WE ARE BOOKMARKS

She fell away from me Differently from the others I sat watching as pieces Fell apart then together As she struggled earnestly And sometimes gave up Exhausted from the trying She had found and built Something solid finally A plan, a person, a life full So many smiles and laughs So much beauty and love…

#BeReal -STEPHANIE MUSARRA

Please help me welcome Stephanie Musarra to #BeReal as she shares with us her experience with homelessness.  It is easy to make assumptions about someone who is homeless because let’s face it… many of us have never been there.  We tend to believe this is a problem we will never be faced with.  But I…

PAINTED FACES

What you chose to hide is a choice. What you keep from the world is a choice. There are decisions to be made and your choices will matter. Trust will be built or dishonesty and manipulation will be sown. You will hide things without even realizing it. In this way… we are all artists. It’s…

TABLOID DEMONS

I hope you understand that everyone has a story and that story is rarely conveyed by what someone looks like.  I am not a big fan of the People of Walmart posts.  I love to laugh I just don’t love laughing at people. If laughing at people is your thing, and sometimes it is hard…

#BeReal – SA SMITH

Today I am honored to welcome SA Smith to #BeReal. When I was asked to participate in the Be Real campaign I was honored. I thought of course, this is right up my alley. If you are familiar with my column, Byte of Life, at Feminine Collective you know I am all about being your…

BROKEN CONCENTRATION

  My words get drawn Letter by letter And by the time they are spoken They are nearly all faded As transparent as invisible ink Passed over and overlooked Not important Or too insignificant The power put into them Stolen By passing parades Negligent attention spans And broken concentration

#BeReal – FAT BOTTOM GIRL

Please welcome today’s #BeReal guest, Fat Bottom Girl. The load of shame I carry on a daily basis weighs me down. I wish I could tell you when I picked up this particular baggage, but I cannot.  I’ve carried it so long, that it’s become a part of me; melded into my marrow. My shame…

THREE CONNECTIONS

I would like to thank my Relationships Are Hard guest today Robert Wertzler. Three Connections By Robert Wertzler This is a story of three people with three relationships.  I was one of them.  I will call the other two Mary and Jane.  Those were not their names.  They were clients of the county mental health…

DECONSTRUCTING SELF-DESTRUCTION

I logged onto Facebook this morning and was shown this memory from the past. It is a picture of an old friend and my daughter.  I love this picture.  I don’t hold onto memories very well anymore.  My short term is horrible and I have lost many older memories too.  Sometimes pictures will snap the past…