The Abnormal Mom's Survival Guide

Essays on finding grace during the not-so-finer things in life.

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Last May I shared a story with an audience in Philadelphia about the day I decided to take my own life. This is that story.

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Joe Walsh, a member of the immortal rock band, The Eagles, once said, “As you live your life it appears to be anarchy and chaos and random eve...

Maybe you don’t know this, but I’m sober. I made my decision to stop drinking without a public service announcement, bells, whistles or fanfare. I was simply forced to make a difficult decision and I did. 

Since then, I’ve realized that alcoholism is only one addiction that requires a difficult decis...

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I avoid vacation. I don’t like the inconvenience of packing up and relocating to a place where I can do the same thing I can do from home. It drives my family crazy but honestly, it’s not my fault. Living in Philadelphia with its vast options for entertainment and recre...

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Yeah, I have anxiety. For years I’ve said that I don’t but within every definition of the condition, it’s evident. I do. Leaving the house is an undeserved chore and I’d rather starve than watch the automatic doors greet me at the grocery. The thought of abandoning the...

On March 9, 2015, I was invited to sit down with author, founder of The Anthony Group, Inc. and The Entrepreneurs Network and business Impresario, Rick Anthony, to talk about the feature film based on my novel "The Aliquot Sum" and other things on the topic of being "different."


I want to thank Rick...

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I doubted the pond had anything more to say, I mean, how many times could I stand by murky water and get a message? The urge that day to plant myself on the rock wall amid goat turds and mown grass debris to dangle my feet in the cool water was, I felt, ridiculous, but...

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Good luck, bad luck, fate, destiny, karma.


Each word elicits an emotional response. Each describes something that seems out of my control. As such, I don’t care for them. I don’t appreciate my emotions jump-roping through commas like an Indy car leading the heart of my...

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I arrived, anxious and hesitant, even with my husband by my side, wondering what the day would bring. 


Then instantly in the sparsely populated room, I sideswiped a stranger, making me feel like an imbecile. Politely she apologized, as did I since it appeared to me to...

This article also appeared as a guest blog at Dragon Intuitive online.


It’s overcast so I intend to speed past, believing that without the sun, nothing will shine. But I’m wrong— admittedly. I stare into the still water, opaque darkness obliterating what I might see beyond the surface. As I watch, w...

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For one reason: to bloom.


That’s why a flower exists. That’s why we exist. That’s why I exist. But it wasn’t always like that.


If you desire something other than what life has become, the shift you’re looking for will never occur until you embrace one thing: awareness—...

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