“When I love, I love for miles and miles.”

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I just wanted to take a moment and share this lovely photo of my husband and I. ❤

A Donation to the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library

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I’m always happy to support local libraries and couldn’t pass up the chance to donate a copy of my book, “Harnessing Darkness: Expressing Mental Illness Through Poetry,” to the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library while I was in the area for a speaking engagement.

The Florence-Lauderdale Public Library is located at 350 N. Wood Ave, Florence, AL 35630. For those of you who live in Lauderdale County, be sure to support your local library by checking out a book! You can learn more on their website.

As always, be sure to check out my Facebook Author page as well as my website to learn about my upcoming speaking engagements and book signings!

Healing PTSD Fundraising Stamps!

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If you plan on mailing holiday cards this year (or not), please consider purchasing these fundraising postal stamps that support people living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Everyone can always use a few stamps, so be sure to support a good cause.

I think it’s great that there’s beginning to be more awareness when it comes to mental illness and PTSD. Instead of choosing stamps that boast pictures of Santa, wreaths, or other holiday décor, choose these beautiful stamps that represent the healing process. The stamps go on sale December 2, so be sure to visit your local post office!

Learn more about the stamps here.

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Harnessing Darkness: Expressing Mental Illness Through Poetry

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My debut book, Harnessing Darkness: Expressing Mental Illness Through Poetry has already achieved the following:

#1 New Release on Amazon in the Gay & Lesbian Poetry category

#1 New Release on Amazon in the Death, Grief, & Loss Poetry category

Harnessing Darkness traces the struggle of living with mental illness. Through sections aptly titled Birth, Life, Death, and Rebirth, Caleb Woods gives readers the experience of what it’s like to live in the mind of someone who struggles with a roller coaster of emotions on a daily basis. Caleb chooses to open the doors of his mind, allowing you to see not only the dark, but the light. Caleb lets each nightmare, depressed thought, and abundance of anxieties come to the surface with harrowing and hopeful poems about the struggles of living with mental illness and growing up gay in the Bible Belt. Experience loss, pain, heartbreak, and hope with Harnessing Darkness.

Get your copy today! Now available on Amazon!

Visit my Facebook Author Page and my Book Page to learn more!

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Dark Phoenix

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I understand that the Marvel Cinematic Universe and The Avengers are a big hit right now, but I grew up with the X-Men.

I’ve always connected with X-Men because of the similarities between mutants and LGBT people.

Often feared.

Often misjudged.

Often hated.

Even the very first X-Men movie shows politicians trying to enact a Mutant Registration Act. You can’t deny the similarities. Since gay people feel different and are often treated differently by society, we become mutants. We receive funny glances, the hateful rhetoric, and the discrimination hurled our way. Many of us are shunned from our families, left to live on our own. Some of us must live in hiding and almost always, in fear.

We’re used to it.

I guess that’s why I’ve always connected with the X-Men. When it comes to comics in general, there’s no greater story than the The Dark Phoenix Saga. It’s a haunting and beautiful story about love, friendship, and sacrifice. Ultimately, I know some of the X-Men movies have been hit-or-miss. However, I’m looking forward to the Dark Phoenix movie and seeing this story unfold onscreen.

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Endings & Beginnings

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As the year ends, there’s plenty to be thankful for.

Family.

Friends.

The many things that bring us joy.

As we say goodbye to 2018, let’s begin 2019 on a positive note. Let’s promote positive changes within ourselves, within each other. Let’s fight for the marginalized. Let’s fight for the underdog. Let’s help those in need.

Start something new this year. Pick up a hobby. Learn a skill. Let’s start something new, shall we?

Here’s to 2019, the hope it brings and with it, the dreams you’ve dreamed.

Goodbye Christopher Robin

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“But it isn’t easy, said Pooh. Because poetry and hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you.”

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I recently watched the film Goodbye Christopher Robin. I’m a sucker for movies that are based on a true story and given my love for Winnie the Pooh, the film was instantly added to my must-watch list.

I grew up watching the show Welcome to Pooh Corner, as well as the animated Winnie the Pooh episodes. Needless to say, I was already familiar with the iconic characters. What I wasn’t familiar with, however, was the backstory of A.A. Milne, the author of Winne the Pooh, as well as several other children’s books.

Before I started watching Goodbye Christopher Robin, I was under the assumption that the movie would go into detail regarding the origins of the beloved characters that we’ve all grown to love such as Pooh, Eeyore, Rabbit, and others. Although this is the case, I was not prepared for what I was about to see.

Goodbye Christopher Robin not only sheds light on A.A. Milne’s life, it dives deep into his relationship with his son (hence, the title). Viewers are quickly introduced to flashbacks of Milne’s time during WWI. These flashbacks are spread throughout the rest of the film, mirroring events that occur in the present day. This is when the film began to touch me to my core.

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a movie portray Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in such an accurate way. From loud noises to flashbacks, viewers spend quite a bit of time watching Milne struggle to go back to “normal” life after coming home from the war. What started as an interesting film in my must-watch list, ended up being a movie that shed light on mental illness, featuring an accurate portrayal of a person struggling with the effects of PTSD.

I don’t want to spoil the movie for you, especially if you’re not familiar with the backstory of author A.A. Milne’s life. However, I think it’s important to note that this movie is so much more than it seems. It touched my life and spoke to me, which is what art is supposed to do.

If you’re interested in learning the origins of Winnie the Pooh and watching a story unfold onscreen that is based on a true account of someone’s life, then you will absolutely enjoy this film. It is sure to stick with you for an incredibly long time.