Five Thing Fridays: Inaugural Edition

I read a blog post today that explored the difference between depression and unhappiness. I tell you this because it is important to know that there are some things you can’t practice your way out of. Depression, which is mistakenly used as the antonym to happiness, cannot be cured with a gratitude journal. But it […]

Miss Mona’s Final Day

This was the year 2008. She was “fine” the day before. Well, as fine as  an 11-year-old dog with lymphoma could be. She ate, she played, she wagged her tail. She made her very special Mona sounds – low growls and whines – and she slept. But when I woke up that day, she wouldn’t […]

Lawrence Welk and the Potion of Dance

What are your earliest and fondest memories of dance? My earliest memory involved Bobby and Cissy from the Lawrence Welk show. Almost every evening, my mother would take us downstairs after dinner to watch the Lawrence Welk Show and whatever sitcoms came on afterwards. I had no idea these otherwordly experiences were called “reruns” … […]

Eight Series I’ll Be Watching on Netflix (And Then Some)

I think our $7/month investment in a Netflix subscription is one of our best. Yes, of course we watch Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. But I find so much more to watch. 1. Derek – this lovely little show from Ricky Gervais (yes) features one of the nicest people on earth. […]

8 Themes Of My Dreams

Ultraman Was Scary

I can’t recall specific great dreams or even my worst nightmare (who would want to?) so I thought of some recurring themes. 1. Banshee.  My father told me about the banshee when I was a kid. So wailing winds combined with the tree branches scratching my window and an overactive imagination led to some terrible […]

What Sort of Music – Just Sing a Song

Sesame Street Sing

Have you ever played in a band? Tell us all about that experience of making music with friends. If you’ve never been in a band, imagine you’re forming a band with some good friends. What instrument do you play in the band and why? What sort of music will you play? Fun question. I was […]

Eric Himan Tells Arizona He’s “Not Going Anywhere Tonight”

Eric Himan song about Arizona

I couldn’t take it. I had to write this song and put it out there.” I urge everyone to take it seriously. Bills like this could easily find its way across our country. Let’s stop it now and continue our fight for our freedom to live as ordinary citizens with equal rights under the law. […]

I turned 12 and then 13 and then 16 and now I’m 43

12 ball

You’re 12 years old. It’s your birthday. Write for ten minutes on that memory. GO. I hate these questions because most of the time – I don’t remember. Like many survivors of neglect and trauma, I don’t remember. Or I do remember, but much in the way I recall the storyline from a book or […]