I am having one of those days where I am weepy. I am crying over everything. I feel every nerve is exposed. I am trying desperately to find something joyous and uplifting but I feel stifled and inadequate. I feel small. I feel like a failure. How do I go from feeling like I am […]

A Writer’s Lament

I used to write poetry I used to have voices in my head I used to let them out play To be verses instead Now the words feel stilted I’ve shut them out too long They’ve gone away And now I pray For what I’d long cursed as wrong Come back to me my darling […]

Free is always cheap

When I entered the ninth grade, I was in another new town and my seventh new school. Madonna was the most popular performer on the radio and like many other teen girls, I admired her gutsiness. She was everything I wasn’t but wished I was — bold, daring, brazen, and absolutely unapologetic about it. I […]

25 LIFE LESSONS FOR MY SON: Things I Have Learned

(A little context here. I have been an emotional wreck for the past month as my “baby” finished his last year of high school. He’s officially a graduate. I wrote these for him as he ventures from the security of his parent’s nest out into the world of things I cannot protect him from. Like […]