Lisa Klein Article for Slate.

Madpix Films co-founder, Lisa Klein, recently wrote an article for State of Mind on State of Mind is a partnership of Slate and Arizona State University that offers a practical look at our mental health system—and how to make it better.

My Mother’s Ghostbuster Boyfriend: Haunted by three suicides and an overdose, my mother found companionship with someone with an unlikely hobby.


Read this true story from Lisa that adds humor to a touching and at times heartbreaking story.

When I asked my mom about her new boyfriend, Roderick, she told me he was a college professor who wrote beautiful poetry. When I mentioned Roderick to my nephew, though, he told me that Roderick had a side gig—as a ghostbuster. “Yeah, he apparently communicates with troubled spirits and helps them have a more peaceful afterlife,” he informed me. (Here and elsewhere in this article, I’m paraphrasing, and Roderick isn’t his real name.)

I broached this with my mother because … how could I not. She didn’t love that. She stressed that the ghost stuff wasn’t his main job. It was merely his calling.  Read the full story on


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