Tag: Depression

Point A to Point B: How I Published a Book While Recovering from My PhD

I defended my dissertation in October 2015. At the time, I was so burned out I didn’t think I’d ever write again—academically or otherwise. It’s now a scant two years later and I’m holding in my hands a hard copy of my first book, published the old-fashioned way with a press and everything, on a…
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Tracking Time, Day 1: Lessons in Life, Mortality, Stress, and Faith

For me, time-management has always been much more of an existential ordeal than is suggested by the neat and tidy to-do lists I’m fond of making. In fact, I have a whole other blog that is solely devoted to the theology of time. There, I plumb the spiritual and historical depths of what living in…
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What Writing and Working are Teaching Me: A Lenten Reflection

Things have been a bit sparse around here, mostly because I’m in the midst of finishing my book manuscript. In the absence of posts on The Writer’s Loom, I’ll direct you to a recent reflection I wrote on the act of finishing a book. For me, this is always a grueling process that seems to…
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Announcing my book: Time and Despondency!

Guess what? I’m writing a book! It’s about despondency, a sickness of the mind and the soul that ancient theologians termed akedia (acedia), which literally means “carelessness.” In despondency, our souls grow slack and we lose the ability to care and put a meaningful effort forth, particularly in the spiritual life. Although much has been written about this…
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The Simple Faith of Finishing: When Writers Get Stuck

I recently wrote an essay for Ancient Faith blog about the difficult task of finishing a writing project, not to mention all the emotional baggage that can conjure up… For openers like me, finishing a piece of writing requires even more faith than beginning it. To finish something is to send it out into the world, where you…
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Better Mornings than Before

Monday marked the start of an intentional plan to revamp my morning routine. It all started when a friend and I started reading through Gretchen Rubin’s Better than Before, a perceptive exploration of the art of changing and mastering habits. What sets Rubin’s book apart from other works I’ve read on the topic is she…
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