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November 23, 2020
The “Joy” That Wasn’t: Can Your Emotional Tank Run Empty?

I’ve been struggling to write this blog for several weeks. Not because I don’t want to share but because: I’m not sure I can get the message across I know I’m wrong and that I should feel differently. I also know that I don’t believe in the “should”. Readers will judge me. I judge myself. […]

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October 26, 2020
The First Step Into Depression

Most of you know, I suffer with bi-polar. Let me change that verb. I have bi-polar. I decided not the use “suffer” because I don’t live a life of suffering. I live a life of challenges – the challenge to stay out of the pit, the challenge to stay focused and not cave to impulsive […]

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October 12, 2020
The SELFLESSNESS Of Suicide

A dear friend of mine chose to end his life recently. He was 33 and beautiful. Sweet, funny. Silly. Even when he was driving me crazy, he’d make me laugh. You never knew what was going to come out of his mouth and sometimes it was so inappropriate all I could do was wipe the […]

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July 27, 2020
He Refuses To Get Help

Someone very close to me made a series of decisions (and behaviors) that forced his life to implode. I know the word “force” is strong, but he put two or three people into situations where they had no choice except to react harshly. I’m going to call this person Y. Y is an adult – […]

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July 20, 2020
UNDERSTANDING WHAT MY VOICE IS (and being okay with it)

Two things happened recently that bothered me until I gave it all more thought and listened to wise counsel: First, I’m in a writer’s critique group and while I often get praise for the chapters, I never get praise for the story. I get this – “well, it’s not the type of story I’d want […]

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July 6, 2020
My Mouth and My Brain

“The words fell out of my mouth without my brain straining a muscle.” I wrote the above sentence when one my characters said something mean and nasty and f*cking hilarious. My writing friend, that wonderful technicality wizard, struck the line from the manuscript. She said, “Words cannot form without the brain first engaging.” Technically, I […]

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November 26, 2019
Is There Something Wrong With Me?

Recently, someone I knew very well passed away. She was 51 and the death was a shock to all. I had not seen this person in almost 5 years. We didn’t have a falling out. We just moved in different circles and then I literally moved away. Her passing was sad. I was particularly sad […]

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November 18, 2019
My Primary Bi-polar Symptoms: Compulsivity (#2)

Last time, I talked about irritability being a major bi-polar symptom for me.  But compulsive behavior is my worst symptom. Whereas irritability comes and goes, compulsiveness is a CONSTANT problem. At all times, I’m having to talk myself out of something: another cookie, another book, another project, another nap, another TV show. Those don’t sound […]

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November 11, 2019
My Primary Bi-Polar Symptoms: Irritability (#1)

If you told me you had a cold, what symptoms would you have? For me, a cold is that horrible headache behind the bridge of the nose and tight ears. For my husband, he’s suffering from a sore throat and dull headache on the crown of his head. The point? No two colds look exactly […]

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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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