The doorbell rang at the worst possible time. The kids were having their usual dinner time meltdown, the casserole was burning in the oven, and Mark still wasn’t home from work. With everything Ellen had to do to get ready for tomorrow, she really needed Mark’s help tonight. She yanked open the oven and pulled … Continue reading Picture Perfect : A Christmas Short Story
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I awake exhausted From a languid night And the long day that threatens Eyes too blurry from the past To focus on today Absentmindedly, I lotion Skin that stretches to accommodate My sins My moods My memories The heat is unbearable But I wear this blanket of shame to keep me in To keep you … Continue reading Skinsuit Season
For years, I've struggled with depression, anxiety, OCD, and eating disorders. Wow. You know? As a writer, that has to be the weakest sentence I've ever written. Let me rephrase that: Since puberty, I've been overwhelmed by feelings of crushing hopelessness, fear and panic. Time and again, as recently as a few months ago, depression … Continue reading Stop Hiding, Start Fighting
I think there are times when we all feel like this. Like we're empty. Burned out from the demands of others. I've felt like this at various times in my life. Right now, I feel like I'm empty, but it's probably due to not doing anything to take care of myself. I haven't filled my … Continue reading Shut the Refrigerator Door