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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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April 16, 2018
The Drop From Mania to Depression: What I Did Right, What I Can Do Better

If you suffer from bi-polar disorder or simply from “excess emotional energy” [my term], then you know the drop from happy to depressed can be triggered by something that rationally seems small, even ridiculous. Yesterday, this happened to me. I woke at 6am ready for the day, excited for the day. I had my coffee, […]

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April 9, 2018
The Drop Off: Entering Rehab

The Sixth Anniversary People have asked me what inpatient psychiatric rehab was like. I went back inside myself to remember, to feel again what it was like in that place. It’s been six years this month. I find it interesting that the exact dates are lost to me. I know I spent my anniversary and […]

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April 2, 2018
My Abominable Snowman Is Back: A Look at My Eating Disorder

I don’t often talk about my eating disorder because for the last several years, it’s been dormant. Please notice I did NOT say that it was fixed or gone or cured. Personally, I think an Eating Disorder is comparable to any addiction – it takes a minute-by-minute commitment to manage. Again, notice I didn’t use […]

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March 26, 2018
Implode or Explode: The Decision is Yours

“People often feel that if they never utter the words, they can make them go away.  Bury them deep enough, and it’s like they never existed.”  Dead End Girl by L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain Many of my readers know that I live in Atlanta, Georgia.  Last November our Georgia Dome was demolished.  To accomplish […]

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