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Alternative Medicine Day!

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I realize that I don’t write enough about alternative therapies. That’s because, as I mentioned in “My Holistic Approach to Depression” post I am overcoming some resentment issues with those Tom Cruise-ish persons in my life that preached alternative medicine […]

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New Study: Exercise Is Like An Antidepressant

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As a recovering addict, I love any buzz I can get. Working out–any exercise that gets my heart rate over 160 beats per minute, into the cardiovascular zone, does the job. And in a safe way, so I don’t have […]

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Omega-3 and My Other Allies

posted by Beyond Blue

My mouth/stomach and brain are in constant negotiation talks with each other because while one loves white bread, pasta, and chocolate, the other has a hissy fit whenever they enter my blood stream. My diet has always been an important […]

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Mood and Food for Thought

posted by Beyond Blue

My blogging buddy James Bishop over at Finding Optimism wrote a superb post on food allergies, and how they contribute to mood. My sister is finding the same with her special needs boy, and continues to hound me about possible […]

How Massage Can Lessen Depressive Symptoms

posted by Beyond Blue

Also from James is this great post on massage. He explains how a massage can relieve some depressive symptoms. Poor James. He lives with a physical therapist who has good home/work boundaries. That sucks. Go to his original post by […]

Acupuncture for Treating Depression

posted by Beyond Blue

I learned the following at healthyplace.com, a depression community, which was an interesting place you might want to check out. Regarding acupuncture: Two randomized, controlled, clinical trials suggest that electroacupuncture may reduce symptoms of depression as effectively as amitryptiline, a […]

Love Notes Start Tomorrow

posted by Beyond Blue

Remember all the Holiday Survival Thoughts I wrote for you guys during December? Well, for each day in February I’ve decided to publish a “love note.” They are quotes from celebrities or philosophers or smart people, in general, that will […]

February Self-Esteem Forum

posted by Beyond Blue

A few weeks ago, Group Beyond Blue on Beliefnet’s Community held a “Self-Esteem Forum,” which means this: At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2, we all logged on to the discussion thread called “Self-Esteem Forum.” There, we were assigned one […]

Video: Staying Well When You’re Sick

posted by Beyond Blue

Getting sick as a depressive is tricky, because so many of the weapons in our arsenal depend on health. Which is why I hate to get sick. But when I do, here are my strategies for not totally losing it.PS […]

Staying Well When You’re Sick

posted by Beyond Blue

“A family that vomits together stays together.” That’s a modification from Father Peyton’s famous line–“A family that prays together stays together”–and sums up our Thanksgiving two years ago, when the whole family (parents and both little virus transporters) caught a […]

Depression and Chronic Pain Stories

posted by Beyond Blue

Of course, for some of us, feeling sick is a chronic condition. I was overwhelmed by all the comments to my post “Chronic Pain and Depression: The Gift of Gab and God.” So many people are in so much pain. […]

Group Beyond Blue: Surviving Winter

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A few weeks ago, I started a discussion threat at Group Beyond Blue called “Surviving Winter.” It’s full of a great suggestions! Among them: From Marilyn: I try to keep lots of books and videos around, and try to keep […]

The Dark Ages: January and February

posted by Beyond Blue

Last January I caught Eric underneath our dry, sagging Christmas tree with a bottle of wine in his hand. “Are you feeding the tree wine?” I asked him. “If it’s as depressed as I am, it could use some,” he […]

Dear God: The Desire to Love Is Enough

posted by Beyond Blue

Dear God, I take comfort in the words of Isaiah (8:23—9:3) that I read this week: Anguish has taken wing, dispelled is darkness: for there is no gloom where but now there was distress. The people who walked in darkness […]

Marquos: Butterfly Fields

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Beyond Blue reader and group member Marquos (find his homepage here) beautifully expresses this journey of coming to love yourself in his poem, “Butterfly Fields,” which I found on his blog (http://madspirituality.blogspot.com). He’s a beautiful writer, and I think many […]

