Do What Scares You: Publishing My Memoir

Robin Williams committed suicide a few weeks ago and devastated me. I initially thought my reaction was irrational since I knew the man no better than any other schmuck who likes movies. But, I quickly figured out my problem and started writing about it. That writing, coupled with a reinterpretation of pages from my unpublished … Continue reading Do What Scares You: Publishing My Memoir


Happy Bodhi Day!: Ashburn Patch Article

Merry Christmas! Happy Chanukah! Happy Kwanzaa! Merry Solstice! Happy Bodhi Day! … Are you still with me? There are almost as many holidays to celebrate at this time of year as there are religions. They mainly have one trait in common: peace, love and kindness to fellow man. Today, take some time out to recognize … Continue reading Happy Bodhi Day!: Ashburn Patch Article

Happily Failing at NaNoWriMo

This is my first year attempting NaNoWriMo. It’s actually my first year taking writing seriously. It’s always been a personal thing for me. Oh, I majored in English in college, studied under some phenomenal writing professors including Lucille Clifton and Debbie Pope, and have had a handful of poems published in national journals. I’ve been … Continue reading Happily Failing at NaNoWriMo

Steps to Getting Over Feeling Defeated

I find myself feeling defeated. The reasons are common – money, job, not enough time with family – so I won’t bore you with the details. I will bore you with what I’ve decided to do about it.Stop ObsessingIf I feel defeated for a long time – say, more than a day or two – … Continue reading Steps to Getting Over Feeling Defeated

A Facebook Profile Picture

My Cute Kid I was searching for statistics on women using Facebook when I came across this old Slate article by Katie Roiphe. She makes an interesting point about women who post photos of their children as profile pictures on Facebook. According to Roiphe, this loss of self is enough to make Betty Friedan role … Continue reading A Facebook Profile Picture

Getting Over Self-Censorship in Blogging

I've had this blog for a little over three years. At first I was Gung-Ho Blog! It was my space to release tension about my marriage, my friends, my job, and my world. I posted pictures of concerts, poetry about domesticity, and personal fears about lumps and careers. Strangers became friends and gave welcome feedback … Continue reading Getting Over Self-Censorship in Blogging

More thoughts

Sometimes I wonder who I am. I had it all figured out by the end of college. I was a Nickie. The people who knew me the best thought I was weird, dependable, and free. I just thought I was finally sane. That’s all I truly cared about. Sanity and friendship and love. Then I … Continue reading More thoughts

Living my way into a few answers…

So, life has been in limbo-land for a while for me.  I think I'll share...  I got a great new job; but my husband's job went completely wrong and he finally agreed that we should move.  It was exactly what we'd been planning for years, but with awful timing.  I found a lump in my … Continue reading Living my way into a few answers…