Eat, Pray, Love, Nurse, Betray

This non-fiction excerpt was cut from my book, but it stayed on my mind. I’m sharing it, like most of my memoir, as per Virginia Woolf “In expressing it I explained it and then laid it to rest.” To learn more about my memoir, visit charisejewell.com/crazy. Most of the staff are strangers. Nurses, guards, doctors,Continue reading “Eat, Pray, Love, Nurse, Betray”

Book Club Questions

Thank you for choosing Crazy for your book club! If you would like me to virtually attend, contact me with the details. I would love to be there. Here are some questions to consider for your book club discussion. Click the ‘Download’ button at the bottom of the list for a pdf version. 1. WhatContinue reading “Book Club Questions”

Reducing stigma

I was recently asked the excellent question: what can I do to help you feel less stigma? I replied with the first thing that came to mind, but the question stayed with me. It deserved more than an off-the-cuff answer. It deserved reflection. After my standard thoughtfulness, this is what I came up with. First,Continue reading “Reducing stigma”

Journals 101

Do you journal? I’ve been journalling since I was a kid, when it was called a diary. I was recently asked to elaborate on my technique, which made me realize that my journals are not one-size-fits-all. This post describes how journalling best helps me. Gratitude This is my gratitude journal. I’ve had one for decades,Continue reading “Journals 101”

Crazy: Memoir of a Mom Gone Mad

When Charise Jewell decided to leave her career as a robotics engineer to pursue writing fiction, the 40-year old mother of three had no idea that she was embarking on a real life story beyond her wildest imagination. Without warning, and while preparing to celebrate Mother’s Day 2017, she rapidly descended into a severe mania,Continue reading “Crazy: Memoir of a Mom Gone Mad”

Books we’re reading this month…

Grain Brain by David Perlmutter We’re finally starting to realize that we eat too many carbs. This book links a carb-heavy diet with brain health, and it’s not just refined carbs either. In other words, according to Perlmutter, too much multi-grain bread, or even fruit, causes ADHD, dementia, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, mood disorders, and manyContinue reading “Books we’re reading this month…”