Category: Depression

Just Remember – Kelly

The telemarketer calling you tonight was just diagnosed with breast cancer.  The slow driver in front of you just got a call that her son died in Iraq. The man at the checkout line in front of you making conversation with the checker just lost his… Continue Reading “Just Remember – Kelly”

Attachment – Brad

Attachment is the Root of All Suffering I attended my second support group meeting this week.  It was the third for Kelly – she found The Compassionate Friends after we read a book on grieving that was based on interviews with people who were… Continue Reading “Attachment – Brad”

Loving Someone Through Loss – Kelly

Jaime, a good friend of mine, came over a while ago before it started to rain everyday and the gray set in.  You know, the kind of rain that permeates everything you’re wearing and drips down deep, to your bones. It was nice to… Continue Reading “Loving Someone Through Loss – Kelly”

Memory – Brad

We are memory. This is the thought that recurs. The essence of us. What others might call our soul. I don’t believe in the soul. But I believe in memory. And I trust in physics. To make the point, I would ask, “Who are… Continue Reading “Memory – Brad”

Dear Ben, On Your 13th Year – Kelly

I look at this photo a lot.  You were 11 when it was taken.   I love this photo because you are talking to your dad.  I hate this photo because it depicts the reality that we never got to meet.  When I met your dad and heard he… Continue Reading “Dear Ben, On Your 13th Year – Kelly”

Graduation message – Brad

To the students of Washington Elementary, Edison Elementary, Centennial Elementary, and Evergreen Christian School: You are forever a part of me. You are important.  You have the power to change the world. I am a very proud father. Ben, Maddy and Sam filled me… Continue Reading “Graduation message – Brad”

This Fathers Day – Kelly

This Sunday, June 19, 2016, is Fathers Day. I am.  I’m paralyzed by this day.  I’m not looking forward to it. We’ve been told the first year is the worst.  It’s no joke.  I keep holding my breath praying to my dog that Sunday… Continue Reading “This Fathers Day – Kelly”

Emotional kidney stone – Brad

People say they can’t imagine what I’m going through, and I say, “Don’t try, it’s not worth it.”  But if you really want to know, I feel like it’s the emotional equivalent of my kidney stone.  That was the worst lasting physical pain I… Continue Reading “Emotional kidney stone – Brad”

From the Other Side of the Sun – Brad

I ran this course nearly six months ago, on the winter solstice.  Looking back on the intervening days is like looking down the mountain trail, marveling at the difference in viewpoint.  But the experience of this day’s hike is such a stark contrast to my… Continue Reading “From the Other Side of the Sun – Brad”

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