the streets

The Streets

Many of you have read my story about living on the streets, but this story, which was published several years ago, covers a lot of area that I haven’t covered before. Because of its length, I originally planned to post this over a couple of days but decided against that. It would affect the impact of the story. Why do…

bipolar medication

Oh My God, Hell Yes!

I asked my husband, Maurice, to think back to before I was taking meds. We both remember the trial and error period when my pdoc and I were trying to find the right combination for me. Some of the meds had some pretty wacky side effects. In fact, one of them made me attack Maurice. Naturally my pdoc told him…

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I Did It!

I did it. My heart was racing, my palms were clammy and sweat was dripping off my forehead and into my eyes, but I did it. I did it on Wednesday, March 14 at 2:59 pm. For the first time I sent off a manuscript to a publisher. I spent the entire morning with a dear friend, who happens to…

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Wanna Guest Blog?

I’m busy as hell trying to get some things off to a publisher and I’d hate to see my blog die from neglect. If you’re interesting in writing a guest blog for me, please send me a message on my contact page. The rules are that it has to deal with bipolar disorder, or other forms of mental illness, and…

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Looking for Fun and Feelin’ Groovy

Why this title? Because it’s what I was singing on Friday as I crossed the parking lot when I was leaving my pdoc’s office. Why? I’ll get to that. First, let me tell you other stuff going on. Weight and Fitness This is a happy post, so no comment. Novel I know it seems I’ve been working on this novel…

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Good Reasons For Anxiety Still Feel Shitty

I said I would try to give an update more often…I’m trying. January is over and was it ever a wild rollercoaster. Highs and lows…and I hate rollercoasters. However, despite frustrating health issues, despite major anxiety that felt like it was going to kill me, there’s a possibility for good stuff, really good stuff, ahead. Weight News I’m going to…

David Bowie

Changes Are Coming

  Dare I say it…it’s big…I should resist, but I must be honest. Here it goes…I was never a David Bowie fan. There, I got it off my chest. I admitted I find Bowie to have been kind of meh. interestingly one of my favorite songs is by him. In fact, it’s right up there near the top of my…

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Help Protect Net Neutrality

We have just days. The FCC is about to vote to end net neutrality—breaking the fundamental principle of the open Internet—and only an avalanche of calls to Congress can stop it. So this Tuesday, December 12th, “Break the Internet” on your site, Tumblr, Youtube or in whatever wild creative way you can to get your audience to contact Congress. That’s…

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My Fourteenth Birthday

Today I turned fourteen. December 8, 2003 was my first day clean and sober. It may surprise some people to hear that after I got sober my life got worse. I lost all my friends (barfly’s actually.) I wound up homeless, which never happened while I was drinking. My life was in ruins as I watched others who got sober…