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September 23, 2019
My Father’s Last Words and The Emotional Mind’s Dominance

Some Background In about 2008, my husband and I added a one-bedroom apartment as an extension to our home so my parents could move in. We did this for a few different reasons. My father’s Parkinson’s was worsening and taking care of their home was becoming too taxing. My mother was lonely. They both were […]

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September 2, 2019
How Kindness Can Cause Terrible Sorrow: Watching My Mother Die – Part 2

I wrote last time about the selfishly aborted shopping trip the day before my mother fell and broke her hip. She died less than a week later. On Sunday we were told she would not survive this fall and “if people wanted to come say goodbye, now was the time.” One of my jobs was […]

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August 5, 2019
The Aborted Kohl's Excursion: Watching My Mother Die – Part 1

My mother died five days ago at 6:15 AM. She’d fallen the week before and broken her hip. We knew the time was short and her passing was a sad relief. She died at home and pain free (thanks to morphine and the wonderful hospice caregivers). I stood on one side, my father on the […]

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July 1, 2019
I Will Not Be My Mother: Or Am I Already?

As I write this, my mother is living in a rehab center after a fall and a hospital stay. This is at least the sixth time we’ve done the rehab thing. She is bored there. She is lonely there. I get that. It’s not a great place to be. But the kids, myself included, cannot […]

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June 3, 2019
Triggered: My Responsibility

You’ve likely heard the word ‘triggered’ or someone saying ‘that’s a trigger for me’. I had a woman in my life who was triggered by people talking about weight loss conversations. She had the balls to tell her coworkers not to discuss dieting in the work place (even at lunch in the break room). I […]

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May 6, 2019
Therapy: A Scary Decision

Six hundred hours. That’s how many hours I have spent in individual therapy. Plus group, classes, psychiatry, and on and on. If you did the math, that equates to a one-hour session every week forTWELVE years! And?? Is there anything wrong with twelve years of therapy? Fifteen? Thirty? Absolutely not. If you’re in therapy and […]

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April 1, 2019
The Perfect Body – Are You Laughing Yet?

As I ran on the treadmill at my gym this morning, I got caught in a negative spiral. I started to evaluate the women and their bodies. I started to compare. Many of you are nodding your head in understanding. Others of you are biting your nails in agony with me. Some of you are […]

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March 4, 2019
An Explanation That Calms and Frightens

If you’ve read many of my blogs, you likely know that I had a mental breakdown in April 2012. While I would never hope to go through that again, I can honestly say that in many ways, my life improved because of the experience. I believe my mental breakdown was my body and mind’s way […]

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February 4, 2019
Motives Suck!

Yesterday I went to a group therapy session. Let me start by saying, YUCK. Yet, I need it right now so rather than focusing on how frustrated I am to be slipping, I’m trying to focus on the positive truth that I recognized I was slipping and was willing to seek help. But, still, YUCK. […]

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January 21, 2019
The Super Seven Revisited and Revised

About two years ago, I spent several months working my way through several of Brene Brown’s books and watching her YouTube videos. In one interview, she pulled out her wallet and retrieved a tiny piece of paper. She explained that it was her list of people whose opinion mattered to her. Those few people, she […]

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    In April 2012 I had a mental breakdown. The real thing. I have about 36 hours that I don’t remember....

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  • All of my novels, at least so far, have an element of mental illness within a character.  Decide to Hope is the most autobiographical in that I struggle in many ways exactly as the female protagonist. 
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