Open a search engine and type, “It didn’t make me happy,” and you’ll find stories of people getting married, getting divorced, having a family, finding and losing jobs, converting to one religion or another, gaining and losing weight, making money, giving it away, moving from one place to another, reaching career goals. You’ll find story […]
Back in my preteen and teenage years, I first found I just couldn’t buy into some of the prevailing stories I often heard repeated in my broader Christian community. These messages were too simple, too neat in their claims—including the claim that Christians should be happier than everyone else, fearless, and consistently radiant in our […]
In 1546, Italian physician Girolamo Fracastoro proposed a theory that epidemic diseases are caused by transferable tiny particles or “spores” that could transmit infection by direct or indirect contact or even without contact over long distances. This was an entirely revolutionary idea. His theory laid the groundwork for germ theory, which revolutionized science and medicine […]
My friend Jen Manglos is a writer, a spiritual director, and a retreat expert (at the end of this post, you can learn a little more about her and her work). She has created and led retreats in a variety of settings, for many different groups and individuals. And she has generously created a personal […]
Imagine it’s Christmas Day. Your loved ones have gathered; the children have shaken, weighed, and squeezed every package under the tree; and now it’s time to open them. Everyone settles in, the gifts are distributed, and the room resounds with the noise of tearing paper. “Thank you! It’s just what I wanted,” someone cries. “Wow, […]
We litter our own yards with plastic figurines and wrap lights around every object that will serve: trees, light poles, bushes, and buildings. We listen to the same music over and over, year after year, and we sing with gusto about horses, buggies, sleighs, and bells as if these were common to our everyday experiences […]
It’s December! I love this time of year, but I’m also aware that it’s a season of both light and darkness—figuratively and literally. I’ve recorded a short video with some thoughts on what that means for me. Enjoy, and bask in the light!
There was a time when I was nearly powerless against my own emotions. Growing up as a sensitive person in a household made confusing by my mother’s schizophrenia, I learned to mask my feelings well—but that was the only way I knew how to handle them. And when bad things happened, my plans didn’t work […]
If you know anything about me and my most common writing topics, you know my family of origin has seen our share of rough times. Severe mental illness, along with its attendant hardships, is capable of disrupting every aspect of family life, including connections between family members. I’m familiar with those disruptions, and I’m thankful […]
Please enjoy this post from Catherine P. Downing (at the end of this post, you can learn a little more about her and her resources for families living with mental illness). Catherine is a writer, an advocate, and a consultant. She’s also mother to a son affected by serious mental illness, and she practices what […]
© 2017 Amy Simpson.