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!”

Intergenerational?

So, it occurred to me that I’m not losing weight despite my iffing (intermittent fasting). And it’s not that my body’s being resistant, although it might be. It’s more like this: when I can eat (after 4:00 PM each day), I eat junk foods. Sometimes I even find myself eating junk food for no discernibleContinue reading “Intergenerational?”

Escape! Freedom!

Writing my memoirs here… I’m around eight, nine, ten years old here. I was troubled and unhappy. I woke up once in the middle of the night surrounded by bright orange flames. I knew I was going to burn alive. It would be unbearably painful, and if I were unlucky, I’d live… only to spendContinue reading “Escape! Freedom!”

Like a mother.

I’m exhausted. The iffing (intermittent fasting) went well. I made it until 6:45 PM, which is 22.25 hours overall (I think). But that aside, I unwisely chose to spend the day with my mother. The problem is that, having not seen her since much earlier this year, I “forgot” how odious she can be. AndContinue reading “Like a mother.”

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.”

The party’s over!

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I have been having trouble setting boundaries with my mother-in-law. Our county is currently under a stay-at-home order. This weekend, she invited her two sisters and two nieces over to my house for a socially distanced al fresco dinner — one to which I had originally only invited her, her son andContinue reading “The party’s over!”

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.”

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