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October 21, 2019
What I Taught Kids

My last post was about what I learned from my parents. My parents died within weeks of each other earlier this year, so it seemed like an appropriate time to visit that topic. It dawned on me that maybe it would have been nice to share the list with them before it was too late. […]

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October 14, 2019
What My Parents Taught Me

Both of my parents died within 2 months of each other. So, I wanted to honor them by telling you what they taught me. Some of these lessons are great. Some are awful. But, they are what they are. And I wanted to honor ME by being honest about words spoken that haunt me still. […]

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October 7, 2019
"Let Me Pray With You" -- Oh No, She Didn't. Watching My Mother Die (Part 3)

Do those “John 3:16” signs at sporting events make you want to seek God? Do street-corner pastors make you want to embrace the church? Even when I was a believer, that type of showmanship made me cringe. Instead of bringing people closer, I think those types of display force people away. The same is true […]

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September 27, 2019
Reclaiming A Piece of Me: Heading to Scotland

Most of you know that I had a mental breakdown in April 2012. Since then I have this BEFORE June and AFTER June. Much of who I was before is gone. A simple example is my handwriting. BEFORE June wrote neatly. I could write in a straight line on plain paper. I could write upside […]

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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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    June with Purple Hair

    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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