Tag: suicide

99 New: Slow Learner

I give you this boot. It’s a beautiful boot, especially after I shined it this afternoon, but it’s still a boot. The boot is here because I can’t sort out what I think about watching Anthony Bourdain on TV. He is the famous chef…

99 New: Fooled Us

In the last episodes, you can see it coming but only if you know how it turned out with Anthony Bourdain ending his unique, envied life by himself in a hotel room while the rest of the world thought he was on top of…

Deep Space

The world doesn’t need me to weigh in on suicide. But I will, if only to sort out my own thinking. I’ve been depressed but not clinically. I’ve never wanted to end my life. I cannot fathom feeling that suicide is the best option….

Late Lessons

I think you have to be careful about how bad you feel for someone else because it puts a burden on them that you probably don’t intend. I realized this long after I’d listened to a friend tell me about her daughter’s suicide. At…

Book Mark

When my friends’ son died by suicide, I bought them a book. I can remember standing in a bookstore near the San Diego harbor, pulling book after book off the shelf, looking for just the right one that would speak to my friends’ terrible…

More on Suicide: No One is to Blame

Originally posted on Red's Wrap:
Suicide is different. If my husband died by suicide next week, people would wonder why I didn’t see it coming. They’d puzzle over why I hadn’t known that he was depressed and gotten him to a doctor. They’d…

The Limits of Our Experience: Understanding Depression and Suicide

Originally posted on Red's Wrap:
A few days ago, some people had a suicide story. Now, everyone has one. If you never knew anyone who died by suicide, not a single friend or relative, someone at work, down the block, you knew Robin Williams.…

Don’t Play on the Catapult

One thing I can tell you from my brief experience writing about catapults is that there are no decent pictures of catapults that truly depict the risk involved in messing around with one. The phrase “don’t play on the catapult” has been playing in…

Moon in a Pink Sky

The woman in the movie last night reminded me of the person I often wish I was – tall and lean, athletic and calm, beautiful in an untended, unnoticed way. She appeared to be completely at home in her own body even though it…

More on Suicide: No One is to Blame

Suicide is different. If my husband died by suicide next week, people would wonder why I didn’t see it coming. They’d puzzle over why I hadn’t known that he was depressed and gotten him to a doctor. They’d question why I’d left him alone,…

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