Metal

Human Tourniquets And Freaks Who Love Them

March 29, 2013 Communication skills for the crazy

I originally wrote this three years ago. Looking at it again, it’s an important post describing a time when not even best friends were safe from my insanity. I’ve updated it for the present.  Mood music:  TourniquetMarilyn MansonAntichrist Superstar You know the type. They hang  out with people who act more like abusive spouses than […]

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MomDay Monday – School Daze

April 22, 2010 Children's issues

Every school has its issues. Issues with teachers. Issues with other parents. Miscommunication. Problems with other students. Every school. There’s no getting around it. We’re all human. We all have failings. And a school is, after all, made up of us imperfect humans. But at what point does a school have so many issues it […]

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Clean Living Things You Can Do: Part 1

April 18, 2010 Addiction

Former Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Slash spent much of his early career drunk and stoned. He has since cleaned up, and his stunning new album is proof. This post is for those who want to hear the new Slash album. If you’re not interested, come back later. Slash just put out a most brilliant album […]

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Skeptic Slang and Charles Manson: Six Degrees of Separation

April 17, 2010 Communication skills for the crazy

Skeptic Slang and a glimpse at mental illness in the making. Mood music for this post: “My Monkey” by Marylin Manson: A note about the music: Marilyn Manson put this on his “Portrait of an American Family” album, which was recorded in the Sharon Tate murder house. The title and chorus were taken from a […]

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Bad Behavior, Easily Defined

April 14, 2010 Addiction

The author turns to his musical hero for some easy-to-remember descriptions of depression and addictive behavior. Mood music for this post: “Pray for me” by Sixx A.M.: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFjz6O7ewwg&hl=en_US&fs=1&] Many times by now, I’ve mentioned that one of my inspirations for this blog is Nikki Sixx, bassist and lyricist for Motley Crue. That’s because he gave […]

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The Short, Strange History of Skeptic Slang

April 6, 2010 Mental health

The author is tells the story of his 2 years as lead singer of a little-known band called Skeptic Slang. Mood music:  Fucking Hostile – Biomechanical MixPanteraWalk EP I avoided this for as long as I could. I don’t like to admit that I used to sing in a band. For one thing, my singing […]

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5 Songs to Play When Angry

March 14, 2010 Music therapy

OK, so I’m not in the best mood this morning. Daylight-savings-time is messing with me, as are the kids. The rain that’s been pelting the windows all night disturbed my sleep, as did my getting sent to the couch for snoring too loud. None of it can really be attributed to OCD behavior. This is […]

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Addicted to Feeling Good: A Love-Hate Story

February 17, 2010 Addiction

To kick off Lent, the author reflects on some of his dumber quests to feel good. Mood music for this post: “Snake Eyes and Sissies” from Marilyn Manson: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ysi8lAX7kHM&hl=en_US&fs=1&] Every now and then, it’s useful to look back on who I used to be so I can appreciate who I am today. Today, as Lent […]

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Rest Re-defined

February 2, 2010 Fear and anxiety

The author finds that he gets the most relaxation from the things he once feared the most. Mood music  A strange thing happened to me on the way to recovery: I started finding peace and relaxation in the very things that used to fill me with fear and spark anxiety attacks. [See Fear Factor] It […]

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Rockit Records Therapy Session

January 12, 2010 Mental health

The author has mentioned Metal music as one of his most important coping tools for OCD and related disorders. Here’s a look at the year he got one of the best therapy sessions ever, simply by working in a cramped little record store. Mood music:  Big Ten Inch RecordAerosmithToys In The Attic Back when I […]

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