Free bananas & Community

What do you do when you go grocery shopping and unexpectedly get a lot of FREE [ripe] bananas......more

Happiness Is A Warm Gun......

One crucial ideal in my life, living with Bipolar Disorder, is my never-ending support system that will not go unnoticed.   My support system includes my Mental Health team (my shrink and therapist), my online support group, my family, and friends of course.   Normally when I'm in a session talking about my supports I reference my immediate support system, being my friends and family.  These are the people I can turn to at the drop of a hat when the $h*t$ about to hit the fan.  So far they've never let me down....more

The Art of Collaboration

bridget   Collaboration is a tricky thing, especially for a writer. When my friend Laura Hall first suggested we work together to create a family friendly musical that would be enjoyed by adults as well as kids, I was intrigued but also a little concerned. For one thing, she is a seasoned professional who trained and toured with Chicago’s famed Second City, and she also worked on “Whose Line is it Anyway” with Drew Carey....more

My Husband Won't Support My Dreams

My husband is in the Army, and is currently living 1,800 miles away from me while he trains for his upcoming deployment. In the meantime, I've been in the process of chasing a dream and starting my own business over the last year. It's been slow, tedious work, but I'm finally getting liftoff and gaining momentum. Each time I call and excitedly tell him about the good news, he pisses all over my joy. He'll get skeptical and cynical, and ask about the worst-case scenario, and offer a halfhearted, "Uh…well, congratulations…" It's heartbreaking. I love him to death, but I'm on the brink of doing something amazing and need his support and encouragement. Help! ...more
I am completely in the same situation. Over years of arguing and many times I have wanted to ...more


  "To dance is to be outside of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful....more

Nothing To Hide

Other person(s), sports, music, substances, shopping, experiences, family, exercise, pets, mediation....more

Reading, Writing and ?

by Lianne Castelino My soon-to-be 14-year-old son finished exams yesterday and boy did his parents ever learn a lot! We got quizzed, tested, stumped and were ultimately forced to find the right answer.  The issue is this:  do you know when to allow a child to find answers on their own and when to put that independence on hold, replacing it with parental support? ...more

Week 4

Last post, I wrote about my chance to ask my church family at Belfast U.M. church for support — prayer & financial — for my work with HOPE61. Well, the pastor there also pastors another nearby church, in Caneadea. He asked if I was interested in speaking there too! So Sunday I went to Caneadea’s service at 9:00 AM & then Belfast’s at 10:50. This was my first time officially presenting my ministry & I was quite nervous....more

Why Business Women Don´t Help Other Female Up?

"We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women´s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored," said Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in her recent May speech to Barnard´s Graduates. To achieve that goal, isn´t it about the highest time for business women to stop undermining each other and beginning to think of other females as allies, to build each other up instead of tear selves down? Isn´t it the highest time to build professionally supporting women role models, people can talk positively ab...more

Family Support for our New Niece

As we celebrated our daughter's return home following surgery (she had skull surgery due to a condition called craniosyntosis), we looked forward to finding out whether we would be having a niece or nephew in September. My BIL and SIL would be finding out the gender of their baby and we were pumped. What came next was a shock to say the least....more
I'm a bit late to this party. Your post link showed up under one of mine and I clicked on it. ...more