May 2012

Maybe It’s Time for a New Therapist

by Bill Brenner May 31, 2012 Mental health

Lately I hate going to my therapy appointments. I dread getting in the car to go, and once I leave his office my head goes from slight ache to migraine in the course of an hour. It’s not the therapist’s fault as much as it’s a change brewing within me. Mood music: [spotify:track:7rvD6aTf1Aa2OMwzAQbQwO] I’ve written about my therapist before. He’s taught me a lot about how the brain works, what happens when a mental disorder…  [Read More]

When Fakes Go for the Kill

by Bill Brenner May 30, 2012 Communication skills for the crazy

We do a lot of stupid things to gain acceptance among others. Many of those things go back to being a fake. Some of you have been guilty at some point. So have I. The question is if anything good can come from our shenanigans. Mood music: [spotify:track:3prDBxwP2kuDQQ94tApMl2] I’ll start with myself. Someone who means the world to me recently suggested that I’m the star-struck type. I love making friends with musicians, especially when I’m…  [Read More]

Why Reports of WFNX’s Death Are Premature

by Bill Brenner May 29, 2012 Music therapy

During this blog’s hiatus a terrible thing happened: Boston’s Phoenix Media/Communications Group sold WFNX 101.7 FM to Clear Channel Communications, essentially killing another bastion of Boston rock. Mood music: [spotify:track:2SUqPdYx8dh1s1yjqeGszW] It saddened me on many levels. Through Facebook I’m connected with some of the DJs, and I’ve enjoyed their posts, but I could see and feel their pain on that social networking site after the sale was announced. I was also reminded of how WFNX was…  [Read More]

How I Spent My Writing Blackout

by Bill Brenner May 25, 2012 Adventures in writing

While prepping this new site, I decided to take a break from writing fresh posts. I didn’t want to live between two sites. Doing this and writing a security blog in my day job can be confusing enough. During this break, I’ve learned some important things about myself. Mood music: [spotify:track:4VMAmxsxncyRhZGsT1IQep] Breaking wasn’t easy for me. Daily writing has been a vital tool for me for a long time now, and while I continued to…  [Read More]

Welcome to the New OCD DIARIES!

by Bill Brenner May 25, 2012 Adventures in writing

After many hours spent re-categorizing 900-plus posts, buying a new domain and building a new blog from scratch on — plus a few spousal disagreements along the way —  I give you the new OCD DIARIES. Mood music: [spotify:track:7zKPPqSGLAfc8nfuCmg4PF] What’s new besides the new banner, design and background color, you ask? Quite a bit: A broader theme that captures our ongoing struggles between darkness and light. I started this adventure a couple years ago to focus…  [Read More]

Fatherhood Saved Ozzy, Eddie & Me

by Bill Brenner May 4, 2012 Addiction

Yesterday I watched the “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” documentary, which focused heavily on how his addictions maimed him and his family over four decades. Though my addictive behavior pales by comparison, it still struck a chord. Mood music: [spotify:track:6xb9RiyqpDXWF4wUYPDwI2] What hit me deepest is how Ozzy finally decided to get real sobriety after his son Jack had kicked drugs and alcohol. It took his son to show him the light. There’s a similar plot in…  [Read More]

For A Girl Recently Diagnosed With Crohn’s Disease

by Bill Brenner May 3, 2012 Children's issues

The daughter of close friends just found out she has Crohn’s Disease. She’s suffering a lot right now, and I know exactly what she’s going through. This post is for her. Mood music: [spotify:track:3l4L10OL1gbfypzTwjvINb] Hello, my young friend. I’m sorry that you’re hurting so much right now. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when I was around your age, and spent many weeks in the hospital between ages 8-16. It stinks. But if there’s one…  [Read More]

‘Fixing OCD’ Article Is Badly Misleading

by Bill Brenner May 2, 2012 Adventures in writing

An article in The Atlantic called “5 Very Specific Ways to Fix Your OCD” blows it from the start — in the headline. OCD sufferers know damn well that you can’t fix OCD. You can only learn to manage it and make it less of a disrupting force in your life. Mood music: [spotify:track:74gJqWYjsfTyG4tSjhkoh7] Knowing that as I do, I’m dissapointed that the writer would give OCD sufferers false hope, followed by five pieces of advice…  [Read More]

Me and My Dysfunctional Twitter Family

by Bill Brenner May 1, 2012 Communication skills for the crazy

It feels like Twitter has been with us forever. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s still a relatively new toy we’re learning to use.  I see it as my second dysfunctional family. Mood music: [spotify:track:2eedJzR1h4Nxk7pGhhoJlb] My Twitter house has 3,262 people crammed into it; many from the information security profession. Some of the smartest people I know sit around the kitchen table every day, bantering without ever getting tired. As it is with…  [Read More]