Girls Don’t Do That…

I’ve made no secret about the fact that I rarely leave my house. However, when I do tempt fate and venture beyond my comfort zone, I drag with me a looming fear that disaster can strike without notice. Let’s put aside for a moment my plethora of social anxieties, which I have openly shared in previous blogs—I’ve learned to live with those. However, I’ve recently discovered a new, and more worrisome issue: I lack the knowledge to perform many basic life skills. This eye-opener drove my semi-unbalanced mental state right up to code red. Full-panic mode. Read more…

This Is My Thing…Guest Post by Christy Barongan

This week I’d like to welcome Christy Barongan to the blog. As the first guest post of 2015, I’m thrilled to have a writer who shares using both honesty and humor. Christy has chosen to write about a challenging and important topic. Self-acceptance. I’d like to thank Christy for agreeing to share her post, speak her truth, and offer us plenty to think about as we begin a new week. Please check out her links below so you can connect with her on her own website and various social media accounts. Enjoy. Read more…

Resolutions? Not Me…

We’re only about two weeks into a new year and it seems that folks have been quick to ditch the holiday cheer. Instead of spreading merriment and good will, I’ve seen road rage, impromptu arguments at the grocery store (one involving a ham), and overall crankiness. It appears we’ve returned to the status quo. The tricky part, as I see it, is to figure out why our good spirits are stripped away as quickly as any post-holiday store display. I blame the dreaded, and unnecessary, New Year’s Resolutions. Read more…

Managing Chaos…Living With OCD

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The clinical, fancy term used to describe those of us who compulsively count, arrange, organize, obsess, and worry about the potential for catastrophic events. I spend my days worrying about everything from mystery diseases to the zombie apocalypse, and everything in between. I’ve been living with OCD for as long as I can remember, and recently, I’ve decided to stop fighting the madness and instead, go with the flow. Even if that means I’ll be counting my steps along the path. Before anyone goes off on a rant about mental health, the benefits of pharmaceuticals, therapy, and OCD being a distraction from other anxieties—hear me out. Read more…

On the Lam…A Citizen’s Arrest

I’m enjoying a quiet week to regroup and prepare to hit the ground running in January. Who knows, maybe I’ll just hit the ground. I don’t really care much for running. Enjoy this archive from an event that took place in the spring of 2013. I hope you all have a wonderful, safe, and happy New Year. Thank you for your continued support and I’ll see you in 2015. On with the show…

Apparently, the practice of conducting a citizen’s arrest is still alive and well. After witnessing my commission of a moving violation, a self-appointed vigilante felt it was her civic duty to pull me over. Before I unveil the particulars of the situation, I would like to confess my guilt to any law enforcement officers who are currently trying to locate and possibly apprehend me. I would also like to add that after thirty years of driving, I have never been issued a ticket, warning or gathered points on my license. I was, however, having a very bad day and the Charles Bronson of traffic laws made it that much worse. Read more…

My Ghosts of Christmas Past

It’s been over a decade since I last spent Christmas with my family. The fact that I’ve managed to successfully dodge this major holiday is, in my opinion, an award-worthy achievement. And, if nothing else, I feel that I am at least entitled to a certificate, signed by a licensed therapist, recognizing my commitment to mental health. Here’s the thing: any time someone (my mother) has corralled our family under one roof for the purpose of forced socialization, the results have been catastrophic. The likelihood of a cataclysmic event occurring is directly linked to the amount of alcohol consumed combined with underlying stress, unresolved issues, and general crankiness. And that’s just my father. Read more…

The Non-Negotiable Agreement of Pets

I’ve often said that I never trust a person who does not have compassion for animals. I’m not saying that you have to live with pets because for some folks, that is not realistic. Shelters and rescues are overflowing with animals that are the unfortunate victims of poor planning. Pets are time consuming, veterinary care is expensive, and in the end—no matter how you slice it—you will be left with a broken heart. However, when you do accept an animal into your heart and home, these are the non-negotiable terms of the arrangement. Pets are not disposable. They are not to be abandoned when things get difficult. They deserve to be properly cared for, loved, and protected. You are their advocate, provider, and world. In their eyes, you are everything so before you decide to share your life with a pet, think it through. If you can live up to your end of the agreement, you will be blessed with unconditional love; the likes of which I doubt many humans are capable. Read more…

Rage, Rude, and Retail. The Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us. I know this because my neighbor decided to hang his Christmas lights at 7:50am, Thanksgiving morning. I grumbled, shared it on social media, resigned myself to the fact that I was getting up earlier than planned, and made coffee. Here’s the thing: I don’t get swept up in the holiday madness, and at the risk of sounding like a Grinch, what is it that makes otherwise seemingly-normal people go berserk during the holidays? Everyone goes into panic mode, which leads to road rage, parking frenzies, overspending, and hoarding way too much stuff. Read more…

Good Thing Charles Manson Isn’t Gay

Charles Manson is getting married. Yep, the 80-year-old who was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder has been granted a marriage license. The pending nuptials have become an easy target for jokes on social media but it also brings forth a serious question. Why, and how, is this acceptable when law-abiding, same-sex couples are still being denied the same rights? Where are the picketers? Where is the outrage against that which threatens the sanctity of marriage? Where the hell is the Westboro Baptist Church? Does the silence from the typically vocal contingents mean that this union fits the accepted definition of what constitutes marriage? Let’s break it down. Read more…

Winter: A Time To Celebrate Laziness

Summer is for beach lovers. It’s also a favorite of kids, who rejoice at the close of another school year along with teachers, and parents, who get a break from the madness. It’s all fun, sun, pools, and Instagram shots of toes in the sand. We even toss in a few holidays that offer extended weekends for good measure. Then comes fall with its crisp air, foliage, apple picking, and pumpkin mania. And of course we can’t forget Halloween with its massive candy haul, and consequent sugar coma. The weather is still quite mild, and there is enough daylight to ward off the threat of seasonal affective disorders. Spring brings birds chirping from the trees, blooming flowers, and the promise of warmer temperatures. It also marks the end of what has seemingly become the most loathed season of the year. Winter. Read more…