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May 2007 Archives

I will be discussing my interpretation of the Pentecost on Sirius radio, on the Catholic Channel, Tuesday morning at 6:40 a.m. If you’re up, tune in! Thanks to reader Wayde who said he tuned in last time!

What is the worst possible question you could ask a woman with a history of an eating disorder (or any female, but especially a female with body-image issues)? I’ll give you a hint—it’s three words long and ends with an […]

When Ed is around, my brain abandons all logic and thinks like this: If the Chinese government won’t allow anyone with a BMI of over 40 to adopt their babies, then I should be less than half of that. Preferable […]

Read Susan Karas’s wonderful piece, “The Un-Diet,” on how she overcame her self-consciousness about her weight by clicking here.

Albert Camus once said, “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” And Carl Jung said, “There is no coming to consciousness without pain.” During the year of my depression, I would have replied, “Please shoot me then, because I never […]

I found this beautiful excerpt on butterflies from “Zorba the Greek” by Nikos Kazantzakis: I remember one morning when I discovered a cocoon in the back of a tree just as a butterfly was making a hole in its case […]

Depression is a lot like childbirth. Once you’ve climbed out of the Black Hole (i.e. are holding your newborn in your arms) you forget (at least temporarily) about all the cursing you did during the labor that got you there. […]

I laughed out loud when I read reader Tammy’s remark on my “Gretchen Rubin: How Do You Move Beyond Blue?” post: “I know that God will not give me more than I can handle. I just wish he didn’t trust […]

I think God wants us to get mad at him. It means we’re in a living, normal relationship with him. Catholic author Ronald Rolheiser goes so far to say that wrestling with God is a form of prayer. In his […]

Jim McDermott, associate editor at “America” magazine, recently invited me and others (lawyers, artists, peace activists, academics, religious leaders) to contribute a piece of advice for college graduates that he published in a special education issue. This is what I […]