Essays & Articles

SPIRAL Writings in Self-Development, Mental Health & Creativity... Straits of Messina; Charybdis

Feature Catalog Essay for Art Exhibition 2015

Feature Catalog Essay for The Society for Contemporary Crafts’ fall 2015 exhibition,”Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art”  ~ "Fierce Catalyst," pg. 6

Spiral: Self Development, Mental Health & Creativity

Spiral, an anthology of 44 eclectic articles and essays on self, mental health, wellness and creativity.

Spiral is an anthology of 44 eclectic articles and essays (self, mental health, wellness and creativity– essays written spanning the time she was a staff writer at and also consultant in Self & Professional Development.)  SPIRAL IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE IN TOTAL.  PLEASE PERUSE THE TABLE OF CONTENTS BELOW FOR ANY ARTICLES YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN AND CONTACT LISA

Self, Wellness, Relationships ~

Self Development as Balm

Unspoken Bargains in our Daily Relationships

Questions to Nurture New Channels of Growth

Balance: How to Get There in Your Work & Life, Parts I & II

Can You Find Mental Health & Happiness in a Home?

Taking Time to Reboot Yourself

Attaining Your Goals: Risk, Reward & Humility

Talking to Others: How to be Empathetic and Effective

Zen & Martial Arts Life Lessons: The Path Around Anger

Fresh Perspectives from Shambhala

Japanese Self-Reflection: Naikan

Meditations on Yoga & More

Aromatherapy: Good Smells to Influence How You Feel

Creative Entrepreneurship

Strategies to Help Remove Stress from your Work Schedule

Self Image, Identity & The Tools of Personal Branding

Advocacy ~

Kids, Emotional Intelligence & Psychosocial Ed.

To Get a Head Start, Start Teaching Mental Health in Junior High

Families Finally into the Fold: Involvement in Treatment, Despite HIPAA

Mental Health First Aid

Getting Clean on Addiction Policy in the U.S.

Mental Health: US vs. UK

Mike Webster & the NFL Lawsuit over Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Advocacy: Striving for Wholeness after Mental Health Awareness Month

Features ~

Public Service Psychiatry: Western Psych’s Wes Sowers

Early Wounding & Dysfunctional Family Roles

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Not Just for Mental Illness

Motivational Enhancement Therapy: Treatment for Substance Abuse & More

Brain Chemistry Altered by Early Life Experience, Parts I & II

The Psyche’s Way Out of Pain: Dissociation

Not Otherwise Specified: Anxiety & the work of Dr. Robt. Hudak

Schizotypal Disorder: Similar to other Diagnoses, Yet Unique

Light Therapy for Bipolar Disorder: The Research Studies of Dr. Dorothy Sit

Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families: Dr. Charles Whitfield’s Evolving Work

Families on the Line Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy

ADHD Coaching: Look to the Willow Tree

Self, Once More ~

Presence: Striving to Find Your Authentic Sense of Self

Inner Courage Can Equal Peace

Are Artists Crazy?

Reincarnation or Just Ancestral Facets?

For Your Pain & Suffering

Healing Work

OCCUPY WITH ART Abstract publication

Abstract of a work entitled Creative Folly:  The Illusory Support of Artists by American Arts Organizations & Funders  c 2011  (published in OCCUPY WITH ART) -- yet unfinished

”I happened upon this inspiring, brilliant and dare I say righteous piece completely by accident. Lisa Miles has written an essay that captures what it means to truly be an artist….”   –Intro. by Dustin Slaughter to “Artist as Worker” essay as reprinted Aug 2011 @ The David & Goliath Project I  

       *Click link & Scroll down the page for ”Artist as Worker”


Articles & Features for Psych Central 

Pgh. Stagehands Circumvented for First Night” – Pgh Post-Gazette Biz Forum, Dec 2011

Daily Kos Spotlighted Article – Unions & the 2012 Super Bowl.  Also selected to repost in their “In Support of Labor & Unions” section.  (Bit of a Follow-Up article to the above)

Daily Kos– Too Big To Fail:  Artists, Art Workers and Arts Education   May 2012

Not Necessarily the WPA…Artists as Workers

by Lisa A. Miles © 2009;  Published August 2010 WORK Literary Magazine

The scare and struggle surrounding a person’s livelihood has suddenly become common denominator in this country. Workers simple and schooled, both with equal pride, now face significant questions about the integrity of their professions, let alone the viability of their chosen occupations. Auto workers and bankers are looking for signs– newfound public appreciation or government help spurring sales, confidence in the market, or perhaps literally the blinking exit to another arena to save face. 

The North Side’s North Shore   c 2005

by Lisa A. Miles;  Published Winter 2005 The Northside Chronicle

The North Side of Pittsburgh has been around since 1907, when it was incorporated by the city literally against its will, by vote of the citizenry of Pittsburgh. (Of course, it has actually been around much longer; in fact, carrying its own illustrious history as Allegheny City much before most eastern neighborhoods of the city even came into being, but that is material too vast for this writing.) Since tethered to the city, it has had its share of ups and downs and collaborative accomplishments and disgruntlements with the metropolis, perhaps more intensely so than other neighborhoods.   Contact Lisa if you are interested in reading this article in its entirety.

Rethinking Teaching

by Lisa A. Miles © 2009;  Published Nov. 21, 2009 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Business Forum

Some of the best teachers available to help young learners are now, during our country’s great Recession, even more available– unemployed, underemployed, and just plain affected factory workers, salesmen, waitresses, shop owners, and many more. 

Writings in Music ‘15 on...

Translations of Interviews Spanish to English for bands Jesucrisis* (Chile) & Animal Rojo (Mexico)... 

      *Jesucrisis translation appears on Jesucrisis Reviews page (Interview, Al Lado Del Farol, Aug 2015)

Mini-Review of Ariel Maniki & The Black Halos RITUAL album by Lisa Miles

Interview of the band Severance (Monterrey, Mexico) for Absolution mag

Review of Severance “New Cult” single   Nov ’16


Advancing Astronomy & Community: John Brashear

by Lisa A. Miles © 2009; Published March 2011 HISTORY

(Mag. of Sen. John Heinz History Center, a div. of The  Smithsonian)

When Samuel Pierpont Langley discovered the genius lens-making of a humble Pittsburgh millwright in the late 1870s, set in motion would be a course of events that changed telescope-making forever. It is an appropriate time, in this 2009 Year of Astronomy, to honor that man who soon thereafter had observatories across the Atlantic calling on his precision work in lenses and scientific instruments...  If you are interested in reading this article, please contact Lisa.