When Pets are More Loving Than People

I’m a cat person, and for me, my devotion to cats is directly linked to the abuse I endured as a child. When I was growing up, my cats were the only consistent source of companionship. Growing up in an abusive environment that where I left left essentially to raise myself, my cats were alwaysContinue reading “When Pets are More Loving Than People”

Labels

“I’m not sick, you’re sick!” This is what a family member barked at me, eyes glowing with contempt, when I confronted him about his behavior. After a psychotic episode in his twenties, he had been diagnosed Bipolar with Delusions of Grandeur, but rejected the diagnosis. His outward behavior ranged from catatonic to aggressive, and alwaysContinue reading “Labels”

It’s a (not so) Wonderful Life

I love inspiring movies, I really do. Give me a (deserved) happy ending any day. I believe in the power of storytelling to transform hearts and minds, and point people toward what’s good, beautiful, and true. But a satisfying ending in a story is what Aristotle would call “better than the real.” Stories can offerContinue reading “It’s a (not so) Wonderful Life”

Breaking the Cycle

“Just wait ’til you have kids. You’ll see!” Wink wink, nod nod. Ah yes, the adage that you’ll truly know the struggles your parents went through with you when you have children of your own. We’ve all heard it, haven’t we? In a way, the realization that we were once snotty and irrational, and nowContinue reading “Breaking the Cycle”

Missing Attachment

I am the mother of three young children, and it inevitably comes up in small talk on playgrounds and Sunday school, or wherever moms congregate. “Do your folks live nearby to help out with the kids?” I usually deflect with a comment about my in-laws, who live out of state. I throw in a reassuringContinue reading “Missing Attachment”