Tim Chitwood

Tim Chitwood: Stop making us look so miserable

It is a consolation to the wretched to have companions in misery, and it’s Monday Mail


Our opening today is an aphorism from Publilius Syrus, a Syrian brought to Italy as a slave before his wit won him his freedom. You may know him from other famous maxims such as "familiarity breeds contempt" and "a rolling stone gathers no moss."


Making the rounds on Facebook once more is a piece ranking Columbus as one of the most miserable places in America. "Columbus area residents were among the most depressed in the country," it said. So you people really need to lighten up, especially with winter coming.


If you think you're miserable now, just wait 'til you get Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Here's an email about that, along with a list of symptoms:

Dear Tim,

There are several people who experience a change of moods during the winter months, particularly a feeling of depression. If you are feeling under the weather during the cold winter months but not sure if you are having seasonal disorder, you can check to see if you are experiencing certain symptoms. .

Best regards,

Tasha Mayberry.

1. Feelings of sadness, hopelessness and anxiety.

2. Feeling fatigue, loss of energy, trouble concentrating and unmotivated.

3. The feelings of sadness, fatigue, isolated, etc. that start out mild and become more severe as the winter progresses.

4. Change in appetite and sleeping habits.

5. Social withdrawal -- loss of interest in social activities and hobbies. Some people tend to "hibernate" during the winter months.

Dear Tasha:

You know, when it's 100 degrees outside and the mosquitoes are swarming, people here hibernate in the summer, too -- in air-conditioned rooms.


Then again, they could be hiding indoors because they're addicted to pornography. Here's an email about a film titled "The Heart of the Matter," which "seeks to answer questions about pornography addiction in the Christian church":

Dear Tim,

We at Morality in Media are sending this out to our friends in the press who we think might be interested in this new film. It will be immensely helpful to the movement to end sexual exploitation and educate about the affects porn has on society. We think this film will give hope to those in the Church who are struggling with obsessive pornography use.

Hysen Sisco.

Dear Hysen:

If you want porn addicts to watch that, it better have a lot of sex in it.