Ben Edlund has a great laugh. Several of them, actually. One of them sounds like the sarcastic giggle of a skinny kid who used to insult his tormentors in ways that they wouldn’t even understand. There’s another kind of tittering that rings with nostalgia, as he thinks about elements from previous adaptations of The Tick. The laughter I heard the most was the excited cackle that came up when he discussed his new plans for his signature creation. I spoke to Edlund last Saturday during Comic-Con 2016. We met in the nearly empty antechamber of the supposedly haunted Horton Grand Hotel, and it seemed apropos that a life-sized papier-mâché horse was only steps away from where we were talking. Despite being a long fan of Edlund’s big blue crusader, I had no idea what to expect when meeting him. After the humble indie-publisher beginnings of the Tick comic-book series, he’d gone on to write and produce for shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Venture … [Read more...] about Why The New Version of
Country music star Felicity Urquhart has revealed what happened the day her husband took his own life - and the heartbreak of explaining this to their daughters. The 43-year-old singer-songwriter's other half Glen Hannah, a musician and music producer, committed suicide in May. On the eve of R U OK? Day, Urquhart spoke about how her late husband's depression had made his life unbearable despite his successful career. Country music star Felicity Urquhart has revealed what happened the day her husband took his own life - and the heartbreak of explaining what happened to their daughters 'It's so incredible to think you could live with somebody and not see the signs, not be aware that he was struggling so badly with mental illness,' she told the ABC's 7.30 program. On his last day alive, Urquhart's husband of 10 years went for a bike ride and didn't come home. 'It got later and later and I put the kids in the car and we went looking for daddy,' she said. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 … [Read more...] about ‘No parent should ever have to explain suicide’: Country music star open up on the heartbreak of telling her daughters, 6 and 8, their father had taken his own life
“If the marriage is dead anyway... I mean, it’s ok to get love somewhere if it has always been nowhere, right?!” Shara said it as a question but I knew she didn’t actually want to hear my thoughts on adultery. That is not something they cover in spine fellowship training. Maybe they should. “Have you read, Waiting?” Shara leaned forward and reached her long moisturized hand to gently touch my wrist. As though resting her hand on my wrist could ensure my attention was hers. There was no competition for my attention in the clinic exam room but I suddenly had heightened awareness of my wrist. Shara continued, “It’s a book by Ha Jin that won the National Book Award. It’s about a doctor!” Big brown eyes of expectation complimented the tap of her hand on my wrist. With her other hand, Shara gave a tiny tug to her skirt, made a small wiggle adjustment to improve her perch on the … [Read more...] about He’s Already Married. Wasn’t it Obvious?
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The first thing Heidi Stewart did when she woke up in the cardiovascular intensive care unit was try to wiggle her fingers and toes. The 18-year-old high school senior had suffered sudden cardiac arrest. She feared that the rest of her life she would be confined to a hospital bed. When she saw her fingers and toes move, Stewart knew she had defied the odds. “I told myself I would never take my second shot at life for granted,” Stewart said. Instead, she would use her platform — her story of survival — to advocate for young athletes like herself. And in the five years since Stewart woke up in that hospital bed, she has done just that, devoting herself to causes close to her heart: The Quinn Driscoll Foundation and the American Heart Association. Stewart, 23, continues to share her story for one reason: “Simply to save lives.” AED SAVED HER LIFE Stewart collapsed in the hallway at Evergreen High School on Feb. 12, 2013. … [Read more...] about Woman who suffered cardiac arrest aims to educate others
I wake up feeling really depressed. My lower right leg is outright aching, as if sirens are sounding in every cell. My hips hurt. My heart hurts. I feel defeated by the silence around the release of my latest project, unloved, unlovable, trying so hard to give a gift, and failing. Why bother? The pain of the world flattens me. I don’t want to do anything except slip back into sleepy oblivion. But I am awake. The rest of my family is still asleep. I go downstairs, make a fire in the woodstove, have some breakfast, and go outside to feed the chickens and our small calf Cypress. I see the setting moon, the winter blue sky, the grass greenly peeking through crusty snow, and none of it moves me. I want to run. I desperately need to run. But I am afraid – afraid that the pain in my legs and hips will stop me. Back inside, I settle my right hip on top of a lacrosse ball and roll around so that the ball presses into the surrounding tissue. I gasp with pain. I breathe into it. The … [Read more...] about The Pain of Being a Bodily Self