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!)”

Meg’s still angry! (And who wouldn’t be?)

I slept late today, until 1:30, and had a hard time surfacing. I kept falling back into dreams. In particular, I dreamt my brother was living in our spare room in the basement, and for whatever reason, I was sleeping in his bed. And he’d catch me and say, “What the hell are you doing,Continue reading “Meg’s still angry! (And who wouldn’t be?)”

The biggest narcissist in Louisville.

My mother, ladies and gentlemen, is a [bleep]. For those of you who followed my old blog, I’m sure I don’t need to convince you. These were her antics (in short-list form) from today, when I went to take her to her doctor’s appointment: She harassed me about  my birth name, [M-word]. She had anContinue reading “The biggest narcissist in Louisville.”

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