The Conflict of Contradiction

Meme with heading "Women's Magazine: Page 14: How to lose weight fast; Page 15: You're beautiful the way you are; Page 16: Cake recipe. Women (in this case, but I realize this applies to others!) are constantly bombarded with hypocritical messages. "Lose 30 pounds by summer!", a magazine headline blares as you are waiting in… Continue reading The Conflict of Contradiction

The Complex Conundrum of Comorbidity

Graphic depicting ADS and possible comorbid conditions So, I've spent the past few days in a huge boiling vat of stress with my two youngest at home. The teen has autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, sensory processing disorder and a learning disability, to name most of the letters floating around in her alphabet soup. I truly… Continue reading The Complex Conundrum of Comorbidity

Cutting off the Inner Clueless Curmudgeon

Ah yes, a meme about how we need to stop being so miserable and whiny and how we need to move forward with raging thoughts of nothing but positive ideas and shoving everything negative to the back recesses of our mind. OK. Are they accurate? Yeah, sure, quite so, sort of. All one needs to… Continue reading Cutting off the Inner Clueless Curmudgeon

The Many Mom Shaming Moments

Try to picture the scene. It's the middle of September in 2001. The country is still obviously reeling from the attacks on the country. There is still a bit of fear and tension in the air about crowds and such. My son was four years old at the time and with his Autism, ADHD and… Continue reading The Many Mom Shaming Moments

Groundbreaking Breakthroughs

I'll admit that many a blog post begins with a meme that sparks an idea. Memes are what they are, but to many, they can show up at just the right time and their meanings individualistic and sometimes inspiring to those who gaze upon them. This was one of them. Oftentimes I look around me… Continue reading Groundbreaking Breakthroughs

Save Me From Another Election Year

I'm going to work very hard here to not lean in any political direction. Being vague, yet opinionated is my goal here. Have mercy on me. It's not easy. Everyone has a favorite person, party, opinion and level of personal vitriol they are willing to project at any given time, but no time seems to… Continue reading Save Me From Another Election Year

Crack in the Castle

I recall a time when I was sitting in my former home after the loss of my husband and both parents. I was now a widow, with two children who are living with Autism. I was a stay-at-home mom, living in a home that had been flooded three times, including this moment I'm recalling. I… Continue reading Crack in the Castle

Where has all the kindness gone?

Over the past few months, I've noticed that I've become increasingly irritated at the general public as a whole. Not with everyone, as I am fortunate enough to encounter pleasant and joyful people in my daily travels and I gain happiness from them. It's the unpleasant encounters that seem to stick out more and more… Continue reading Where has all the kindness gone?

The Circuitous Nature of Self-Care VS Self-Sabotage

I have diabetes. I first "acquired" it through three bouts of gestational diabetes. After the birth of my first daughter, I was borderline Type II, but I didn't really take that great care of myself, for a myriad of reasons. So, when I became pregnant with my son, I pretty much had it again as… Continue reading The Circuitous Nature of Self-Care VS Self-Sabotage

Anxiety…Just the word makes me anxious

  Yup, that description is pretty much me. Every day, pretty much for as long as I can remember. Years ago, when I was first diagnosed with a panic disorder, PTSD and all the other things that have come to pass, at first, well, just the diagnosis made me super anxious. It took me quite… Continue reading Anxiety…Just the word makes me anxious