New Group: Women Who Hurt Themselves and Those Who Love Them

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I’m proud to announce that Beyond Blue reader and group member Dawn Andrea (get to her homepage by clicking here) has started a new group called “Women Who Hurt Themselves and Those Who Love Them.” She writes about why she […]

Winter Health Week Starts Tomorrow!

posted by Beyond Blue

You may or may not remember last years “Winter Health Week.” I do. Because I was sick when I was writing my posts. In fact, Winter Health Week 2007 made such an impression on me that I was ready for […]

Amy Grant on Depression

posted by Beyond Blue

Awhile back, Beliefnet’s Dena Ross wrote a short piece on how Christian Music superstar Amy Grant deals with holiday depression. Now Dena offers a comprehensive interview with Amy regarding faith, family, and depression. To see the part of her video […]

Group Beyond Blue: Cliques on Beyond Blue?

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I was disheartened to read this by one of our Group Beyond Blue members yesterday morning: I’ve been, sporadically, posting at Beyond Blue original, then someone sent me a link for the group. I did a profile and posted and […]

Priscilla Warner: How Do You Move Beyond Blue?

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The author I interview today is famous AND one of us!! She co-authored the bestselling book, “The Faith Club” with Ranya Idliby and Suzanne Oliver. You may have heard of it: Ranya (a Muslim), Suzanne (a Christian), and Priscilla (a […]

Exploring Faith Book Club

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Check out the Exploring Faith Book Club in the Beliefnet Community! They have many interesting discussion threads going on. Here is a description of the group: Have you always had questions about Christianity, Islam, or Judaism that you were too […]

What Does Holistic Mean?

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I loved this comment by Beyond Blue reader Leslie because she views “holistic health” as a system using any and all tools that can facilitate growth, recovery, and health of the body, mind, and spirit. Compassionate people like Leslie also […]

I Repeat and Repeat: I AM Holisitic

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I wanted to publish this comment by Jennifer about my post “My Holistic Approach to Depression” because: 1) She’s right about my holistic approach. If fish-oil capsules is all you need to think more clearly and love more deeply, then […]

The Lesson About the Life Boat

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I want to thank all my Beyond Blue readers for responding with so much compassion and support to my post “My Holistic Approach to Depression.” As you can see, the reader pushed a pretty sensitive button by claiming that I […]

Dear God: I’m Ticked Off

posted by Beyond Blue

Dear God, In today’s reading (Isaiah 49: 3, 5), it is written: The Lord said to me: You are my servant, Israel, through whom I show my glory. Now the Lord has spoken who formed me as his servant from […]

Catherine of Sienna: God Is Our Helper

posted by Beyond Blue

If I weren’t in such a fowl mood, the following quote would inspire me: Our helper is God, and he is such that no one can withstand him. As long as we continue to look to this strong loving helper, […]

Where There is Faith, There Is Hope

posted by Beyond Blue

I never thought I’d go to reader Larry Parker for faith and hope part because he has been such an intellectual skeptic (no insult intended, Larry). But his e-mail (below) about his mother came just as I was having my […]

Group Beyond Blue: What Were You Like When You Were Young?

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I started a discussion thread at Group Beyond Blue at Beliefnet’s Community asking the question: what were you like when you were young? Because I’m curious as to how many others felt very depressed, even suicidal, as a kid.

Another Lesson in Perfectionism

posted by Beyond Blue

Thanks to all the Beyond Blue readers who told me to go gentle on myself regarding the mistake I made in my first Heath Ledger post. A few of you mentioned perfectionism, that ever-present battle to expect error-free performances from […]

Feed, Nurture, Foster Those Sensitive Types

posted by Beyond Blue

I really liked this comment by reader Chattering Mind regarding Heath’s Ledger’s death because it brings up a lot of emotions I’ve been feeling lately, and also addresses my fears about my very sensitive boy: There are people on earth […]

Heath Ledger Dies Battling Drugs and Depression

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Thanks to Beyond Blue reader (and Exploring Faith Group Club administrator) Priscilla Warner for the link to an interesting article on Health Ledger’s death by HeraldSun.com. To get to the article, click here. It begins: HEATH Ledger was battling drug […]

