#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…