#BeReal – DAWN DAUM

My #BeReal guest today is Dawn Daum. This post is proof that the things we do and say really can matter.  I continue to search myself every time I read a new #BeReal submission.  I am finally realizing just how much of a work in process I am. Thank you Dawn for challenging us to call…

#BeReal – DENISE GEELHART

My #BeReal guest today is Denise Geelhart. For years, all I could think about was suicide. Then, one day, on Friday, September 13, 1996, after failing to overdose the night before, I found myself standing on an 11th story hotel balcony overlooking a beautiful beach and Diamond Head. In a moment of complete fear and…

#BeReal – KRISTI RIEGER CAMPBELL

My #BeReal guest today is Kristi Rieger Campbell. Kristi allowed me to share this piece, which on the surface of it, is a Monday of epic and immensely challenging proportions,  and at the same time, is just another day filled with the commonplace, Mondayish things that fill each person’s world with a complex and ever-changing…

SURVIVING MONSTERS

I’ve thought about you Though I’ve tried not to The world sat silent, not even a sigh As you tore holes in my picturesque sky I used to hold my breath and ask God Why hasn’t the dark swallowed the world? He used to hold my hand and say How can I repair wings that…

MY WINTER MIND

Winter met my falling tears solidifying their instability memorializing them in ice Frozen prismatic reminders reflecting the fading light of all the lives I left behind All the words I’d lost left behind and ignored forever confined and suspended Every thought born alone like fingerprint snowflakes from a mind frozen and numb Every season of…

#BEREAL – Rebecca Lombardo

Please welcome my #BeReal guest today, Rebecca Lombardo. Many of my readers will relate to Rebecca.  I know I do.  All I can say is never give up. As I entered my senior year of high school, I noticed that my mood could change at the drop of a hat. I may get to school…

#BEREAL – MARTIN CONTEREZ

My #BeReal guest today is Martin Conterez. Today Martin tells us a beautiful story about being a father. I was just talking about how important I feel it is for us to be real for our children.  Thank you Martin for participating 🙂 I was walking to the metro with my daughter. Normally we drive…

#BEREAL – ACCIDENTALLY REFLECTIVE

Today’s #BeReal guest is Accidentally Reflective. So far we have had images of people to go along with each post but today our guest will remain anonymous.  This does not make her any less real.  Perhaps it allows her to be even more real. Hasty Words asked this question recently as part of her inspiring…

THE WILL TO LIVE

It comes and goes Like a river flows Over topography Volatile churning Erasing solid rock Yawning and tired Old and worn out Until it finds her Endless beauty Never changing Diving into air Lunging into life Eternal love So much so She feels like life