• Poetry

    Wish Tree for Washington, DC

    Every summer, Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree for Washington, DC (2007) opens to the public at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Visitors are invited to write their wishes on paper tags and tie them to the branches of the Wish Tree. This year, the Wish Tree has gone virtual, allowing the global community to post their wishes to Instagram using #WishTreeDC.

  • Mental Illness

    What Do You Do When Dreams Fall Apart?

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned on this journey with depression, it’s that light doesn’t always expel the darkness. Sometimes, it only brightens the path enough to allow you to take the next step. Dusty Marie Seven years ago, I found myself sitting on the floor of my bedroom, pouring my heart out to a stranger over the phone. She was a life coach, newly certified and looking to be of service wherever she was needed. We had connected through a Facebook group dedicated to helping people pursue their dreams. I had posted about my battle with depression, and she had responded with an offer for a free session. During…

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  • Mental Illness

    Too Much and Never Quite Enough

    It is a constant war, one that will likely never be fully won, but you learn to embrace the idea that not every battle is a life or death situation. Dusty Marie I am always amazed at how quickly the pendulum can swing from “too much” to “not enough.” For me, it’s not a day-to-day battle; it’s literally minute-to-minute. When anxiety and depression take hold, I either feel every emotion rush to the surface, or I feel nothing. I either can’t force myself out of bed, or I suffer from insomnia. Time in the middle, balanced and neutral, is glorious and rare. “Too much,” for me, looks like the little…

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