Beyond Blue
April 2007 Archives

I’m grasping for words today. What do you write the day after the deadliest shooting in U.S. history? I can barely look at the front page Washington Post photo of the wounded being carried from Norris Hall, an academic building […]

Yesterday I mentioned my wise theology professor, Keith Egan. In an article entitled “Banishing Anxiety,” he wrote the following about hope: “Hope is a call to choose life and to choose it to the full, to live vibrantly knowing that […]

The deadliest killing spree in U.S. history happened this morning: at least 32 people killed and more than two dozen others injured during the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech (according to the latest “Washington Post” story). I’m afraid to read […]

My hair is in place, but boy am I having a bad compassion day! This is where I went wrong: I read an op-ed entitled “Self-Help’s Slimy ‘Secret’” by Tim Watkin in the “Washington Post.” Not a smart activity given […]

This beautiful prayer by Mother Teresa articulates for me what pure compassion looks like. If it were shorter, I’d have it memorized. (But my spiritual hard drive has very little memory–thus, the post-its and clutter around my desk.) Dear Jesus,Help […]

Since it is now the Easter Season (according to the church year), I thought I’d mention some words spoken by the Risen Lord that help me with my anxiety and depression: “Do not be afraid.” (Matt. 28:9) “Woman, why are […]

The following passage from J. Raymond DePaulo Jr.’s book, “Understanding Depression,” was helpful to me in knowing what to look for in a doctor, and when to go for a second (and third, and fourth, and fifth, and sixth, and […]

Here’s a great article by Barron H. Lerner, “Doctors Examine Themselves: Books Explain How Errors Happen, How Patients Can Cope,” about two new books–“Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance” by Atul Gawande, and “How Doctors Think” by Jerome Groopman–that ran […]

Thanks to readers Patricia and Lanette for asking for a conclusion to my Good Friday post. I think I’ve been reading too many fairy tales to Katherine before bed, because I’m annoyed with happy endings. That’s why I left mine […]

One of my many book ideas: “The Psychiatric Guide to Annapolis: An Atlas of Shrinks in the Sailing Capital of the World.” Do you like it? My research was quite painful. Having a medical file with almost all of the […]