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By on Jun 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Get Started Join Option B “My son could have been in a gang, my daughter could have been pregnant. We defied all statistics.” By Stephanie Hughes • April 2017 My husband left in 2006. We’d been married thirteen years. He moved to another state and started a new family. I had $120, two kids, two months of outstanding mortgage payments, and an empty refrigerator. Back...

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ANOTHER DEPRESSION CRISIS REVISITED “Hello darkness, my old friend. I’ve come to talk to you again. . .”The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel On August 20, 2016, I posted the following comment on Facebook: “I need to confess a recurring thought that has troubled me all day and into the night. It is stopping me from sleeping. Confession holds me accountable for...

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What I Know For Sure After 23 Years of Mothering Mothering is very hard work. We birth, love, nurture, and fiercely protect our children. For many mothers few issues create more angst than the question of whether to step off the career ladder to stay at home with children. I have been a working mother both in and outside of the home. My youngest child recently...

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Dear Charlamagne Tha God: I Am a Fat Chick. I Am Not Obsessed With Food. During the Valentine’s Day episode, you said that you wanted to “salute all the fat chicks out there celebrating their true love today which is food. You may be single now but you’ll catch mad discounts on chocolate tomorrow.” Charlamagne, I do not believe that you intended to insult more...

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Fences, Black Men, And Depression As a black woman, attorney, and single mother living with depression, I thought that I had little besides race in common with black men with the same mental illness. Then I saw Fences the movie adapted from the play by August Wilson. In Fences, Troy Maxson is a fifty-three year old black man working as a garbage collector. Troy...

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Lessons From Carrie Fisher Speaking truth to power about my own depression. Carrie Fisher was a mother, daughter, sister, actress, and author. She also candidly discussed and openly chronicled her own bipolar disorder. I appreciated Ms. Fisher’s raw candor and humor about living with a mental illness. Her candor encouraged me to continue talking about my own...

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President Obama, You Are Correct-Two Generation Strategies Alleviate Poverty Almost ten years ago, I started over with two children, two months of outstanding mortgage payments, an empty refrigerator, and $120.00. I did not grow up in poverty and lacked the survival skills needed to navigate such an experience. Though I had the educational and professional...

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IS THIS AMERICA? “I question America. Is this America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, where we have to sleep with out (sic) telephones off the hooks because our lives be threatened daily, because we want to live as decent human beings, in America?” Fannie Lou Hamer, Mississippi Civil Rights Activist at the 1964 Democratic National Convention The...

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Managing My Depression In The Midst of Trauma I have suffered from insidious depression for at least 39 of my nearly 54 years of living. At this point, I have lived with depression long enough to know that I am extremely sensitive to human suffering and trauma. Like many people around the world I have been deeply affected by last week’s senseless and horrific...

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By on Jun 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

What Is Good About Living With Depression A few months ago someone asked me if there was anything good about living with depression. I answered the question but I must admit that I was stumped by it. What could possibly be good about living with depression or any other mental illness? After all my mental illness has repeatedly pounded me into submission, driven me...

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