My Error on Heath

posted by Beyond Blue

Apologies to my readers for my mistake in my original post about Heath Ledger. I didn’t read the sources carefully enough–because I was rushing and I wanted to go to bed, which brings home the lesson that we should never […]

My Running Angel, Ben

posted by Beyond Blue

I’ve learned and benefitted from all kinds of angels in my life. A few days ago, my running angel died. It wasn’t until reading about all the other lives he touched that I realized how lucky I was to run […]

Heath Ledger: He Was Ill

posted by Beyond Blue

I’m searching for what, exactly, to say about what news reports are indicating might be a suicide by Heath Ledger, and all I can come up with are the words “he was ill,” spoken by the family of the late […]

Heath Ledger’s Friends Saw His Depression

posted by Beyond Blue

Thanks to Beliefnet’s Lilit Marcus who forwarded me the link to US Magazine’s story on Heath. In the article: News of Heath Ledger’s death has shaken friends of the actor. “This is terrible and I’m in shock,” a close friend […]

Thank You, Beyond Blue Readers and Group Members!

posted by Beyond Blue

I don’t do this often enough, so let me try to make up for it now. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for caring about each other in the way that you do–offering each other your compassion, empathy, and support– […]

My Problem with “The Kite Runner”

posted by Beyond Blue

Brace yourselves. Because I’m about to say something politically incorrect: I have issues with “The Kite Runner.” And the fact that no one does is further proof of how biased our culture is against the mentally ill. The summer before […]

Beliefnet’s Interview with Khaled Hosseini

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Sara Shereen Bakhshian of Beliefnet interviewed Khaled Hosseini about his blockbuster novel, “The Kite Runner,” the new movie, his faith and values, and about Islam in Afghanistan. To get to the interview click here. Below are some excerpts: The movie […]

Group Beyond Blue: I’m a Newbie

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At Group Beyond Blue on Beliefnet’s Community site, Beyond Blue member Kylinda launched a discussion on being a newbie to the site. Here is what she said: I don’t feel like there’s anyone I can talk to without being a […]

Group Beyond Blue: Stigma Buster

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Join the interesting thread of discussion called “Stigma Buster” by going to Group Beyond Blue’s page on Beliefnet Community. And we’re up to 133 members!

David J. Bookbinder, LMHC: How Do You Move Beyond Blue?

posted by Beyond Blue

Today’s interview with artist, psychotherapist, and writer David J. Bookbinder couldn’t be better timed, because I had just read Kay Redfield Jamison’s introductory remarks to the Inaugural Arts and Psychiatry Series held by The Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center (where […]

Art, Healing, and Transformation

posted by Beyond Blue

This group is about using art as a means to healing and transformation on both the individual and global levels. Please share your art and your stories, thoughts, and feelings. How has art — in the broadest sense of the […]

The Flower Mandalas Project

posted by Beyond Blue

This group provides an opportunity to participate in the creation of a book of 52 Flower Mandalas and related work. Please contribute any comments, quotes, or creative responses (writing, images, music) you have to the Flower Mandala images that are […]

Anxiety, Panic, and the Fear Center

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Beyond Blue reader Kay e-mailed me just before Christmas to ask me to address panic and anxiety. I feel blessed to have had a few months now without that dreadful knot in your stomach—actually I think of it as more […]

Max Lucado on Letting Go of Anxiety

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Here is an excerpt from Max Lucado on how to let go of anxiety. Warning: it’s a tad simplistic. It doesn’t address the biological component of anxiety at all and therefore is somewhat unauthentic. But I do like his reminder […]

Small Miracles at Christmas

posted by Beyond Blue

Speaking of Kay, I don’t know if I am the only one who caught this comment of hers of the message board of my post “Video: O Holy Night”: Merry christmas to you, Therese, and all BB readers and writers.? […]

Mission SOOOOOOOO Impossible: My Converting to Scientology

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Thanks once more to Beyond Blue reader Larry Parker who obviously reads the newspaper and online sources more than I do. If you’ve ever wandered what, exactly, Tom Cruise believes, here is your chance to find out! I tried to […]

The Photo! Come, Holy Spirit

posted by Beyond Blue

In case there are any doubters among my readers, here is the photo of the dove sitting on Mr. Guardian Angel’s arm. Pretty cool, huh?

