Kate Spade Would Be Alive if We Took Care of Our Minds the Way We Take Care of Our Hearts

How the culture of silence around suicide and mental health is killing us I don’t recall where I came across a portrait of Kate Spade yesterday morning. There was no headline or descriptor but I had a feeling that she had killed herself. There’s something about the photos selected for news articles about famous people […]

Brain chemicals bounce around.

Every now and then, I go thru a —what I call— creative blitz. I think it’s part of what we call “mental illness,” depression, anxiety. Creating is survival when my brain chemicals bounce around, as they do on-the-reg. Creating is survival for me and many others. For some, incessant creativity is how we got through […]

To smile at people. awkwardly

It took me 8-or-so years to finish undergrad. I was in-and-out of university numerous times. Over that period, I experienced multiple: bouts of depression —if it ever really let up— a few suicide attempts counselors (one of whom fell asleep as I was talking) Um.  #YESway doctors, shrinks, medication (I couldn’t tell you what all of them […]

Buckle Up with Seattle’s Alt-Rock Band, Gypsy Temple, at The Funhouse Tonight!

I think you can’t have a conversation about powerful artistry without including one about mental health. For me and Gypsy Temple, music is an outlet for our physical, spiritual, and most critically, mental health.  — Cameron Lavi-Jones Gypsy Temple is the second fantastical teen Seattle band I’ll be hanging out with for my Teen Music […]