Month: February 2015

Another Moment That Snuck Up On Me


This year, my daughter decided to participate in the orchestra pit for her school’s production of Pippin. I caught tonight’s performance and it was simply amazing! I could gush on and on…and I was…clapping myself silly…standing ovation…whole house cheering. Then the pit floor started to rise (did I mention my daughter is in the pit?).  Seriously, the moment snuck up on me…it took my breath away. There she was. My girl. Just seeing her there…I […]

Unconditional Love


I just finished reading a post that got me thinking…not that I haven’t thought about this before.  The author was presumably referring to unconditional love within the context of an adult relationship, specifically his or her own marriage.  I’m not going to link or re-blog because I suspect my differing opinion would be offensive or hurtful to the author. But I do have a very different opinion on unconditional love among mature adults in romantic partnerships: unconditional […]

DIY Trauma Healing


DISCLAIMER:  I sometimes describe myself as  “neuroscience geek” because I’m fascinated by humans and this business we call life.  Maybe I’m smarter than the average bear on this topic because I’ve read a lot and explored a lot myself, but at the end of the day, I’m a lay person.  I am not, by profession, trade or educational background, a researcher, doctor, therapist or anything else that could be considered an expert, by anyone’s yard […]

The DSM Sucks


Psychiatry, as a subspecialty of medicine, aspires to define mental illness as precisely as, let’s say, cancer of the pancreas, or streptococcal infection of the lungs. However, given the complexity of the mind, brain, and human attachment systems, we have not come even close to achieving that sort of precision. Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Music: A Stroll Down Memory Lane

Nuggets / Stories

Anyone who has met me more than twice could tell you how deeply I’m moved by music. Not that I have ever been able to create music, nor do I think I have any kind of technical expertise or even overly sophisticated taste in music…but still, I am a voracious consumer and I like to think my musical horizons are far reaching. Listening to Cliffs of Dover earlier today got me a little nostalgic, to […]

Cliffs of Dover

Stories / Video

Inspiration comes at the damnedest times and from the damnedest places. I have been experimenting with different post formats lately, and I was thinking this morning I should try a video post. I was poking around in my bookmarks on YouTube to see if anything jumped out at me, and voilà, a story was born.

Writing Prompt: Personal Space


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Personal Space.” Given that this blog is about a week and 6 posts old, it is entirely a place for my own self-expression – regardless of what I may have in mind for its purpose or longevity. Frankly, the thought of visitors and readers is quite terrifying and I’m not sure if I’m ready for any. Surely I can’t be the only new blogger who actively discourages […]

Fun Water Cooler Convo Today

Kinda Funny / Rants

To set the stage…I work for a really small company with a very laid back, relaxed & friendly atmosphere. There are usually only 3 or 4 people in the office on any given day and we have a motto of sorts when it comes to dress code: we’re like 7-Eleven…no shoes, no shirt, no service. Beyond that, just about anything goes. Oh, and 99% of the time, I’m the only human in the room with […]

Be Careful Who You Make Memories With

Gallery / Nuggets

It’s October, 2013 and I’m about to leave for Italy with the gentleman I often refer to as ‘both my greatest tormentor and greatest teacher’. It’s already been a year of great tumult at that point – complete with all the classic roller-coaster-and-eggshell-walking red flags which are common in BPD relationships…all of them completely missed and overlooked on my part. Denial was quite the luxury then. I remember talking to my best friend before that […]