Are You Stuck? – The Cloud of Depression Isn’t Just Black and Stormy

February 15, 2017

Depression does not always reveal itself in the clichéd, ‘doom and gloom’ cloud that follows you around, accompanied by a sad soundtrack featuring a mix of The Smiths, Joni Mitchell, and early Bruce Springsteen. Depression can be an unconscious malaise that slowly takes over your mood about everything. This dynamic is something that I’ve come to better understand …


Don’t worry about me. I’m okay.

January 26, 2017

I was born in Boston City Hospital, the first son of an Irish-Catholic family. I’ve lived here for over 40 years. I spent the first part of my childhood on the South Shore. When I was nine my family moved to a town north of Boston; it was at the same time when Clemens came up from Pawtucket. Throughout …


We’re Strong, But Not Infallible

November 17, 2016

Here in Massachusetts we pride ourselves on our toughness. We’re Boston Strong. We run marathons for fun. When there’s nine feet of snow surrounding our house we tunnel out of it. That very attitude is what makes us so unique, but it doesn’t mean we’re infallible. We’re all prone to bad days, feelings of stress, and even depression …


Recognizing and Responding to a Friend Who May Be Suicidal

September 15, 2016

This week you’ve probably talked to your friends about the Red Sox being ahead in their race to the playoffs and how the Patriots can still win without Tom Brady. But what if a friend needs you to talk about something more? If you are concerned about a friend and notice they are struggling, would you say something? …


Three Reasons you Need to take a Hike this Summer

August 4, 2016

There is something about being out among the grass and trees that feels good for our hearts and souls. People have known this for generations. There is even a name for it in Japanese culture where a walk in the woods is called “Shinrin-Roku,” which translates to “forest bathing,” and is believed to be a sort of therapy. …


PTSD: An Invisible Wound of War

June 28, 2016

Not only do veterans have to spend months at work in an environment that requires a heightened sense of danger and risk away from the comforts of home, family, and friends, but then they return home to family members who have changed, grown, developed new interests and habits while they were gone. The stress of this environmental shift …