Suicide and the Language of Choice

Suicide and the Language of Choice

Header Image Alt Text: A photograph of a moon with orange-lit clouds below.  CW: Suicide, Mental Illness When I heard about the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, I felt what I always feel when I hear about the suicide of anyone: I feel like I’ve lost a...
Farewell to a Beloved Disability Column

Farewell to a Beloved Disability Column

Three years ago, I started the column Life of the Mind Interrupted over on Chronicle Vitae to explore the ways higher education could become more humane for students, faculty, and staff with psychiatric disabilities. The column expanded over the years to encompass all...
Me, Trying to Explain OCD to my Husband…

Me, Trying to Explain OCD to my Husband…

Image Alt Text: Photograph of four colorful lampshades on a black background, all askew. Me, trying to explain my not-so-bad-all-things-considered* OCD to my loving husband after I burst into tears tonight over a lampshade: It’s not that I actually care about...