Winter’s Gifts of Light


As it often happens, Christmas and Hanukkah overlap this holiday season. Hanukkah and Christmas both are traditional religious holidays, material as they often can be. Christmas, to many, is a secular celebration of sharing with family and friends. Hanukkah has kept its historical meaning for Jews; however, once a minor holiday, it has increased in […]

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When Memories Fail

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I’ve been overdosing on Hallmark Christmas movies, partly because television doesn’t offer much else, but, mainly to get to the place where Christmas used to take me. For someone who acts like a pragmatist, I am, in essence, a dreamer. The holidays give me license to live in the land of wishes and miracles. I […]

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Overdose: A Mother’s Perspective

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International Overdose Awareness Day: A Mother’s Perspective About 40 years ago, a nurse that I supervised was brought as an overdose to the Emergency Room where she worked. She was pretty and petite, and a sweet, kind person. It was a shock to me when she was brought in. I only knew her as a […]

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International Overdose Awareness Day

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“International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug […]

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In Like a Lion

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  It’s January 1, the start of a New Year. What should I bring from the lessons of this past year to help me navigate the journey ahead? For one, I’ve learned that life is unpredictable. Sometimes, it brings wonderful surprises, such as the birth of my new grandson, Jude. My daughter fell in love with […]

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Meet Emily and Her Music

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My name is Emily Maguire and I am a British singer-songwriter.  Like Sean, I also have the blessing and the curse of being bipolar.  Like Sean, making music is my passion.  I think of creativity as being the silver lining to the bipolar cloud.  When I am well and writing songs, I am so unbelievably […]

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Peace At Dinner is Good News For All

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Holidays are a difficult time for people who suffer with depression and/or anxiety. Expectations are everywhere… Merry, Joy, Happy, etc., etc. Yet, for those who have social anxiety, for example, facing groups can be overwhelming. How, though, can they avoid family during the holiday season without causing problems?   I remember one Christmas when Sean […]

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It seems somewhat awkward to call the April 16, 2016 Northside Benefit a celebration, when it marks the 8th anniversary of Sean’s passing, and what would have been his 37th birthday. It seems like I miss him more and more with each passing year, if that’s even possible. I wonder if that patch of thinning […]

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All I Want For Christmas

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It’s Christmas Eve and I haven’t made my Christmas list. I told everyone that there was nothing I needed that I didn’t have, and that is true. But there is a difference between want and need, isn’t there? I can’t say I really need anything, but what do I want?  I have my two front […]

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