July 2012

Stoned and Panicked on the Interstate

by Bill Brenner July 31, 2012 Fear and anxiety

The memory was buried until yesterday, and frankly I’d have been happy had it stayed buried. Funny thing about suppressed memories — they spill out during the damndest moments, like a drive down I-95 in Maine. We were returning from a family camping trip near Old Orchard Beach yesterday, and as I drove the camper south, my stare caught the north-bound lanes. Sometime in the summer of 1991, Sean Marley, a couple others and I sped…  [Read More]

Screw You, Las Vegas — And Thanks To Good Friends

by Bill Brenner July 30, 2012 Uncategorized

The author travels to Las Vegas on business, his addictive personality is put to the test and some good friends carry him through it mostly unscathed. Mood music: [spotify:track:4xaEeuXlXyc3lzYoLYEsAV] As locations go, Las Vegas is the absolute worst for a guy like me. I have a binge-eating disorder and the place is one massive buffet, which is like laying piles of coke and heroin on the table and inviting me to dig in nose-first. I…  [Read More]

I’m Back, Biatches

by Bill Brenner July 27, 2012 Uncategorized

I’m back from Las Vegas and have stories to tell. But first, a reunion with the family at Old Orchard Beach in Maine. Until Monday…

Headed To The Land Of Sin. Be Back Soon

by Bill Brenner July 23, 2012 Uncategorized

Upon telling a friend yesterday that I was headed to “the land of sin” for a security conference, he said, “Oh, so it’s in Lynn, then?”  It’s actually Las Vegas I was referring to, and I’m on my way. I’ll be doing a ton of writing for the security site I work for and I want to stay focused. So for the next few days, I’m taking a break from blogging here. I’ll still run…  [Read More]

Playing Politics with the Colorado Massacre Doesn’t Help

by Bill Brenner July 21, 2012 Political discourse

It’s inevitable. It happens every time we see something horrible like yesterday’s movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo. People take the tragedy and twist it to fit their political tirades. Mood music: [spotify:track:2YWneK5JPbsfYuFMFgEon7] Some people ranted on Facebook that the killer was a registered Democrat and an Obama supporter. Others posted about how right-wingers caused this by suggesting liberals were behind naming the villain in the new Batman movie Bane, to remind moviegoers of all…  [Read More]

New Section: Resources for Readers

by Bill Brenner July 20, 2012 Children's issues

Today we launch a new section with links to resources specializing in mental health issues, including children’s issues, faith, eating and relationships. We’ll be building the section over time, adding new topics as we go. Today, we’re starting with resources for parents and children dealing with mental health issues. Check out the new section here. Since this blog was launched in December 2009, the full focus has been on the author’s personal experiences with mental…  [Read More]

Prayers for Those Killed During “Dark Night Rises” Premier

by Bill Brenner July 20, 2012 Grief management

I awoke to a terrible story breaking in Colorado: at least 12 people killed and 50 wounded when some sick soul opened fire on them during an early Friday morning screening of the new Batman movie at an Aurora, Colo. movie theater. News reports are coming in quickly with new details, but I wanted to take a moment and express my condolences to family and friends of the victims. I’ll pray for them, and I hope…  [Read More]

Nine Things to Consider When Life Starts to Suck

by Bill Brenner July 19, 2012 Depression

On my worst days, when depression takes over and common sense goes out the window, I try to remember the following to put my life back into perspective. I’ve had my share of bad health, but family and friends have always helped me through. Some friends and family dealing with cancer right now know what I’m talking about. I hate the snow, cold and darkness of winter. But winter always gives way to spring and…  [Read More]

Impostor Syndrome

by Bill Brenner July 18, 2012 Fear and anxiety

A friend of mine, announcing on Twitter that he had landed a new, prestigious position, noted that he was feeling a bit of “Impostor Syndrome,” the fear that someday people will discover you’re really not as smart and talented as they currently think you are. It’s a feeling I’m very familiar with. Mood music: I’ve had a lot of good luck in my career. I’ve survived the rough patches, such as when I was floundering…  [Read More]

Lessons From Facebook Unfriend Finder

by Bill Brenner July 17, 2012 Communication skills for the crazy

I recently re-activated the Facebook Unfriend Finder that I wrote about last winter, after discovering my wife was using a similar plug-in. Given my past paranoia over why certain people unfriended me, she thought it was a bad idea for me to use it. But I figured if she could use it, so could I. A few weeks in, here’s what I’ve learned. When your friend count goes down, it’s usually not because you offended…  [Read More]