How I Became an Optimist

I used to be a phony optimist, pretending that things were always delightful and going well, despite my terrible inner turmoil.  You see, I have bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression.  For most of my life, I did not know that I had a mental illness, and instead, I thought that everyone had these extreme, … Continue reading How I Became an Optimist

Adults Behaving Badly

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”  Anne Lamott I’d like to tell you the stories of my family and friends – the flaws and secrets that abound.  They make juicy narratives of affairs, alcoholism, drug abuse, unexpected pregnancies, lies and deceptions.  They are full … Continue reading Adults Behaving Badly

Thank You to the SOL Community

“’O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’He chortled in his joy.”(from The Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll) I’m celebrating the last day of the March writing challenge! Overall, I have enjoyed writing daily, although I’ve had plenty of days with frustrating false starts and massive deletions.  It’s been great to get positive feedback on my writing, and for … Continue reading Thank You to the SOL Community

Thanks to My Favorite Coach

Inspired by a mbhmaine’s slice (, I wrote a thank-you note to a favorite teacher. Dear Coach, I want to thank you, once again, for your phenomenal coaching. As you know, I became a coach because I wanted to follow in your example.  When you came to college my sophomore year, you brought much, much … Continue reading Thanks to My Favorite Coach

A Glance at My Yard

Inspired by an idea from slicer, wowilkinson, (, I am using numbers as a foundation for my writing. In 1 expansive yard, bordered, in part, by 2 hedges of budding forsythia, I have 3 weathered bluebird houses and 4 sparse gardens (one for vegetables and the other three for flowers and greenery). 5 robins currently … Continue reading A Glance at My Yard