How to Be a Good Friend

I got this blog topic request from a heartbreakingly sweet friend and old housemate: discuss what means to be a good friend. I am so grateful for this question, which is why it took a while to clarify my thoughts here because I don’t […]

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Love, not Law: A Response to Mental Illness

Two weeks ago now (sorry about that), I mentioned that a friend who read my op-ed in Real Change’s May 27th issue had asked some good follow-up questions, specifically what my suggestions for better legislation/solutions were and if there are other states or countries that are […]

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Balancing Your Checkbook…With the Rest of Your Life

I’ve not received such a specific blog topic request before: I’ve been invited to discuss this important, research-based infographic put out by the Northwestern online counseling center: Mental Health of Affluent Teens: The Challenge of Prosperity. I don’t have a lot of […]

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Healing for the Mental Health System

It’s been several months since one of these blog topic requests came in. I got it on Good Friday (4/3) and am excited and trepidatious to attempt an answer: “Do you think there are ways the mental health system can be actually […]

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Grief – What Not To Say

Original request (received 9/16/14): I know you’ve written on grieving before, but what do you think about “Christian platitudes” concerning grieving a loved one’s passing, specifically “They wouldn’t want you to cry” or “They’re in a better place now.” This has happened to […]

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Israel vs. Palestine

I received this request on 8/24/14 but needed to spend some time thinking and reading more about it.  The original question: “What perspective can you add to what’s going on in Israel/Palestine? It seems horrible to me from either perspective, and I’m […]

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“Modest is Hottest” and the Perpetuation of Sexual Brokenness

Original request (received 8/17/14 – sorry to be a bit of a slacker!): “What are your thoughts on “Modest is hottest”?”  My initial reaction, honestly, is that, if it weren’t for the sexism and judgment, the slant rhyme would be kind of […]

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Offering Aid: Helping Vs. Hurting

My first request (received August 15th)!  My plan is to post responses on weekends to any topic requests that come in and stick to my regular Tuesday-Thursday posting so we’ll see how that goes. This is a convoluted but necessary topic to […]

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