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Thanks, Jenny

Have you met Jenny Lawson?

I can’t remember how I stumbled onto her work – how do you go anywhere linear on the internet? She’s the one who wrote about Beyonce the metal chicken, and if you haven’t read that, you must.  She also introduced my family to Honey Badger, and my son to some words he hadn’t heard at home yet. It was worth it. flame_mensatic_morguefile

She’s The Bloggess.

She’s the woman who sent a red dress across the continent to celebrate women feeling good about themselves.  In The Beauty of Different, she tells  Karen Walrond that “I began to realize that the parts of me that are broken can help other people too.

And they do.

She writes about her struggles with anxiety, depression and other mental health stuff that paralyzes her-  what kindness! She is brave to share her hell with people online, and we’re all the better for it. Depression is something this society doesn’t talk about enough, and people are suffering for it. Kids are suffering, adults are suffering. Sometimes the depression is hormonal (in perimenopause, for example); sometimes it’s situational, and sometimes it feels like it can’t be explained. Whether you’re struggling with your own demons or supporting someone who is, many of us are never far from anguish.

Read  1000 Ferris Wheels – you won’t be disappointed.  You won’t be disappointed and you won’t be alone, because Jenny and her readers are many, many generous souls.


Janet  |  @janet_madsen

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