Book arts!

I got my supplies for my book arts class today and I’m excited.  So far for class we’ve explored a little bookmaking, and looked at some ancient books from the BSU special collections, and explored papermaking from a great papermaker out in Mountain Home.  Everything has been interesting and informative, but I have to say … Read more

The 3 Aspects of Fighting Depression

I had a good talk with my counselor last week.  We were talking about fighting depression and how you need to maintain a balanced battle against its evil.  It’s a balancing act, but with diligence and hard work, you can really make progress against depression. First, there’s the physical battle.  Medication, sleep, exercise, diet.  This … Read more

What if — ?

School starts next week.  I’m nervous.  The ‘what if — ?’ scenarios keep going through my head.  What if I’m not good at this?  What if the professor doesn’t like me?  What if I can’t pull myself out of this funk and get some work done?  It’s pretty intimidating if I let myself think about … Read more


I’m sitting here listening to music and, until a moment ago, playing solitaire.  Meanwhile, I have a messy house, 20 lbs of cherries needing canning, barbershop music to practice, and half a dozen other things I need to be doing.  I think that one of the things I struggle with is finding motivation to get … Read more


Well here I am again.  Didja miss me? School is out for the summer.  This is both a good and bad thing.  It really stresses me out, even though I got all A’s this semester (yay!), but I need that focus, that drive.  It really worries me since I’ve been home the last week (I … Read more

From the Darkness

1st essay from Non-fiction writing                 The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.  – Henry David Thoreau, Walden                 According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the preeminent authority on psychiatric diagnoses, major depressive disorder is characterized by the following symptoms: either a depressed mood or a loss of interest … Read more