I’ve very pleased that Kate McFarland agreed to be interviewed by me at The New Floridian about anti-careerism. Give it a look!
I hope you are staying warm as the weather gets cooler. We have a new issue up at The New Floridian that you may want to check out. This month, we welcome a new vlogger, Nicolas Michaud. Check out The New Floridian to get a sneak peek by watching the TED Talk he gave.
I get spam phone calls/ from every place we traveled together. Colorado, New York, North Carolina. And I wonder/ If it’s really just you spamming me all over again.
Long time readers may wonder about my sudden shift to writing about Christianity. I’ve converted. You may wonder why. So, I’ll tell you. About six months ago, I had a psychotic break. It was severe and there are possibly some readers here who witnessed parts of it. One evening during my psychosis, which lasts usually … Read moreCall Me C.S. Lewis: An Unlikely Convert
Check out my new post at The New Floridian.
That was my first reaction to the spiritual gift of prophecy. Oh, crap. It wasn’t like I asked for it. It’s just that as I encountered the Bible, things appeared to me. I had visions. I had dreams. I had revelations. But, to make matters worse, I also have a history of living with schizophrenia. … Read moreOh, Crap. I’m a Prophet.
Many people would like a sign from God—to prove His existence, to answer a prayer. I have found that hearing God is not about looking for a burning bush. It’s not that God cannot give you a burning bush, it’s that oftentimes hearing Him depends on developing a relationship and a sort of sensitivity to … Read moreA Burning Bush
Only God would endow a person living with schizophrenia the spiritual gift of prophecy. God would expect you to suspend your disbelief and believe me when I say I have recently had divine encounters. In my new (small) book, I try my best to write them down for you, as they are relevant to people, … Read moreGod is Not Conservative (or Liberal)
Pretend for a moment that The Fall really took place the way it is described in the Bible. It goes back to something like opening Pandora’s Box, which unleashed all the evils into the world. What was left in the Box was only hope. The Bible tells us the punishment from eating from the tree … Read moreMore Reflections on The Fall
I was reading the Creation Story and The Fall in the Bible this morning. A few things came to mind: -The tree of knowledge of good and evil is not itself bad. Everything God created was good. What was bad was disobedience to God. -As punishment, God makes men rulers over women. This suggests equality … Read moreA Fallen State: The Patriarchy
I’m reading the book Boundaries. It’s really a wonderful book. I’ve learned through that book that God has certain spiritual laws in place in addition to laws of nature. I seek to discover each. Let’s take a look a climate change. Many unschooled Christians think super storms, like the hurricane we experienced in Florida this … Read moreClimate Change: God’s Law of Consequences
My undergraduate alma mater, Stetson University, was named among the best 382 colleges! Check it out!
A friend and I are launching a monthly Florida based online magazine in August. It’s called The New Floridian. Get a sneak peek at what’s in store here. To keep updated, check us out every month, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Last week, I was in therapy and the topic of more daily tasks for me to do came up. After reviewing my past year, I think I’ve remained pretty busy! For example, in the past year, I was: -Involved with NoDAPL and received a letter from President Obama on the matter. -In regards to NoDAPL, … Read moreReview of the Past Year
Meet Issac! He’s the cutie pie my mom and stepdad adopted in Africa. They are providing funds to support him. And you can help! Donate at my GoFundMe page to help give Issac food, medical care, a loving, supportive home and more!
I am raising money so people in my church, such as my mom, can go to Kenya, Africa on a mission trip. All the money goes to Cross Creek Community Church. If you are interested in donating, please go here.
Check out my new blog entry over at Ghost Parachute.
Check out my new blog entry at Ghost Parachute!
I lost ten pounds in about a month. Here’s the results.
