Joker’s premiere at the 76th Venice International Film Festival [8/31] draws an eight-minute standing ovation for Phillips and Phoenix, along with a critical outpouring of praise for the actor’s performance as Fleck, a mentally ill sad sack and aspiring comedian who remakes himself as an icon of violent societal overthrow. Initial shock that Warner Bros. would deem … Continue reading joker.
In late August The New York Times published an article titled "How to Manage Mental Illness at Work." It couldn't have been more timely since I had just begun working full time for the first time in nearly four years. Previously, I had been a doctoral student, spending most of my time writing, at home, … Continue reading managing.
Each year when 9/11 occurs, I reflect on how much life changed after that day in 2001. While I didn't personally lose anyone in the attacks, I know I lost a little bit of myself the day the towers fell. On September 11, 2001, I was twelve. That morning we were sitting at the kitchen … Continue reading always remember.
Last weekend, I decided to frame my college diploma. It had been in a box under my bed, and I honestly wanted to forget about it. But I felt that I owed this to myself. It's not because I'm particularly proud of having a degree or feel the need to remind myself and others of … Continue reading framing.
One thing you might not know about me is that I am afraid of heights. But it’s a little more complicated than you might think. It’s not that I’m afraid of falling. It’s the fear that I might give in to the urge to jump. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Thankfully, being actively suicidal … Continue reading reason to stay.
I just finished season 3 of 13 Reasons Why. I know there's a ton of people out there who are against the show (and novel) and would like to see it banned. However, I am firmly in the camp of people that values popular media that is willing to make us uncomfortable in order to draw … Continue reading support.
As an "academic" (as much as I loathe that phrase) with a research focus in disability studies, I have recently become more familiar with the spoon theory. I think it's a useful disability/illness metaphor as it visually represents what it's like to live with a certain condition. Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash The theory gained traction in … Continue reading spoons.
PTSD is something that most people associate with veterans. If it's not talked about in relationship to vets or severe trauma, it's sometimes just joked about in a very lighthearted manner (which is problematic yes, but that's not what I'm going to focus on here). The truth is, however, that PTSD can affect any and … Continue reading filling up.
When I was four, I accepted Christ as my personal Savior. I grew up in church, and from Sunday School to Youth Group, we were always working on writing, memorizing, and sharing our testimony. Over the years, it changed somewhat, but there was always a pattern that went something like this: I accepted Christ at … Continue reading testimony.
It was thought that his mother was his only close friend. When she ordered her coffee, she smiled eagerly as if to thank us for the space we gave her son. But her eyes betrayed the pain I've come to recognize in parents who feel to blame for their children's unhappiness. … Continue reading evan.