Just For Today, Let's All Be Poignantly Happy

So I was doing some research on videos that make me happy, and pulled up this remembered gem: Of course, now it comes with a big ole side of sad, but still...it's nice to remember Robin Williams at his crazy best. And I have a feeling that's what he'd want us to remember anyway.Happy Friday everyone, and enjoy the song stuck in your head for the rest of the day ....more

The Ghost Of Who I Used To Be

 This has been a week of ghosts. It all started with an announcement that I happened to catch via a couple of different social media outlets....more

The Ghost Of Who I Used To Be

This has been a week of ghosts.It all started with an announcement that I happened to catch via a couple of different social media outlets. She Writes Press is running a Memoir contest. The deadline for entries is the end of this month (gulp!) and certainly, discovering this two weeks out would normally lead to me sighing, shrugging and vowing I'll remember it for next time.Except....Read more » ...more

Question For The Masses: What Food Can You Not Eat Anymore?

When I was a kid, my Mom used to make us corned beef hash sandwiches on Wonder Bread with Miracle Whip. We'd have it for dinner sometimes, and I think I would have rather eaten a big, steaming plate of breaded donkey sphincters.BLEH.I loathed the stuff. And since leaving my parent's home, I have never eaten it since ....more

Mostly Wordless Wednesday - Pure Serenity

It was sunset on the beachMy favorite time to be thereThe lifeguards have taken their chairs downMost of the beach has been emptied of peopleThe kites come outThe kids stay closer to shore in the waning lightThe sky gets that wonderful pinky-purply colorAnd every wave crash and call of a gull sings the song of a sea that's older than time, older than people, predating and creating us allI scrunch my toes into the wet sand, feeling the water lap around my anklesFeeling the spray on my face and the breeze lift my hairI close my eyesAnd we are a part of each otherTimeless and moving, changing, surging, recedingI breatheContent to do that, and only that[Follow Ellie's...more

And Today In The News....Oh, Those Good Old College Days

Did I ever tell you I once floated a severed sheep's head in a campus fountain? No, I'm sure I forgot to mention that. As I recall, I was drunk, and so was another good actor friend of mine, coming from our birthday party (our birthdays were two days apart) and the local food market sold whole, skinned sheep's heads for some reason ....more

When The Doctor Says The Word "Tumor" And Your Child Is The One He's Talking About, The Whole World Spins

My daughter has a tumor.Calm down, now. Breathe.It's not as bad as it sounds....hopefully. The nurse (and the internet) reassured me that this tumor is most likely benign, and these types of tumors are found in people under 30, especially if they're younger and still growing. They'll biopsy it to be sure, of course.Of course.My daughter's tumor is on her femur and it may or may not be the cause of the leg pain that took us to the doctor in the first place....more

When The Doctor Says The Word "Tumor" And Your Child Is The One He's Talking About, The Whole World Spins

My daughter has a tumor.Calm down, now. Breathe.It's not as bad as it sounds....hopefully. The nurse (and the internet) reassured me that this tumor is most likely benign, and these types of tumors are found in people under 30, especially if they're younger and still growing ....more

I Had Been Saving This For A Future Blog, And Now I Don't Even Want To Use It

I saw it originally on Reddit, I think. I read it, and I thought, "He's right."My second thought was "Well, the man is a freaking genius, of course he's right."Here it is: I'm not going to give you a lesson on the lies depression tells you. The isolation your mind enforces on you ....more

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: When Socks Become Outlaws, Only Outlaws Will Have Socks

Fear the girl with the pirate socksFor the spirit of adventure...more