Barbara Coleman

My Mother thought I should learn to play piano when I was very young.  She liked that woman on the Lawrence Welk Show, I only remember her as the woman whose arms jiggled madly as she played the piano franticly, but her name was Jo Ann Castle.  I thought why would I want to do that?

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Are you as happy as you're ever going to be?

More than 25 years ago, I had a conversation with my friend, Lee (and now blogging partner) about happiness.  We were both young and stuck miserably in bad marriages and stressful jobs...we both just generally felt like a big steaming pile of unfulfilled drones.   As we sat in my upstairs bedroom of an unfinished renovated house, she watched as I struggled to assemble a cheap god awful shoe rack and said, “I wonder if I could be happy and not know it?”  At the time I was relatively sure that it just wasn’t possible....I said, “I don’t think that’s possible”...more

Lessons from a Narcissist Mother

You know that feeling you have in the middle of the night?  The one where you're laying in bed wide awake, your mind is busy and you can't find a position that brings you any comfort or a quiet mind.  Your tossing and turning in the quest to get comfortable seems like an endless struggle and you long for it to be over...eventually, you begin hoping for daylight....more