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Author: Katie Clarke

Resource: Explaining Anxiety

Resource: Explaining Anxiety

*This is one of a series of posts we are planning for our readers to use as a tool to help someone in their life better understand the tenets of mental health. While awareness of mental health struggles is becoming a more common subject in
Letter from the Editors

Letter from the Editors

Well, here we are. When Chris put out the call asking for volunteers to help with the blog (back in, what was it, March, April?) it was a no-brainer for the three of us. Help people tell their stories, open up, and have some necessary
What a Decade It’s Been

What a Decade It’s Been

Ten. Years. The morning radio show I listen to has been featuring a few of the typical lists every episode about the last decade including “Best TV Shows,” “Top Artists” and “Memorable Moments.” Not going to lie, I’ve identified with very few. I identify as
The Big Man of the Christmas Season and Me

The Big Man of the Christmas Season and Me

How "Santa's Not Real" Changed Me “He sees you when you’re sleeping He knows when you’re awake He knows if you’ve been bad or good So be good for goodness’ sake.” Like so many kids raised in a household that celebrates Christmas, I was a
A New Christmas

A New Christmas

Trigger Warning: loss of a family member "I used to dress nice, in a seasonal dress (usually red), and run out the front door to greet my aunts and uncles as the sound of tires on the gravel driveway signaled their arrival." My first thought
Holiday Wonder

Holiday Wonder

"Blinking, effervescent, constantly changing wide array of colors that sparkle in one’s eyes." Have you ever wondered about the true magic of Christmas?  Why do people seem more cheerful, full of emotion and constantly out and about during this time of the year?  Well for
A Time to Reflect

A Time to Reflect

"It can be difficult not being part of the majority." I know it’s a cliché, but to me, the holidays are the best time of the year. Houses decorated with lights, streetlamps draped tinsel, snowflakes swirling in the night—everything just feels so magical.   As a
Debate of Salutations from a Nonreligious Girl

Debate of Salutations from a Nonreligious Girl

“Merry Christmas!” “Happy holidays!” “Seasons Greetings” “Have a blessed holiday!” I’m sure we’ve all been stuck in scenarios where we’ve heard most if not all of the above. Working in retail for what feels like an eternity but is actually only eight years, I’ve become
The Ghost of Christmases Past

The Ghost of Christmases Past

I miss the kind of Christmases I had growing up. I suppose it's the same for a lot of people. But now, living so far away from my family and not being able to see them at Christmas I think my childhood Christmas memories have
Twas the Night Before Jingletime

Twas the Night Before Jingletime

*This post is specifically related to the ITA? podcast and is rife with references to different episodes, including the use of the name "Karen" to provide a name by which to directly address a person's mental illness. Twas the night before Jingletime, the evening was