I was born without lower legs and a hand with missing fingers that we called "the claw." Leslie was born with an underdeveloped upper body. Her shoulders and arms are thin as reeds, and she has no hands.
Depression is complicated. As a non-expert, I can only say what I know from my own experience. Depression can also be much more subtle. It can be tricky. Because you could look awfully normal and functional and funny and smiley even. But you are still, at your core, experiencing life differently than the non-affected person.
If you haven't walked in my shoes, please don't revert to the mentality that says just a little elbow grease or mind over matter will solve all our problems.
Personally, I was deeply effected by Robin Williams passing. I grew up with him. He was a part of my childhood and adult life. I, like may others, will really miss his spirit and his talent. He made me laugh and helped me realize the power of comedy and laughter in my personal and professional life. I truly believe that "Laughter is the best medicine." And our world just lost some really good medicine.
After thirteen years of war, after all the violence, all the theft, all the lies, are we so naïve and so closeted to be surprised at this death?
Mr. Williams was a far better actor than most of us, so his veneer was more elaborate. But all the world's a stage, and we all -- players, too. Such veneers abound. Perhaps we could keep it in mind, and give one another the benefit of prevailing doubt.
During the four months before my son turned 18, I think I saw him maybe 12 times. He would leave early in the morning and return late in the evening. When our paths did cross, his eyes were glazed over.
All the talk of community naloxone programs saving lives from drug overdose might leave people in states with no such programs feeling locked out of...
In Tennessee, 26-year-old Mallory Loyola, a meth addict, recently became the first person arrested under a new state law that classifies taking illegal drugs while pregnant as an assault. Instead of recovering from childbirth and receiving proper medical care, Loyola was hauled off to jail.
Ever since that day almost eight years ago, I have sought to come from this centered "I" -- with honesty, quiet bravery and ever-growing self-love. As I have learned to come from this source of me flowing always towards myself, I no longer judge me, I no longer see myself as "other."
It's time for governments, cancer organizations, and the cancer industry to devote their resources primarily to immunotherapy and give it urgent priority.
As we put my father into the ground, something deep inside of me exploded and changed me in ways that I still don't understand. You will never have to worry about me ever again, I thought to my father. You will never have to worry about me again.
Sometimes we need to be cheered on. Other times we need tissues. And yet other moments call for something from our figurative toolbox. Right, parents? Let me help you in every possible way by letting you know that your teens too need these three magic responses from you.
I had a great epiphany on the train last week which was that I'm beginning to see hacking not merely as cracking codes, or as Richard Stallman says "playful cleverness", but as man's will to deconstruct things in order to rebuild them into something better.
Whenever someone tells you that the modern economy makes people miserable and that people felt just as happy generations ago, ask the following questi...
This is part one of my three-day diary on filming my currently untitled history of hacking documentary at the Hackers On Planet Earth X (HOPE X) Convention hosted by the legendary 2600 Hacker Quarterly.