The Falling Down Professions

posted by Beyond Blue

Thanks to Beliefnet’s Lilit Marcus for forwarding to me a New York Times article about how more first year doctors and lawyers are suffering from depression, and what companies are doing to improve their retention rates. To get to the […]

Three Depression Memoirs Cast Light on British Epidemic

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Also from Lilit Marcus, this interesting article about three new novels that cast a new light on Britain’s hidden epidemic. Stephanie Merritt, who suffers from depression herself, writes a memoir for Random House (and this article) because she wants greater […]

Saving Grace: Laycee Underwood Won the iPod

posted by Beyond Blue

I apologize for the delay in publishing the result of the “Saving Grace” essay contest. Truthfully, I put it off because it felt like choosing which was my favorite child. Finally, I begged Holly to find someone else to judge […]

Saving Grace: Read the Other Essays

posted by Beyond Blue

There are 45 comments posted in the combox of my “Saving Grace Giveaway” post: so many beautiful, moving tales of God’s presence during our darkest hours. If you get a free minute, you should read through them.

Joan Wester Anderson: Angel Stories Come to Beliefnet’s Community

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Joan Wester Anderson, who is a member of Group Beyond Blue at Beliefnet Community, has just started featuring her angel stories as part of her journal on her page. For example, I found the following story, “Angel in Her Dream,” […]

Hannah Montana and Integrity on Sirius

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Folks, I hate to mess you up again this week because Wednesday is video day. But I’m talking about Hannah Montana and the topic of integrity on Sirius Radio very early this morning–6:40 a.m EST if you’d like to drop […]

Video: Hannah Montana and Integrity

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Hannah Montana: Make Some Noise

posted by Beyond Blue

The lyrics of most of Hannah Montana’s songs are actually pretty inspiring, and speaks to the struggle of a depressive. Her “Make Some Noise” is my favorite. Here are the lyrics: It’s easy to feel like You’re all alone To […]

Hannah Montana in Concert

posted by Beyond Blue

And if you want to see the real deal, here’s a youtube video of Hannah singing “Make Some Noise.” (She’s much better than I am!)Hannah Montana Lyrics

Dear God: Come, Holy Spirit

posted by Beyond Blue

Dear God, I guess you would say there are no such things as coincidences. Only mini-miracles. Today, the 14th anniversary of my father’s death, I read these words in the Gospel of Matthew (15-17): After Jesus was baptized, he came […]

Frank: Holy Spirit, Pray In My Place

posted by Beyond Blue

Awhile back, I chatted with Gus Lloyd on Sirius Radio, the Catholic Channel, about praying during those times that you are depressed, tired, or burned out—those times that you pray and you get nothing back. A listener, Frank, wrote the […]

Group Beyond Blue: For Love of Family

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Thanks to Beyond Blue reader Larry Parker for alerting me to the interesting discussion thread, “For Love of Family,” at Group Beyond Blue, on Beliefnet’s Community site. There are so many dynamic discussions going on over there, that I haven’t […]

Patton Dodd: How Do You Move Beyond Blue?

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For today’s segment of “How Do You Move Beyond Blue?” I have the HONOR, the PRIVILEDGE, to interview the author of a favorite essay of mine, one that I read regularly to reassure myself that I’m okay even if I’m […]

Patton Dodd: Optimism Is Depressing (But Hope Isn’t!)

posted by Beyond Blue

Since I chopped Patton’s essay into so many pieces in my interview, I figured some of you guys might like to read it without so many interruptions. Instructions: Please print it out and give it to the next person who […]

