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Reader Jeff: This Too Shall Pass

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I very much appreciate what Beyond Blue reader Jeff said in response to Larry Parker’s post about his panic attack: I’ll thank Larry again (and Therese) for putting himself out here. My panic attacks are similar. Hyperventilating and feeling an […]

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Group Beyond Blue: Self-Esteem Forum

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Dear Friends, Group Beyond Blue will be holding a “self-esteem forum” the first Wednesday of every month, where we will be assigned one person for whom to write a self-esteem affirmation. My hope is that we will have some letters […]

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Bad Habits

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Group Beyond Blue: Panic and Anxiety

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Because panic and anxiety are so much a part of recovery from depression or any mental illness, I added “panic and anxiety” as a topic to the discussion boards of Group Beyond Blue on Beliefnet’s Community site. To visit, click […]

What a Panic Attack Looks Like

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Beyond Blue reader Larry Parker has written a brave, raw account of a recent panic attack. He has used his gift of language to describe for others exactly how it feels to be trapped by a brain’s disease. To get […]

Wishes for 2008

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Thanks to Beyond Blue reader Susie for this prayer for 2008! May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal your debts. May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet of $100 bills. May love stick […]

FYI: For Next Year

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Group Beyond Blue: Encouragement Quotes

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Beyond Blue reader Cheryl has started a discussion called “Encouragement Quotes” in Group Beyond Blue in the Beliefnet Community site. To get to Group Beyond Blue, click here. Then click on “Discussions” to the left. Among her quotes are these: […]

Margaret’s 27 Ways to Keep Your Lover

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My, my, my, what have we started! Here’s Margaret’s list: 1. TREAT HER LIKE AN EQUAL, CECIL! 2. Be nice to her mother, brother! 3. Bring her breakfast in bed, Fred. 4. Respect her job, Rob 5. don’t leer at […]

Automatic Confession

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Gingerbread Houses and Compatibility

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From last year this time: You sure do learn a lot about a person’s personality and temperament when you assemble a gingerbread house. And even more when you make 14 of them. I’m thinking about patenting this activity as a […]

Don’t Take What’s Not Yours

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Holiday Survival Thought #28

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There’s a lesson in “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer”: He turned a sore, red nose into a real asset. I wonder if Santa has any use for a saggy chest (courtesy of breastfeeding) and a flabby butt?

My Favorite Holiday Letter, 2007

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And the winner of this year’s holiday letter content goes to . . . my friend Jen. You’ll enjoy it. Well, I can’t find last years’ letter so I’m not sure if I’m still annoyed by the same crap as […]

Holiday Survival Thought #27

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Remember H.A.L.T.: Don’t get too horny, annoying, loopy, or tacky. And for every criticism you hear, put out a Q-TIP (Quit Taking It Personally).

I Pray That Our Loved Ones Will Understand

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Like Beyond Blue reader Larry Parker, I appreciate reader Terri’s prayer on the message board of my “Video: O Holy Night” post. It’s simply beautiful: I have so many things to be thankful for that I can hardly even count […]

One Day After Christmas

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Thanks to Beyond Blue reader Nancy for sharing “One Day After Christmas” on the message board of my “Holiday Survival Thoughts #26″ post: One Day After Christmas… It’s one day after Christmas I’m crabby and I’m broke. I’m so full […]

Biggest Thrills of 2007

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I didn’t go into teaching because I suck at disciplining. (Which is why parenting is a tad difficult for me as well). But as a blogger, I get the perks of the teaching profession. I get to see other writers […]

Larry’s 12 Days of Christmas

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To see Larry Parker start his own blog has been a highlight of 2007, as well. Actually, after reading his “12 Days of Christmas,” I’m a bit scared of the competition: Twelve months of celibacy Eleven lithium tablets Ten DBSA […]

The Indian “12 Days of Christmas”

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Please don’t get mad at me for this video. I did not create it. I just think it’s funny because they are obviously laughing at themselves in the same way I tried to in my version of “The 12 Days […]

Group Beyond Blue: Wisdum’s “Christmas Time”

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Our Beyond Blue group on Beliefnet’s Community site is really taking off. We’re up to 67 members, with several active discussions in progress. I’m so excited that it is proving to be exactly what I had hoped: an extension of […]

Santa’s Flat

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Zana’s Christmas Stocking

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I was moved by Beyond Blue reader Zana’s comment on the message board of my “Video: O Holy Night” post: This has been a tough December to get through. Marks the 1st anniversary of the day my husband left us […]

Dear God: Joseph Is the Man!

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Dear God, I’ve always felt bad for Joseph, that his amazing faith in You and dedication to the Holy Family have been somewhat overlooked in the whole nativity story. I’m trying to picture myself in his shoes as I reflect […]

Holiday Wind

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Joan Wester Anderson: How Do You Move Beyond Blue?

