Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue

Biggest Thrills of 2008

1. The look on David’s face when he realized he had swallowed his first tooth. (We were eating corn on the cob.)

2. Katherine’s expression as we watched “The Little Mermaid” on Broadway in NYC, and listening to her tell her friends she met the “real Ariel.”

3. Talking about the resurrection on “Fox and Friends” the Saturday before Easter, and spending the weekend in New York with Eric (and no kids!).

4. Watching Group Beyond Blue grow to over 1200 members! Witnessing the sincere support and compassion on our discussion threads. And learning how to moderate such an important support group.


5. Writing my memoir.

6. Finding a group of mom friends at David’s school that I actually relate to and like. They all have great senses of humor!

7. Being elected into my high school Hall of Fame, and reading the heart-felt letters of recommendations from family members, friends, and colleagues.

8. Hiding my computer in my bedroom closet for 19 days–and not going online during that time–and thereby learning some very important about forming boundaries and achieving serenity (which lasted for, let’s say, a week).

9. Recognizing two relationships that were not benefitting or empowering me and having the courage to disengage. Forming stronger boundaries between work and home life.


10. Discovering the names of some mental health experts on the comboxes of Beyond Blue! Like Dr. Tamar Chansky, Dr. Steven Curtis, and Dr. Ron Pies.

11. Watching the relationships between Larry and Ana evolve. Even though it was Laurie Sue Brockway who officially brought them together on her “Soulmate Project,” I would like to take a little credit too because both of them are Group Beyond Blue members. Yah! I’m one-fourth cupid!

12. Getting to know Holly better and the Beliefnet team as I sit at my computer and crank out my crazy thoughts.

To read more Beyond Blue, go to, and to get to Group Beyond Blue, a support group at Beliefnet Community, click here.

  • Holly Rossi

    I’m so honored to have been part of your 2008! Happy New Year!

  • Your Name

    From Ana and me …
    1. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww …
    2. Of course, Happy New Year!

  • Larry Parker

    (that was me, of course)

  • Alison Bergblom Johnson

    One of my biggest thrills of 2008 was teaching people with mental illness how to write literature about it. I got the opportunity to watch a person with schizophrenia realize what a metaphor was; that it was a way of thinking that people without a mental illness also partake of.

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