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Ideas and inspirations

Posted on March 6, 2017 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Throughout my amazing experiences working on the Abandoned Asylums book series, I've had the inspirational experience of hearing some amazing stories. Telling the stories of these facilities, and all those affected within, has always been my primary goal. It's not just the horror stories, but what has come from these horrors, as well as from genuine kindness. 

I have been mulling over some ideas for a new project. It's those of you, and your indiviual stories that inspire me. For t...

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Love Letter to a Friend

Posted on September 21, 2016 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Love Letter to a Friend

While sitting at my computer yesterday, in the midst of copious amounts of reading and research for school and book #3, I felt the need to stop and compose an email to a dear friend. Sometimes the mood strikes, and I know I won’t be productive until I take care of it. At times, it’s a simple hello, and sometimes it is so much more.

In this case, it was intended to be a quick hello, and to share a couple baby pictures of my family’s most r...

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How to read for Grad School

Posted on August 21, 2016 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I recentl found this article about reading for Grad School. Ithought it was helpful, anfd you might too. 

https://miriamsweeney.net/2012/06/20/readforgradschool/


How to Read for Grad School

By Miriam / June 20, 2012 / ProTips / 10 comments

In graduate school the work load increases and students will find that they are expected to master two to three times the material that they were used to as an undergraduate. This can be intimidating to the poi...

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Depression Genes

Posted on August 1, 2016 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This is from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2016/tapping-crowd-sourced-data-unearths-a-trove-of-depression-genes.shtml

In Science news...



Tapping Crowd-Sourced Data Unearths a Trove of Depression Genes

 

Pay-to-play gene typing leveraged for statistical power – NIH-funded study

 

August 1, 2016 • Press Release

 

 

Scientists have discovered...

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Fall Art Classes in Worcester,Ma

Posted on July 17, 2016 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey All,

In case you are thinking about taking an art class, or would like to expand your experience with a knowledgeable and a very encouraging teacher, then check this out below. Both Tammy and I had the great pleasure of learning about art from a friend and an amazing professor at Worcester State College.

 

Kat O’Connor, is an artist and professor based in Worcester, but well known throughout New England with her work seen on a national level. She is the featu...

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The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) - signs and symptoms of depression

Posted on July 14, 2016 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Thi is a list of some common signs and symptoms of depression, according to the The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (see the link at the bottom to read more).

 

If you have been experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression:

 

Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood

Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism

Irritability...

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A Weight Too Heavy to Bear Alone 071116

Posted on July 11, 2016 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)


I have accepted that my depression, my darkness is a part of me. In fact, at one of our book signings a couple months ago, one woman said something to the effect of “You wouldn’t be here, doing this work if it (my darkness) wasn’t.” She said it comes through in my writing, my empathy for those in similar situations, no matter the name they give it.

Today, I am moved to confess, lately, I am having a hard time fighting the darkness from creeping in. I...

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#BeTheLight continued

Posted on July 9, 2016 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)


 

#BeTheLight started for me as a means to share my own story of returning from a place of despair, largely due to one person who took the time to share her light of hope with me. In a time when I felt unable to move past the pain, the loss of control in my own life, and the isolation I felt walled in by.

It has grown since I began this journey, and I pray it continues to.

Anyone who has been to one of our book signings with a talk has heard the story of m...

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How do we fix it?

Posted on June 25, 2016 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The question I hear, over and over, and infact, often ask myself is, how do we fix the mental health system? Let me clarify "fix"; by fix, I mean how do we make it more accessable? How do we drive out the stigma associated with mental health?

I was recently asking a friend (who is a Psychologist and Professor of Psychology) this exact question. She suggested that we start, here in Massachusetts, although this could be applied anywhere, including an annual mental health check up to go al...

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National Register of Historic Places

Posted on June 25, 2016 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

In response to a recent question at one of our book signings. We were asked, if the asylum is on the national historic register how can it be torn down? The answer is...so long as the property, or the property owners, are not receiving any federal aid, they can pretty much do what ever they want with the property. The registry mostly makes note of the historical significance of the "place".

Keep those questions coming!!


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