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You Can't Say That In Here

I was constantly shocked by what came out of my students’ mouths. In the same way foreigners learning a new language can scoop only...

A Long Night's Journey Into Day

Rose, a mother in her forties with young kids, had gotten an allogeneic stem cell transplant—an allo—with the hope it would...

Approaching Death

A child is dead. There is a terrifying, soul-piercing scream that a mother makes when she loses a child. This scream is so universal that...

Becoming

The hospital feels larger than life. Oppressive. Or maybe it’s my anxiety that’s large and oppressive. The stiff, white fabric...

Making a Difference

When my brother Richard was nearing the end of his college career, back in the 1970s, he didn’t quite know what he was going to do....

The Importance of Connection

My first day in a contracted teaching position should have been easy. I had graduated in the top of my class with a 3.97 GPA, passed all of...

Teaching Moments

I will never forget my first day in the classroom, nearly twenty-six years ago. All had gone relatively well: I’d taught five classes...

Stories That Must Be Told

Inside these pages, you will meet 20 people who are living with mental illness. Be prepared to recognize yourself. Expect to meet someone...

Writing Away the Stigma

A couple of years ago, an episode of 60 Minutes featured mothers from a support group for families confronting mental illness. One of them...

States of Permanence and Impermanence

Foam isn’t a substance so much as a state of being. When pockets of gas are caught in a liquid or solid, you get foam. It can be...

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