Hearing about Naomi Judd's passing due to her mental illness might be a wake-up call for some; however, there will still be others resistant to seeking treatment. I know several people who are either friends of mine or acquaintances...
Mark Andrew, a self-taught musician, a man I have known for seven years, is one of those people who can make everyone he meets feel at ease. He is always there to help his friends in need, even if...
Now that I am sixty-three, I have thoughts based on long ago memories. Some are disturbing, some are wonderful, and some are plain hilarious. Not long ago, my sister, who lives in Chattanooga near me, stopped by for a...
Do you remember when you were a child, and someone made fun of you or called you a name?Do you remember how hurt you were and how you ran home and cried?Now that you are an adult,...
When I was first introduced to Peter, he wasn’t interested in receiving help from others let alone me, a stranger. His daughter was surprised he let me through the front door for my first shift. Peter was comfortable in...
Photo by Cody Board on UnsplashI'm 74, and, fortunately, in good health.  But about the time Covid-19 swept the world in early 2020 I was diagnosed with bladder cancer (still don't know how I got it, but see nextavenue.org for the complete...
Photo by alevision.co on UnsplashI recently had a birthday and am nearly a quarter century "old."   I share my age with at least 60 million boomers, assuming that all those of my generation who once thought they'd "live forever"...
Photo by Ioana Radescu on UnsplashHumans are uniquely acquisitive.  We fill our homes, our garages and our closets to the brim.  And the older we get, the more we accumulate, lose track of and push into storage rather than...
Photo by Mark Paton on UnsplashTechnology has brought us some amazing sensory-enhancing devices--everything from eyesight improving lenses (centuries old) to portable phones that let us communicate (and hear) people from thousands of miles away. (Think iphones). Wonders never cease.Besides nearsigtedness (myopia)--I'm 73--the one...
As a former mental health and substance abuse therapist, it was easy to see that many of my clients were using or used some form of illegal or controlled substances or alcohol to hide from unwanted memories. Crack cocaine...