Author: Dan Gilmore

  • Switching meds…I’m a wreck

    I am currently a complete mental mess. Let me tell you why. For years, I have been taking Trintellix for major depression and anxiety. Along with semi-weekly therapy, this medication has made my mental health change for the better. We found out earlier this year that our insurance company, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, would stop paying…

  • COVID & Depression

    *NOTE – This post is not a “woe is me” post, nor is it to solicit sympathy. It is merely to point out to others that someone might feel the same as them* Let’s get COVID! On July 16th, 2022, my favorite Premier League football team, Everton, came to Baltimore to play a pre-season match.…

  • Why I Left the Intelligence Community

    MY HISTORY I have worked for the Department of Defense (DoD) since 1992. The first eight years I was serving in the US Navy as a Cryptographic Technician (Communications). I was responsible for disseminating message traffic to and from our command at the Top Secret/SCI level. In late 1996, I arrived at my last duty…

  • Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

    I have been making gumbo for 20+ years, and this is probably my favorite recipe for it. I shamelessly stole it from Chef Isaac Toups, of Toups Meatery, when I found this video on YouTube. I added my own flourishes, and to be totally honest, I doubled the whole damn recipe because the leftovers are…

  • I’m Not Changing, I’m Evolving

    I want to make a change to how I use social media, specifically Twitter. There are essentially two large groups that make up the majority of my followers: WordPress folks, and anti-Trump folks. I feel like the latter group is distancing me from the former group. Most of y’all know my political leanings, so I…

  • Prelude To An Emotional Breakdown

    This post’s title sounds like the name of an epic progressive metal song *cues up some Dream Theater* I’m sorry for not having posted any updates in a while. I could sit here and type up excuses, but the bottom line is that I’m just still sort of uncomfortable opening myself up to everyone. More…

  • I am not OK…but I’m getting better

    From a mental health standpoint, I am not ok, and I’m not doing well, at all. A few weeks ago, I had my “snapping point” and I told Nancy “I need help”. After talking to some mental health professionals, I’m pretty fucked up.  So far, I’ve been diagnosed with the following: * PTSD* Severe anxiety*…

  • DACA FAQ

    Over the last few months, I’ve seen so much misinformation surrounding DACA and the Dreamers. I found this online and figured it’s easier to share this than to re-type it every time someone says “DO IT LEGALLY LIKE ERRYONE ELSE!!!!111”

  • Honey

    My wife, Nancy, has been best friends with Melissa for over 20 years. They were college roommates and their friendship has only grown since college. Yesterday, Nancy and I attended a “Life Celebration” for Melissa’s mom, Honey, who passed away on July 15th. The very first thing I learned yesterday was that her name was…

  • The Man Kiss Incident

    I was stationed in Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico from August of 1994 to October of 1996. It was my second duty station in the Navy and I loved pretty much everything about it. I was 20 years old when I got there, and for the next 2+ years….well, I’d like to say that I could…