Patton’s Group Picks at Beliefnet Community

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Since Patton is involved in the Community Beliefnet, the social networking side of Beliefnet, I asked him to recommend some groups to Beyond Blue readers, in addition, of course, to Group Beyond Blue, which is jamming, by the way, with […]

A Question About Videos

posted by Beyond Blue

I’ve heard from a few people that they are unable to view the videos. One person asked if I could write out the script, or a summary of the video. I’d like to know how many of you can’t view […]

Chronic Pain and Depression: The Gift of Gab and God

posted by Beyond Blue

A few years back the father of a woman I know shot himself because he couldn’t take his chronic pain anymore. This guy was a highly educated man–a doctor, actually—but, despite all his knowledge and connections, could not find anything […]

Depression Hurts–I Mean, Physically

posted by Beyond Blue

I recently read an interview with Dr. Paul McClelland, a psychiatrist at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore about the serious physical changes in the body and brain that can be a result of depression. These conditions or complications are among […]

10 Spiritual Tools for Coping with Chronic Pain

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I thought that those Beyond Blue readers who suffer from chronic pain in addition to depression might appreciate some of the insights by Maureen Pratt, a speaker and author who focuses on spirituality, faith and wellness (www.maureenpratt.com), compiled in a […]

8 Affirmations to Move Past Pain

posted by Beyond Blue

Warning: none of these affirmations mention dark chocolate …. so I don’t know …. To get to Beliefnet’s gallery, “8 Affirmations to Move Past Pain” click here. They are taken from Charlene Proctor’s book, “The Women’s Book of Empowerment.”

Video: S.E.L.F.–No Trespassing!

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Melody Beattie on Boundaries

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Melody Beattie is a great author to read when you’re having boundaries problems and are letting all sorts of people and their opinions into your core. The following excerpt is from her book, “The Language of Letting Go”: “There’s a […]

Britney and Mental Illness: Sometimes We Can’t Do What We’re Expected to Do

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I was impressed by all the compassion for Britney and others that are caught in the perfect storm of addiction and mental illness on the combox of my post “Britney: Is Addiction More Acceptable Than Mental Illness?” I especially loved […]

Addiction: Disease or Defect?

posted by Beyond Blue

Awhile back, the Washington Post ran an excellent article by Maia Szalavitz on what exactly addiction is, and how we should go about treating the Britneys and Lindsays out there. To get to the article, click here. Below are excerpts: […]

Britney Spears: There But for the Grace of God Go I

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As I read about Britney’s hospitalization last week, her increasingly erratic and bizarre behavior, and her deteriorating mental and physical health, I react with the simultaneous disgust and sympathy that most people (who have a heart) do: “Get some sense, […]

Karen Swartz, M.D.: How Do You Move Beyond Blue?

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For today’s “How Do You Move Beyond Blue?” post, I have published a comprehensive update of some fascinating studies that will lead to more effective treatments for depression and other mood disorders. This valuable summary by Karen Swartz was printed […]

New Study: Religion Helps Panic Disorder

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For those who want to stay up to date with new health studies, especially those regarding depression and anxiety, you may want to sign up to receive Johns Hopkins Health Alerts, which are free, mostly targeted to people over 50. […]

Self-Esteem Forum: Exhibit A

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I was going to wait to publish some of the letters, but, well, unlike Holly, I did not resolve to become more patient this year. Harnessing my chocolate addiction is challenging enough. So here is Exhibit A from our Self-Esteem […]

Britney: Is Addiction More Acceptable Than Mental Illness?

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Beliefnet’s Ellen Leventry wrote an excellent article about the latest Britney story–her hospitalization last Thursday. To get to her original article click here. Below are some excerpts: What Halliburton of the spirit will win the bidding for the reconstruction of […]

Cathy: On Light and Darkness

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I was touched by Cathy’s response to my “Dear God: Be My Light” post because it’s so honest and articulates beautifully what so many of us feel on those days we struggle: I should pull out my dusty Meister Eckhart […]

Linda-Marie: Hang In There

posted by Beyond Blue

And I was impressed by Linda-Marie’s response to Cathy, especially when she is at a vulnerable place herself. Thanks, Linda-Marie! Cathy, I have gone through periods like you are describing. I am doing my best not to descend into a […]

