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A Wish for Work

A Wish for Work

Here we are at the end of another year. Older. Wiser. Plumper. (Actually, a little less so, believe it or not!) In looking back on 2017, there are so many things that could easily skew negatively, but I’ll spare this post of them, and rather, […]

Six Months Sober

Six Months Sober

Welp, I made it. Six months of active sobriety. For the most part, it’s been relatively simple, because—to sing my usual refrain—I don’t drink because I can’t, not because I don’t. I make it a point to highlight that distinction when telling people, because confessing […]

Heigh-Ho The Glamorous Life

Heigh-Ho The Glamorous Life

I am moving. Again. This will be the tenth time I’ve moved in the past seven years; five of those times in the past three years alone. It’ll be the third time in my life I’ve left Florida “for good”, although I’ve learned not to […]

The Summer of Wordsmithery

The Summer of Wordsmithery

On Memorial Day, I began a new adventure: I started writing a book. I thought it was about one thing and so I wrote for six weeks and 140 pages straight. I was a woman with a M.I.S.S.I.O.N. But with the help of (and unending thanks […]

Umpteenth Starter Blog Post

Umpteenth Starter Blog Post

I’ve started no fewer than three separate different blogs in the past year and a half, and I think I can finally say this is the last one (albeit morphed from a previous blog, now incorporated into a shiny new website). Don’t have much to […]

Write Place, Write Time, Write Now

Write Place, Write Time, Write Now

For all three of you who read this blog (Hi Sue! Hi Gloria! Hi Patty!), first off, thank you! It’s been exactly one week since I deactivated my Facebook page and the time away from it has been so glorious already! I am a victim […]

Drinking with Mr. & Mrs. Yuk

Drinking with Mr. & Mrs. Yuk

NOTE: This piece was adapted and published on The Mighty as “3 Tips for Managing A Toxic Relationship with Your Parents as an Adult” * * * * * Confession: I succumb to click bait whenever the word “toxic” comes along, as my entire life […]

Patrilineal Dissent

Patrilineal Dissent

I was born under a fascist regime. My father is a Yankee-born, Fox News watching, Floridian redneck jackhole with whom I have been associated for forty-four years. So our country’s current state of upheaval should come as nothing more than a trip down Familiar Lane […]

The Bipolar Express

The Bipolar Express

NOTE: This piece was adapted and published on The Mighty as “Why My Life Often Feels Like I’m Riding The Bipolar Express.” * * * * * “Make yourself well.” That’s what Cher (Rusty) tells Eric Stoltz (Rocky) in the movie Mask. He’d have inexorable […]

Disordered

Disordered

It’s been just under three weeks that I’ve received a formal diagnosis from my psychiatrist: Bipolar II Disorder Which is a relief, honestly, because if I were to put all the acronyms at the end of my name, like a doctor or lawyer or anyone […]