A miscarriage and an ugly divorce: She survived it all .. with a little help from the “unborn”

Yes. It happened to one of my friends. A dear one. She had married two years back and was about to give birth this year. Her partner and she had planned the baby and much to her shock, he did a complete volte-face after the baby was conceived. He didn’t want the baby anymore and blurted out all the “grave” reasons why they shouldn’t have it. He realized he needed more time and money to bring the baby up. My friend refused to budge and left her husband’s place for her mum’s. ...more

Beating the Odds and Surviving

Cancer. The word no one wants to hear. ...more

Long Term Unemployed, Talented, and Scared about the future

I hate balancing my checkbook and looking at the state of affairs with my finances. It's been four long years (feels like five or more, hence my math errors on the subject sometimes) since I was laid off from a small business in Manhattan.  18 months ago, money drove me out of the city I truly love (of all the many places I've lived, Brooklyn remains my favorite).  Money and mounting debt. ...more
A guardian angel west of the Missouri is watching over you.more

Thrilling Thursday - Life After Public Embarrassment

Thrilling Thursday – it is thrilling to know that good things are still possible after public humiliation....more

Uncomfortable While Pregnant

The most uncomfortable moment I ever had while pregnant, not when I was pregnant, but while a friend was pregnant.In November of 2005 I had a miscarriage and lost a baby. I was still in my first trimester and had not told people I was pregnant yet. At that point in time I had two children who were alive, well and running all over the house. However, the loss of that child, the ceasing to be of that person was a devastating thing. I only told a few people that I lost the child because, not one had known I was pregnant in the first place....more

10 Things I Learned From People Who Survive Cancer

When I interviewed women who had survived breast cancer for my art project The Woman Inside, I noticed that they all shared one remarkable thing in common.They had all faced down death and decided to live every day like it might be their last. And then they all beat cancer. ...more
As a twelve-year (disease free!) breast cancer survivor, artist, writer, and oncology nurse, I ...more

Catacombs of Paris

When I was in Paris in the fall we went to the Catacombs. I don't know what I was expecting. If I'd read anything about it beforehand besides where the entrance was and that it was a collection of bones (understatement of the century) perhaps I'd have been more prepared. You enter at one part of the city unaware and bubbly and emerge blinking and stunned at another....more