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In my previous post, “Beliefnet’s Interview with Joan Wester Anderson,” I mentioned that I would be interviewing Joan Wester Anderson the Friday before Christmas to get my Beyond Blue readers in the mood for the nativity story. Joan is one […]

Joan Wester Anderson: Snow Angel

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From her bestselling book, “Where Angels Walk.” It was just past midnight on December 24, 1983. The Midwest was shivering through a record-breaking cold spell, complete with gale-force winds and frozen water pipes. And although our suburban Chicago household was […]

Bribes, Bribes, Bribes

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Holiday Survival Thought #21

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Everything in moderation. ESPECIALLY moderation.

Bambi’s Christmas Wish

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I was saddened by this message from Beyond Blue reader Bambi on the message board of “Blanche’s 12 Bipolar, Alcoholic Days of Christmas”: I am extreamly sad. I have a family I live with. I’m 51, my mother is 69, […]

Depression, Suffering, and Playing Your Cards Right

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After Beyond Blue reader Larry Parker read Zana’s comment, he provided the link to lyrics of Kenny Rogers’s, “The Gambler.” I’ve sung this song so many times (yeah, yeah, yeah, you’re thinking … “NO, GOD, DON’T SING IT FOR US” […]

Playing Your Cards and the Serenity Prayer

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Kenny Rogers’s refrain–You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em/ Know when to walk away and know when to run–sounds an awful lot like the Serenity Prayer: God, Grant me the courage to accept the […]

Time Lost Is Not Wasted

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One more contribution to Bambi’s post, although he wrote it as a comment to my “Dear God: On Regaining Innocence” was Frank’s thought on all that time that went by before you learned how to play your cards — I […]

Job Stress

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Holiday Survival Thought #20

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Don’t clean up the mess prematurely (literally and figuratively). That makes for more work.

Video: The Miracle of the Poinsettia

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Watch What You Eat

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Saving Grace: How We Heal

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This is my last blog post in my series about the series “Saving Grace.” I wish I had a transcript of last night’s show because almost all of the lines were profound. I was deeply moved, like I am after […]

The Winter Solstice: Welcome Back, Light!

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Since Saturday is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, I thought I’d include this very informative article just forwarded to me by Deb Caldwell, one of the Beliefnet brains behind Beyond Blue. (If I haven’t mentioned her […]

Amy Grant on Battling Holiday Depression

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Dena Ross wrote a great blog post about Christian music star’s Amy Grant’s depression. To get there, click here. Writes Dena: In her book, “Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far,” Christian music star Amy Grant talks about her battle […]

Saving Grace: Two Kinds of Loneliness

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You don’t have to be Catholic to appreciate last night’s episode of “Saving Grace,” but it was especially entertaining if you are and have ever been Godparent to a young niece or nephew or a friend’s child. Grace (Holly Hunter) […]

Beyond Blue Turns One!!

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Today is the first anniversary of Beyond Blue!! I talk about this more in tomorrow’s video, but I’m so appreciative of all my readers who have formed this amazing support network for depressives and others with mental disorders. Below was […]

More Holiday Thoughts

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Technological Problems

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Hi Beyond Blue readers, Rest assured that you haven’t lost your minds (well, not more so than usual, that is). Beliefnet installed an update to its blogging software and as a result some comments disappeared in the process. Please continue […]

Dear God: On Patience and Unknowing

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Dear God, Advent sure is full of “waiting” and “patience” themes. Just when I think we have moved on from waiting with John the Baptist for the arrival of Jesus, we get to “patience,” one of my strongest qualities. NOT. […]

Wear a Seat Belt

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Dooce on Depression

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You all may know the ever-popular blogger, Dooce. I really loved her post on depression last Thursday, and based on the over 1,000 comments I’m thinking other people could relate, too! Here’s the first paragraph: I was recently at lunch […]

Don’t Eat Icicles

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Tracy Thompson: How Do You Move Beyond Blue?

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Last month my neighbor dropped off a library book, which always gives me anxiety, because most library books and Blockbuster videos get lost in my abode, or torn to pieces by the little animals inside. But this one, “The Ghost […]

Giving Up the Addiction

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Although I couldn’t leave Tracy’s blog after I found it, the following post is my favorite, because I could so relate to the self-righteous (I’m RIGHT!) war that rages in her brain, especially when it comes to work performance. And […]

The Moms’ Disease

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You can find Tracy’s blog post called “The Moms’ Disease” by clicking here. I have excerpted from it below: It’s called Postpartum Depression, or PPD for those of us (too much) in the know. I’ve done a fair amount of […]

Join the “Beyond Blue” Group at Beliefnet’s Community

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Many Beyond Blue readers are already members of Beliefnet’s new community, so I thought I’d set up a group for us … so that we know how to find each other in the somewhat-confusing (at first, at least) grid of […]

Holiday Survival Thought #14

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Try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup (from “Elf”). Children, especially, thrive on this diet.

