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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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December 2, 2019
The Bad Part About The Good Part

As many of you know, I had the amazing opportunity to spend two weeks in Europe and one of those weeks was a solo trip to Scotland. That was GOOD. You may know that I scuba dive. That is GOOD. You may know that I teach and have always been teaching something. That is GOOD. […]

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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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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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December 17, 2018
Dropping the Pain

“Memories begin to creep forward from hidden corners of your mind. Passing disappointments. Lost chances, and lost causes. Heartbreaks and pain and desolate, horrible loneliness. Sorrows you thought long forgotten mingle with still-fresh wounds. The stone [of memories] feels heavier in your hand. [But] When you drop it … you feel lighter. As though you […]

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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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