Beyond Blue
December 2006 Archives

Yesterday David cried for two hours because the state of Maine didn’t say anything as he assembled his talking puzzle of the United States. “It’s not working!” he screamed as he threw the first thirteen colonies across the room. “What …Read More

In her national bestseller “Potatoes Not Prozac,” Kathleen DesMaisons offers a seven-step dietary plan for sugar-sensitive people like me. I’ve tried to implement her suggestions into my diet because, as a recovering drunk and depressive, sugar can throw me into …Read More

I found this article, “Mental Health: You Are What You Eat,” on the BBC website. It offers some ways to eat your way to mental health. It’s important to note, however, that severe depression needs to be treated medically. A …Read More

I finally found a book on the human body I can understand! Last night I wanted to read Katherine the story of Baby Jesus again to squeeze the most religion out of these days around Christmas since I fall short …Read More

Every year for Christmas I send poinsettias to a few special people in my life, and I buy a few for our home (which die quickly because I forget to water them). I always think about the legend of this …Read More

I tell the story of the poinsettia because it describes what has happened to me with “Beyond Blue.” At the low point of my depression, I was convinced that I had absolutely nothing to offer the world: that my husband …Read More

Here are a few of those warm fuzzies you’ve been kind enough to post on this blog. Let’s keep sharing with each other: Some days I feel there is no hope for me. But then I read your article and …Read More

I think about Mary often this time of year. More than usual, which is a lot. Mary loves desperate people–the ones who have already tried Jesus and, for whatever reason, didn’t get results. That’s how my mom explained it when …Read More

I have prayed the Memorare every day since my mom (and others) told me to go to Mary with my depression. It’s clear from the words of this prayer that Mary hears all pleas, but especially those uttered in desperation: …Read More

I love how Anne Lamott describes her devotion to Mary in “Plan B“: “You’re not supposed to love Mary so much, if you’re not Catholic, but I do. I wear a picture of her inside a gold oval frame, on …Read More