The Cliff: Teen Depression

The chance of a teenager having a major depressive episode over the course of a year has risen dramatically in recent years. The trend toward depression is even steeper for girls. Over the last year and a half I’ve been bringing my creative writing classes for...

What a Pleasure

Pleasure is our birthright. At our core, we’re innately designed to move toward pleasure – and away from pain. Pain makes us contract and shut down. Pleasure invites us to open up, reach out, and tune into our senses. This week I’ve been dipping into...
Even a Shimmer of Light

Even a Shimmer of Light

Mac is a 12th grader. He’s a student in a creative writing workshop I’m teaching at Olympic High School in Santa Monica. The students in this school have been kicked out of all the other high schools. Olympic is the last stop on the line. I was a little...

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