FAQ: “What Do You Do When You Are Depressed?”

Depression Survival Tips

As I currently navigate my way through a bout of depression, I’m thinking about this question that I get all of the time – how do I manage my home life when I’m going through it? Welp, this post is going to focus on three Care Tips that I personally use to get through the […]

I Would Ask For Your Help If You Didn’t Judge People Who Struggle Like Me

Content Notes:  Stigma, shaming, religious context, mental health I used to visit this church when I was still actively seeking a spiritual community. One day I was chatting with the pastor and he asked me what I did for a living. “I own and operate Self Care Housekeeping,” I replied, and then continued to explain […]

My Clutter Told Me That I Was Depressed

Self-Care Housekeeping Column

Content Note: Mental Health, Stigma, Cleanliness   I remember the day that I knew I needed to get help.  There were clothes, receipts, and unfiled papers covering the floor, take out containers decorating the coffee table, and me.  I was curled up on my couch in the dark. My phone had rang several times.  I […]

Mental Health Informed Housecleaning: a Q&A with Self Care Housekeeping Owner Shanon Williams

Self Care Housekeeping

We have used housecleaning services since 2006 or so, finding that having someone to do the ‘big jobs’ on a regular basis (for a fair wage) was very helpful for our relationship and lives. It was worth the financial sacrifice in our budget. We’ve worked with professional firms, under-the-table cleaners, friends, friends of friends, green […]

When The Ceiling Comes Tumbling Down

Last week started out tough. I was recovering from an asthma attack, trying to schedule carpal tunnel surgery, gearing up for the chaos of our roof being replaced and it was 89 bazillion degrees. That was Tuesday. Thursday night at 8:30 pm, I got a wake-up call about the challenges of the slow-moving state of […]

Good Legislative Stuff Happens in PA, too

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

It is hard to keep up with the good stuff, but I'm sure you want to know about it …. Anti-Discrimination HB 300 sponsored by Representative Dan Frankel SB 910 sponsored by Senator Lawrence Farnese These bills will expand the Human Relations Act to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes. […]

Update on pro-equality legislation in Pennsylvania

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

State Representive Cohen has introduced a measure that would expand existing law to recognize civil unions.   HB708 has several familiar cosponsors, including Dan Frankel, Jake Wheatley, Chelsa Wagner, Dom Costa, Paul Costa, Mark Gergely.  41 sponsors in total. This legislation has been referred to the Judiciary Committee as of February 12, 2011. Several cosponsors sit in […]

The impact of HUD’s anti-discrimination rules on Pittsburgh and Allegheny County

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

OK, folks, so finally we see some payoff from the Allegheny County Anti-Discrimination ordinance in practical terms. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued new rules requiring grant recipients to comply with local anti-discrimination laws. Traditionally, HUD requires all applicants for competitive grant funding to comply with all applicable federal fair housing […]