Monthly Archives: January 2016


It doesn’t always take two to make an argument.

We’re glad that Patrick Stewart has spoken out on this salient point. 

We are encouraged by the chorus of voices that are starting to chime in on the topic of abuse and its consequences. 

We are happy that we live in a world where people will name abuse for what it is, and fight against it. 


Grammar Nazis

Dear Skillzers,

I’m calling you that because even though I’m the one currently lounging at Skillness HQ, eating snacks and watching Thaddeus update our Instagram (@mentalskillness), I want to take a moment to recognize the fact that each and every one of you are skillin’ your way through your own lives, every day. 

Some days are easier than others. Some days it’s easy to bound out of bed, full of energy and ready to face the world with excitement and joy. Other days it’s a slog, filled with traffic, annoying co-workers, and not nearly enough coffee. Or maybe it’s even worse. Maybe you’re dealing with depression, or loss, or the aftermath of trauma. Perhaps you’re facing a major transition, or filled with questions about your future and how to accomplish some goals that fell by the wayside while you pursued others. Maybe at times you’re grinding through, just barely hanging on, while at other times you’re more able to sit back, relax, and appreciate the gifts that life brings us every day. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the world is constantly presenting us with gifts. Sometimes they’re small or incredibly subtle, but if something puts a smile on your face for even a moment then it’s a treasure! It’s really as simple as that. 

I always keep a couple of little tricks in my back pocket for those moments I’m really down in the doldrums – things that are guaranteed to make me laugh. You should too. I’m not trying to boss you around or anything, but I’m pretty smart and have very good ideas. That’s why they pay me the big bucks here at Mentalskillness.* Anyway, I promise it’ll help! To get you started, you can have one of mine…

From “The 24 Times Google Got Way Too Real”:  

(Source: Buzzfeed)

* By “they” I mean “me” and by “the big bucks” I mean “zero dollars, but endless amusement”. Which, come to think of it, will be the title of my autobiography, should I ever write one. 

What Do You Mean

It’s a true fact that here at Skillness HQ we’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Justin Bieber. Maybe it’s because his movie, Never Say Never, was one of the first things we reviewed for our sister site  Let Them Eat Vinyl. Ah, how young we were then. Sometimes it’s hard to believe.

You know when else we felt young? On our recent getaway to Miami’s South Beach with a cadre of girlfriends. We drank, we danced, we lay on the beach – and everywhere we went, this song was playing. 

It’s a great song, and not just because it reminds me of being young.

Smoke a L in the back of the Benz-y

It doesn’t happen every day, but every so often I imagine that my life is a Nelly video. Those are great days. Look at how much fun I am having! 

Wise Words

I mean, it’s kind of hard to argue with this, right?


Life Goals

So I’m stealing this from some kid…but man, I couldn’t have said it any better myself. Bravo, kid. Bravo.


Brandon Flowers’ Blazer

At the dawn of a new year, I think it’s important that we take some time to celebrate the truly inspirational things in life, such as this magnificent animal-print blazer worn by Brandon Flowers. It might be the best jacket I have ever seen, and though I am still waiting for a glance at his disco-ball suit, this will do for now. I am content.

Happy 2016!