Annie Lane has no quality advice, so she just tosses out the names of some resources. Bravo!

Dear Annie: I’ve hit a dead end and am not sure what to do. My family has become dysfunctional to the point of my wanting to take my husband and kids and move far away from them all. I am grown, married and have two sons. I have an adult brother, “Joey,” who has becomeContinue reading “Annie Lane has no quality advice, so she just tosses out the names of some resources. Bravo!”

Incapable of independent thought.

Dear Amy: My mother-in-law reaches out to me only when she is concerned about her son. He’s an only child, and she constantly worries about him. She calls or texts me to ask how he’s eating, exercising, his latest bowel movements … you get my drift. I want to think the best of her. IContinue reading “Incapable of independent thought.”

Whining and phoning it in.

Dear Amy: My adult middle child and I struggled during my parenting years. I always connected with her older brother and younger sister more easily than with her. I had no idea how much this hurt her until she moved out. Once during a conversation, she shared many, many incidents showing a lack of affection duringContinue reading “Whining and phoning it in.”

Where we find value.

So, for a handful of different reasons, I’ve been devaluing myself lately, but then my psychic friend, Ash, made me see how much value I have. It blew my mind. She reminded me of something I’d forgotten about myself. My life as a child and teen were pure hell, particularly starting at the age ofContinue reading “Where we find value.”

Silencing the dysfunction.

Dear Amy: In response to “Tired Ears,” I had a similar situation with my niece. She would call and talk nonstop. Mostly she wanted to rant about her mother (my sister), and how her mother always hated her, etc. So not true! Finally, I’d had it. I said to her, “Do not talk about myContinue reading “Silencing the dysfunction.”

Darn that Oprah and her infernal book club!

Well, there goes my happy buzz. I just spoke with Mother on the phone. She’s been reading an Oprah Book Club book about some parents of twelve kids, half of whom got schizophrenia. “They blamed the parents,” she wailed. I could see where things were headed at this point, but there was no polite escape.Continue reading “Darn that Oprah and her infernal book club!”

The benefits of moral superiority.

Today’s the second day of a three-day round in my coveted short-story competition. I woke in a great mood, well-rested, but with nothing yet written. No huge deal. Just me and the existential-crisis-triggering blank page. But then I opened my email, and there was a message from my mom. Oh, hell, no. I’d determined toContinue reading “The benefits of moral superiority.”

Jesus, He knows me…

For anyone who hasn’t heard the song “Jesus, He Knows Me” by Genesis, I highly recommend it. “I’ve been talking to Jesus all my life, and He’s been telling me everything gonna be all right, all right…” Yeah, so… my mother “happened” to me today. I went over to help her pack and get organizedContinue reading “Jesus, He knows me…”

Winter highs.

This is the greatest winter I’ve ever had. A year ago, I was messed up in the head over Nate. Two years ago, Mother fell down the stairs under suspicious circumstances. Three years ago… heck, even I can’t remember that far back. But winter isn’t always a series of bad circumstances. Basically I can neverContinue reading “Winter highs.”

Colossal waste of money. (Going to a casino would be more fun!)

So, I have gossip. I called Mother today because I wanted to add a bit of drama to my life. She didn’t disappoint. I was trying to tell her about my diet and my writing, but she had one thing on her mind: my evil sister’s upcoming nuptials. Apparently, Mother is heartbroken that my brotherContinue reading “Colossal waste of money. (Going to a casino would be more fun!)”

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