty set tattooed on her hand between thumb and forefinger on the left side, because she’s righthanded So when she poured the ink from a Bic into a bottlecap and dipped in a sewing needle tip …

Death and Other Distractions 2: The Bad Touch

The stories in this series involve me being unusually frank and graphic about some fucked-up stuff, and therefore have the following blanket content warnings: Child abuse Self-harm and suicide Violence Drug abuse Mental illness Sexual assault and rape A shit-ton of swears

Death and Other Distractions

I visualize the depths of depression as a well. Maybe your personal hell looks different. For me the important characteristics are: 1) It’s dark 2) It’s physically uncomfortable in myriad small ways 3) I can’t see anything but the Well when I’m in it That last part is critical. It’s what makes possible situations like …