Poetry Friday: Phantoms

Phantoms No phantoms speak black words tonight within my ears and out of sight. They often whisper chillingly The awful truths that I can’t see about the world and those that live and barely breathe and never give. I fear the phantoms but they come because, they say, there must be one to bear the … Continue reading Poetry Friday: Phantoms

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I Miss Crying

Over a year ago I was diagnosed with depression and I started seeing a counselor. I don't even know how to describe those months preceding my first appointment. Have you ever wanted to die? I'm sorry. I get it. There are no words. This counselor recommended I take antidepressants, so I got on and off the pills in … Continue reading I Miss Crying

Kristin Chenoweth and Twitter

I have nothing to say. I'm writing this on Sunday night so I can schedule it to post at 8:11 like on "Taylor the Latte Boy," which BTW is just so funny. Here's the video. It has Kristin Chenoweth, so just yes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXS0nEOx_20 And then watch this, because at this point... yeah. It's funny, too. … Continue reading Kristin Chenoweth and Twitter

Poetry Friday: I Dissolve

These are technically guitar lyrics. I adjusted them to read more like poetry. I Dissolve The mountain mists highlight rays of sun catching hidden blues and grays my fingers clench around the steering wheel I’m lost as thoughts of better days sweep over me, overcome me swallow me, and I dissolve The engine cuts and I … Continue reading Poetry Friday: I Dissolve

Weirdness and Curiosity

Weirdness has been in my life lately and I'm kind of caught between wanting to write novels about it and wanting to keep everything all locked up. Knowing myself, I'm sure I'll eventually pump out the paragraphs, but for now I'm just kind of reveling in it all. But anyway, the happy pills make the world seem a … Continue reading Weirdness and Curiosity

Amanda Bynes, Robin Williams, and the Spectacle of Mental Illness

Just wow. Everyone should read this.

Let's Queer Things Up!

Internet, we need to have a talk.

I’ve had a number of readers ask why I’ve neglected to write about Amanda Bynes this last year. It’s simple, really. I don’t believe that celebrities are “fair game,” and that, when they have very human and very difficult struggles, I should capitalize on those things by writing an article, however well-intentioned. I believe they are deserving of privacy and respect, by virtue of their being people.

However, I’m making an exception here, because in the midst of the negative and callous press that Bynes has received, I think it’s time we had a chat about it from a different perspective. And then, after we’re done, I think it’s time we stop speculating about it altogether. Deal?

First and foremost, there is no way for us to know what, if anything, Bynes has been diagnosed with. The family has denied schizophrenia and bipolar…

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