Anne-Marie

I'm a mother, mental illness fighter, HypnoBirthing instructor, wife, dog owner, aunt, English PhD school dropout and, of course, writer (in no particular order). I write about everything, here, no matter how scary, stigmatized or painful, from my anxiety disorders (plural) to life on public assistance. Join me as I share my journey through motherhood, mental health treatment, and The Sytem.

Thanksgiving Baking: How to Make Perfect Homemade Piecrust

Sigh!  Pie.  So comforting.  So old-timey.  Such tradition, and such a great way to take all that love that is just bursting out of your heart, put it in a dish and feed it to your family. ...more
It's all about the cold ingredients! I put the fats and the liquids in the freezer after ...more

Thanksgiving Baking: How to Make Perfect Homemade Piecrust

Sigh!  Pie.  So comforting.  So old-timey.  Such tradition, and such a great way to take all that love that is just bursting out of your heart, put it in a dish and feed it to your family. ...more
It's all about the cold ingredients! I put the fats and the liquids in the freezer after ...more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your November 2013 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more
How I'm staying sane using music (lullabies) and you can to. (Why won't the baby SLEEP ...more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your November 2013 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more
Why I write about my experience on government assistance, and an apology to past ...more

Trick or Tweet: Join our Bloggy Costume Party

Part of the joy of Halloween is seeing the costumes that parade by your front door when you pass out candy.  Just as we've perfected the virtual party via Twitter, there's no reason why we can't use a blog post to march up to each other's figurative door and show off our costume. After all, this is social media. So consider this open thread one big Halloween party with B.Y.O.A.B. (bring your own apple bobbing). ...more
Queen Bee and Baby Bee http://instagram.com/p/gJymaRR3qw/more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your November 2013 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more
gknupp I think the only reason I wrote something I'm proud of is that I forgot that I had to ...more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your November 2013 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more
Public Assistance, Family Values and Hard Work: Proud Welfare ...more

What We Can Learn From Coverage of A Mother Thing's Walmart Post

There was a girl at camp who told us stories that didn't quite add up. They may have been true, or they may have been outright lies; as kids, we had no way to know. My friends and I sometimes privately joked about the stories, which always ended with someone pulling the girl back from the brink of death, but we never confronted the girl, or publicly humiliated her, or called her mother to corroborate the story. Mostly because ... what if? ...more
Absolutely! I write about mental health and motherhood; I can't imagine people saying to my face ...more

Truth and Dare: If You Weren’t Afraid, What Would You Do?

What would you do if you weren’t afraid? With any part of your life–-personal, professional, voice, heart, body, and/or soul? You may wonder what Sheryl Sandberg, who keynoted BlogHer ’13, has to fear. Ms. Sandberg wrote #1 Bestseller Lean In just after taking Facebook public as Chief Operating Officer and, before that, making her let’s-call-it sayonara money as a Google executive. What’s she got to be afraid of ...more
@Lilpiglt That right there is why I went to a women's college. I wanted my college education to ...more

5 Things I Want to Tell Nigella Lawson

On Sunday, photos were published showing celebrity chef Nigella Lawson being grabbed on the throat by her husband. The photos splashed over the internet showed him holding her by the throat and her leaving the restaurant in tears. It should come as no surprise that this story caught my attention. Ten years working with women escaping domestic violence leaves its mark on a person. I will always be a victim advocate even if I am no longer in the field....more
Thank you for this: "Stay connected. Even if you choose to stay." A friend who was not ready to ...more