Advice from Captain Awkward

Advice from Captain Awkward

A question posed to Captain Awkward the other day sounded very familiar: Dear Captain Awkward, One year ago my father passed away. It was a several year battle against cancer that he eventually lost, and I still miss him deeply. My mother has struggled in the...
Life on the edge

Life on the edge

I have no professional qualifications. I’m sharing what I wish someone had told me. Your friend is cutting herself and maybe doing some other self destructive things. 1. Don’t freak out. It’s a big deal and it’s not a big deal. It’s...
Cut the crap

Cut the crap

I used to joke that each bit of dignity I lost got me that much closer to freedom. One day I’d shit my pants in public — then I’d be truly free. Crude, sure, but it’s nice to know that each time something happens that is so embarrassing surely...
Grandma’s ghosts

Grandma’s ghosts

My grandmother made it to 100 before ever calling 911. But one night she could hear someone trying to break into her house. From the balcony she could see a man trying to break the window lock. The police car scared him off. Surprisingly for a neighborhood with only a...