Sara Benincasa’s struggle with panic disorder began with childhood anxiety attacks and intensified until, at the age of 21, she developed full-on agoraphobia. Her fears were so severe she was afraid to leave her own bedroom. She sank into suicidal depression. Garbage piled up against the wall as her appetite for food—and life—slipped away. Finally, one day two college friends contacted Sara’s family out of fear for her safety and state of mind. Here is an excerpt detailing when Sara’s parents have first been notified that their daughter was dealing with some very real problems.
“Hello?” I said hoarsely.
“Hi, Ra-Ra!” chirped one voice.
“Hey, Ra!” boomed another.
It was my parents. Keep reading »
Not in the mood for Valentine’s Day? Well, get romantically inspired this February with some of the most famous love stories in history. It doesn’t matter if you’re single or coupled up, no one can resist a juicy story of passion, glamour, and tragedy — especially if it’s true! So here are some of the books we recommend you dive into to learn more about history’s most fascinating love stories. Read more…
The best part of Valentine’s Day when I was a kid was getting all those themed Valentine’s from my classmates. That, and going buck wild with all that candy. OK, so now I know better than to pour an entire carton Sweet Tarts down my throat. But I am still into the cards. I would be honored to receive one of these “Golden Girls” cards to say thank you for being a friend … or more than that. Click through to see my favorite themed V-Day cards this season. My homemade mailbox is sitting on my desk. And it’s still empty. Hint, hint.
Not only is February the most barren time of year for decent movies, but it’s when the studios pull out their big guns and aim for our hearts like Cupid with a bazooka and dollar signs in his little cherub eyes. There’s always room for guilty popcorn and Twizzler pleasures, but if you’re craving something a little more complex — Truffles with sea salt! Dutch liquors that taste of delicate cakes and roses! A Bea Arthur from Big Gay Ice Cream! — I’ve got some treats for you.
The adorably talented kids from Brooklyn’s PS22 Chorus have done it again! This time, they’re taking on Rihanna’s hot track “We Found Love” — one of my favorites! — giving the song a uniquely innocent and hopeful flair. Loves it.