Like most of my books, my books on meta-ethics are in storage. But was very interested in meta-ethics. In fact, the first iteration of my MA thesis was on meta-ethics. I was thinking about the foundations of morality today. I can’t say I have any answers–for all the searching I’ve done. But my thesis was … Read moreMoral Skepticism and the Foundations of Morality
I have been thinking about emotions lately. Specifically, whether and what they tell us. Emotions have been given a bad rap among some, but I have come to the conclusion that they are tied to the beliefs we have. I have said previously that I don’t experience anger. And I don’t. So I don’t know … Read moreEmotions
Anyone who knows me knows I was sort of obsessed with Kierkegaard as an undergraduate. And, after undergrad, I took a year off to study both Kierkegaard and skepticism. I don’t really do philosophy anymore, but Kierkegaard came to mind today. One of his seminal works is Fear and Trembling. I’m not a Kierkegaard expert, … Read moreKierkegaard
A while ago–maybe two years now–we and our neighbors collaborated on an herb garden at our house. It’s a nice little place to sit and relax. There’s several herbs there and a bench. Our neighbor (and us) thought it would be nice to make it a community space. Here you can see our potted herb … Read moreOur Herb Garden
As someone who studied ethics, I was interested in, of course, good and evil. Most people think of ethics as focusing only on good, but that’s not true. The fact is, evil perplexes me. I tried to study it as much as I could. I don’t think I studied as much as some other people … Read moreOn Evil
The other day, I was with a friend at a coffee shop. I told her, “I’m a spinster.” She said, “That’s not a feminist word.” I said flatly, “I’m reclaiming it.” The fact is, I have never been married and I don’t know if it will happen for me. A couple of people recently proposed … Read moreReclaiming ‘Spinster’
A while back, I read Brian Wilson’s new memoir, I Am Brian Wilson. I also watched the newest film based on his life, Love and Mercy. The film could have been better, I thought. It’s difficult to depict mental illness in film. It’s very hard to show what struggling with mental illness is like. But … Read moreLove and Mercy
The other day, I was with a friend who said I inspired him/her to go to counseling. This person seems well-adjusted and doesn’t have any mental illness that we know of. But it’s my opinion that everyone should get counseling just as everyone should go to the doctor. Mental health is often treated differently than … Read moreCounseling is for Everyone
I stopped wearing makeup about a year ago now. It’s been interesting. Before, I would never leave the house without being completely made up. Now, I leave the house however I feel like. This has been such a relief. I think when I wore makeup, I had lower self-esteem. I may look less pretty than … Read moreA Year Without Makeup
I’ve always been a quiet person. Sometimes, I’ve been chastised for this from people seeking more “personality.” But I’m actually pretty comfortable with myself. Very comfortable, actually. I’m a content person most of the time and I don’t have wild emotions. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced anger. Truly. I don’t know what it’s like … Read more“Still Waters Run Deep”
In case you haven’t noticed, I live openly with schizophrenia. I came out publicly to all my friends and everyone in my life over a year ago. I was welcomed warmly. I thought I would lose friends, but I didn’t. That just goes to show what great friends I have. It’s always difficult meeting new … Read moreLiving Openly with Schizophrenia
Phew. I went and had coffee with my friend. It took a lot out of me. I’m an introvert, for one thing. For another, I’m ill.* I’m used to spending time with just a few people and other introverts. But it was nice. We already made plans to do a lot of things together. Fortunately, … Read moreCoffee Redux
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I admit it. I’ve become somewhat of a hermit. This past year was rough for me in several ways and I stayed in a lot. This year, I’ve decided one of my goals is to get out more. I’ve made several new friends and I want to do things with them. But it’s difficult on … Read moreSocialization on a Budget
I live with my family in a house on a lake. The back yard is mostly wetlands, and we were told last year (2016) that the lake and wetlands are now a protected environment. Living in a rustic-type atmosphere is good for me. According to studies, people are more likely to develop psychotic symptoms in … Read moreNature Photography
I had a good New Year’s Eve. But on New Year’s Day, it’s time to spend time with my family. We have a tradition. Maybe you do, too. We always eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck. Here’s hoping 2017 is full of great things for us all.
I hope you and yours have a safe and happy New Year.
I read a lot this year. Probably too much. I also wrote a lot. Writing is therapeutic for me. One quote I came across this year sums up my position this year–and probably for years to come. It’s from Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Emile: I am not a great philosopher, and I care little to be one. … Read moreQuote of the Year
This morning, I went and got my final shot of Abilify for the year. They always switch between arms. First, the left arm. Then, the right. Today, it was the right arm. I used to not like getting shots, but I have grown accustomed to it with Abilify. And, anyway, like I told my nurse … Read moreLast Shot of Abilify for the Year
To celebrate one year of being out of the hospital–and the new year–I got myself a new dress. It may be hard to tell the texture and shine on this dress in the video, but it’s really a pretty dress.
I’ve been on the internet for several years, but have only had my own real estate for a couple of years now. I have brothers in the tech industry. They have helped me with my site. I enjoy having a blog, and I must say that I’m surprised by how many people show up. Thank … Read moreAn End of the Year Thank You
It shouldn’t have surprised my parents that I grew up to be somewhat of an academic. After all, I grew up in a household where both my parents were always reading, learning, and encouraging us kids to do the same. My dad was very bright. So is my mom. These days, I am surrounded by … Read moreBooks, Books, Books
Today, I have been thinking about my dad. He died 10 years ago; in 2006. My dad was an interesting man. One time, he wrote the story of his life for me. It was an interesting life. My dad was like a Navy Seal. But that was back before there was such a thing as … Read moreYellow Rose of Texas
For many, 2016 was a bad year. In fact, it’s become an internet meme that 2016 was so bad. For me, at least one good thing happened: I managed to stay out of the hospital for the whole, entire year. That is a feat. I’ve been taking Abilify, and while it has some side effects, … Read moreReflecting on 2016
Christmas is over. Now I’m getting ready for New Year’s. I’m not exactly sure what I will be doing for New Year’s Eve, but I hope to bring in the New Year well. I hope you do, too.
Happy Holidays from me to you.
Great article at the Atlantic.
I took a job-related assessment recently. You may be interested in my results. Go here to view them.
I wrote a blog post for the literary magazine Ghost Parachute. Check it out!