ALIVE

ALIVE Written by Rachel E Bledsoe Blogger at: The Misfits of a Mountain Mama I can breathe. The early morning hours announce, “It is time.” Writers, the real ones I know, keep strange bedfellows with those fleeting hours before dawn. I am no different. The clock says 1:34 a.m. and I lay there trying to…

#BeReal – MEGHAN SHULTZ

My #BeReal guest today is Meghan Shultz Millions of people, male and female, suffer from eating disorders.  Anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating are so common that you probably know several people in your everyday life fighting these disorders. Many are good at hiding it. Thank you Meghan for saying out loud what many people are…

#BeReal—MARY ROWEN

My #BeReal guest today is Mary Rowen. I pass people everyday and wonder what they are like.  This series is taking an image of a person and then we tell you their story.  Not a made up fictional story about how that person would like to be seen but their deep truths.  People are revealing what they believe makes…

#BeReal – MARK SCHUTTER

My #BeReal guest today is Mark Schutter I have known Mark for over a year and he writes beautiful poetry. He even sent me a first verse once and we took turns writing this poem CEMETARY VISIONS. Today he used his poetic skill to write about being real.  Thank you Mark for this submission.  THIS…

#BeReal – BRITON UNDERWOOD

My #BeReal guest today is Briton Underwood. I have a deep like and respect for my guest today.  I’ve watched as his writing found its groove growing edgier and more powerful.  His writing is good.  Really, really good.  But it’s how he defends his friends, lifts them up, and helps them succeed I love the most.…

#BeReal – GRETCHEN KELLAWAY

My #BeReal guest today is Gretchen Kellaway. It doesn’t really happen that often.  At least not to me.  I read a piece written by a stranger and feel it was MEANT for me at exactly the right time.  Gretchen wrote this when she submitted the piece: “Here is The Dance! I believe it may have always belonged…

#BeReal – JENNIFER HILDENBRAND

My #BeReal guest today is Jennifer Hildenbrand. Being real is so many different things.  It is about who you are in every phase of life.  Who you choose to be each moment.  We are all real even when we are pretending to be someone else because pretending is a choice we make. Much of Jennifer’s…

#BeReal – MELISSA SENECAL

My #BeReal guest today is Melissa Senecal. From one short person to another… Thank you for being real with us today Melissa! I have my reasons to #BeReal in my life. First of all I’m short (barely 5′ tall). I have taken lots of good-natured ribbing from people my whole life. Yes, I’ve heard all…

#BeReal- MATTHEW BLASHILL

My #BeReal guest today is Matthew Blashill. When I think of good guys, Matthew is always on that list.  He has a beautiful heart, a wonderful imagination, and he is a loving husband and father.  OK this may sound like a eulogy but he is very much alive and I am so very grateful for that.…

#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…