10 Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues

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Elizabeth Lesser also writes a great article on how to beat the holidays blues. I swear I didn’t read this before I compiled my list–but great minds think alike, eh? Click to go to her original Beliefnet article. 1. Be […]

Holiday Survival Thought #13

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Pick your battles. Or, better yet, become a pacifist codependent who ignores them. No one will mind.

Our Lady of Guadalupe: One Miracle Story

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From “The Healing Touch of Mary: Real Life Stories From Those Touched by Mary” by Cheri Lomonte: It was the spring of 2002 and I was doing research for my final project before graduation when I found it. I have […]

It’s Not Worth It

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FYI: Stop Smoking Cigars

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Saving Grace: What Would It Take?

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Once again the producers of “Saving Grace,” have been eavesdropping on our conversation over here at Beyond Blue. They’ve taken Larry Parker and made him into Grace (Holly Hunter), and reader Babs is the angel Earl (Leon Rippy). Just kidding, […]

You Better Not Pout

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“Saving Grace” Giveaway!

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For the last couple weeks, I’ve been blogging about “Saving Grace,” and how Grace battles her demons with the angel Earl at her side encouraging her to choose the path of love and healing, not isolation and fear. Beliefnet has […]

Dear God: On Regaining Innocence

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Dear God, The prophet Isaiah paints a beautiful picture in today’s reading (Isaiah 11:1-10): On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the Lord shall […]

Blanche’s 12 (Bipolar Alcoholic) Days of Christmas

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The other day I e-mailed Beyond Blue reader Blanche to thank her for defending me on the message board of my video on “The 12 (Bipolar) Days of Christmas.” A reader was terribly offended by my lyrics and suggested I […]

Therapy Doc: How Do You Move Beyond Blue?

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For this week’s interview, I get to interrogate a woman who asks other people questions all day. Score! I love interviewing therapists. Because most of them are so complex and intriguing that they went into the field of psychology to […]

Coping/Managing Stress and Anxiety

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You can find Therapydoc’s original post, “Coping/Managing Stress and Anxiety,” by clicking here. I have excerpted parts of it below. Someone once wrote in asking for my personal secrets, my coping strategies, not just a lot of psycho-babble. How do […]

Holiday Blues: Talk to Therapy Doc

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I really enjoyed Therapydoc’s post entitled “Bananas and Video Games.” To get to her original post, click here. Following are excerpts. The Thanksgiving holiday marks the season of joy for some, but for others it can be very depressing. As […]

Holiday Survival Thought #7

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The real meaning of Christmas doesn’t have anything to do with newly purchased gifts wrapped with just the right bow. If you are as cheap and tacky as I am, it’s about matching which of last year’s gifts with the […]

Number 51: How to Keep Your Lover

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You really should read through some of the comments on “Dear God: 40 Ways to Keep Your Lover.” They’re quite funny. And some have compiled their own lists, which are hysterical, like this one from reader Jill: Holy Moly! No […]

Marriage Isn’t a Love Affair

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Last week I received the most meaningful e-mail from a Beyond Blue reader, Mike, who recently lost his wife and was celebrating Thanksgiving without her for the first time. “I lost my girlfriend, wife, and mother of my children,” he […]

Holiday Survival Thought #6

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Unfortunately, Christians don’t believe in reincarnation. Jesus is our only hope for getting it right. He’s a big deal. That’s why Catholic schools are closed for three weeks in December–in celebration of Christmas and to give miserable parents a reason […]

Beliefnet’s Interview with Joan Wester Anderson

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I apologize if I’m getting a little too carried away with angels as of late. But it is Advent, and yes, this miracle stuff helps me to believe that God is in control. I’m like a kid when it comes […]

Saving Grace: Taking Inventory of Our Lives

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I’m not sure if the producers of TNT’s series “Saving Grace,” timed the episodes to match the appropriate scripture readings of the Christian liturgical year, but they sure did nail the message of the first week of Advent: “Yo, Grace! […]

My Saving Grace Moment

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Also fitting for Advent, is the “Saving Grace” moment in my life: that specific point in my past in which I took inventory and made a few changes. I describe it in a blog post I wrote last year this […]

Dear God: The Art of Waiting

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Dear God, I get the point of today’s readings: Stay awake! Wait! In his letter to the Romans (Romans 13:11-12), St. Paul says: Brothers and sisters: You know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from […]

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