In Case You’re Confused

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Because Sunday is the Epiphany and Beliefnet was scheduling a package for this weekend, I moved up this post, and will do the interview (How Do You Move Beyond Blue? segment) on Monday. Sorry for any confusion. I know that […]

Dear God: Be My Light

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Dear God, In Isaiah 60:1-3, it is written: Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises […]

The Feast of the Epiphany

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This post is from last year’s Feast of the Epiphany. An epiphany can mean several things: an “Aha!” moment after relentless searching and study, the first time you see something (or someone) in its natural form, or the Christian feast […]

What Makes Us Moral??

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I always got a head ache after my class “The Problem with Evil.” And I continue to write my professor–Dr. Joe Incandela, a Princeton Ph.D. and a brilliant man–every time something goes really wrong in the world: 9/11, sniper attacks, […]

The Moral Compass

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Mary Elizabeth Williams is one of my semi-famous friends. She’s the Table Talk Host at Salon.com, and every time I page through the TV Guide or People magazine, there her name is. She’s also one of the few Catholics in […]

10 Spiritual Lessons from “The Golden Compass”

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Donna Freitas, one of Beliefnet’s “Idol Chatter” bloggers, has compiled a beautiful gallery of the spiritual lessons of “The Golden Compass.” Donna writes that this movie, and the book by Philip Pullman that it’s based on, are far from anti-Christian, […]

The “Good O Meter”

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Group Beyond Blue: We Have 103 Members!

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Wow. Our numbers at Group Beyond Blue at Beleifnet’s Community site are growing everyday. And there are over 20 different discussions going on. Thanks to all the Beyond Blue readers who became members. If you’d like to join, go to […]

What Is Love? By Marquos

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Many Beyond Blue readers commented on this beautiful and lyrical response from Marquos on the message board of my “Dear God: The Holy and Not So Holy Family” post. Thanks for this, Marquos. As you might suspect I am an […]

Group Beyond Blue: A Successful Self-Esteem Forum!

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I didn’t know how last night was going to go, because I’ve never done anything like that before. But I have to say that when 8:00 came around, I felt better, like I had been to a support group. So […]

New Year’s Resolutions 2008

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Holly’s Resolutions

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Holly, Beliefnet’s Health Editor, and my editor, made her own. Here she is to tell you about hers.What are your resolutions????

Group Beyond Blue: New Year’s Resolutions, 2008

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There is a lively discussion on Group Beyond Blue (in the Community site) about New Year’s resolutions. Among some of the promises made by fellow Beyond Blue readers: Member Hopeful36: Next year I plan on not being a DOOR MAT! […]

Everyday Melancholy

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Thanks much to Beyond Blue reader NYJLM (who writes her own blog, “So Love Is Hard and Love Is Tough” that you can get to by clicking here) for this cartoon. And all Beyond Blue readers: please continue to send […]

Group Beyond Blue: Self-Esteem Forum Tonight!

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Tonight at 7 PM EST Group Beyond Blue on Beliefnet’s Community site will attempt (repeat: WILL ATTEMPT) to hold a self-esteem forum, in which Beyond Blue members are assigned a person for whom to write an affirmation letter. I really […]

Group Beyond Blue: A Fresh Start in 2008

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I was inspired by Beyond Blue reader Suzanne’s message to a bunch of us in Group Beyond Blue, on Beliefnet’s Community site: I’m just writing a quick note on this, the 18th Anniversary of my dear first husband’s death at […]

What Is Beyond Blue?

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Okay, so my New Year’s resolution lasted all of 15 minutes. I couldn’t resist publishing this description of Beyond Blue by reader Margaret on the message board of my “Biggest Thrills of 2007″ post, because it nails the mission statement […]

Happy 2008 Y’All!

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My best wishes for a good start to 2008 for all my Beyond Blue readers! Resolution number two for me is to establish better boundaries between work and family, so I’m trying to practice that by not writing anything today, […]

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