A nurse on the ward urged meto take home this ceramic spoonrestshaped like a fish;she says I made itin arts and crafts. Home now, I hovernear the microwaveor tend to garlic sputtering in oil,and consider the molded shape,the clashing hues of salmonand mauve that somehow matchour kitchen. Rinsing it cleanafter dinner, I squeak fingersacross theContinue reading REFLECTION – ECT SOUVENIR

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Young Adult Personal Stories Series

Shannon’s Story I’m thirty-three years old, a special education teacher, behavioral therapist, softball coach, volleyball coach, tennis player, and lover of poetry and rap and hip-hop. I live with comorbid, generalized anxiety disorder, depression, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Here is a summary of my life before I go into greater detail. I attended Columbia CentralContinue reading Young Adult Personal Stories Series

The Shame of Recovery

DECEMBER 2018 BY CHRISTI BURKETT It was 6:30 a.m. on the last day of summer. I woke up and couldn’t fall back asleep, so I made some coffee. I’ve gotten into the habit of a brief meditation before drinking my coffee. After meditating, I held my hot mug of coffee between both hands, porch doorContinue reading The Shame of Recovery