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June 18, 2018
Bi-polar Does Not Equal Criminal

Okay, I’m PISSED off …. Seriously PISSED off. I read A LOT – up to five books a week – mostly romance and mystery/crime/psychological thriller. I also enjoy any mystery/crime television show. I have noticed a pattern – when the criminal is identified or profiled, they are often labeled as bi-polar. Bi-polar is like the […]

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June 11, 2018
Kate Spade, Suicide & Me

As many of my readers know, Kate Spade decided to take her own life early last week. My husband asked me how I was handling it. At first, I thought I was handling it fine – it was a non-event. I don’t know her. I don’t follow fashion. Yes, I’d heard of Kate Spade and […]

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June 4, 2018
Hypomania: My Own Private Party An Aspect of Being Bi-Polar

Many of you have never heard of hypomania. I thought the best way to explain hypomania is with a drawing. [insert my roller coaster drawing] Notice that hypomania is not quite manic. (hypo = under/below) The Party of One and Others I’ve mentioned in other blogs the concept of “others”. Basically others are those elements […]

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May 21, 2018
I Will Not ... You Can't Make Me

Two weeks ago I met with a nutritionist. This is a nutritionist works hand-in-hand with my therapist so she is skilled with patients who struggle with eating disorders. At our first meeting, we discussed my desire to re-establish HEALTHY eating into MOST of my life. I’ve slipped and it’s beginning to worry me (read: freak […]

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May 18, 2018
The Importance of Our Inner Voices: An Interview with Kathleen

Yesterday, we had a conversation with one of the voices in my mind. It was Matt who first approached me – stalked me – to tell the story in Decide to Hope. But, in many ways, it’s Kathleen’s story. She’s another voice I carry with me. She encapsulates my pain – my loneliness – my […]

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May 17, 2018
The Importance of Our Inner Voices: An Interview with Matt

We all have “other” voices. Admit it – you sometimes talk to yourself and you sometimes talk back. That’s one of those “other” voices your subconscious gives you (sometimes for good, sometimes not). If you will find the courage to listen and talk back, you might learn some things or find a dream you didn’t […]

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May 14, 2018
Dreams Do Come True

I’ve been wondering what to say today – the day when four-plus years of sweat and toil finally culminates in the release of Decide To Hope. Beyond the work, the constant worry about the story and all is pieces; beyond the need to tell my fictional friends’ story to the best of my ability, this […]

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May 7, 2018
Finding Faith In Anger?

I have no real reason to be angry at GOD, God, god. If you look at my life, you’d see someone who’s “got it made”. I live in an upper middle class neighborhood in the safety of the USA, I’ve been happily married for over 25 years, my children are grown and productive members of […]

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April 30, 2018
The Guardian of Locked Cabinets: A glimpse at those that live inside me

I don’t suffer from multiple personality disorder. I am not the next Sybil. I don’t have other personalities take over my body and mind. But, I do have “friends” inside me. My therapist calls them “others”. Some professionals use the lofty term “fragmented selves”. My therapist assures me each of these “others” has my best […]

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April 23, 2018
You Did Not Say That?

This blog seems particularly timely because as I’m writing this, we’re in the heart of “March Madness” and like many other wives, I’m a basketball-widow for a few weeks. I’m writing this on a Thursday morning. That’s significant because I was told of the encounter on Sunday and I CANNOT get past it. The shock […]

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