Silence Is Intimidating

Not speaking leaves you alone with your own thoughts.  You attempt to override them with television and the internet but the truth of the matter is that even as you watch the Law & Order: SVU marathon, you're thinking.  I left for a while to get away and be alone with my thoughts.  I needed to not be in a space where I was constantly worrying about fixing other peoples' problems and could work on re-energizing myself.  One thing I've learned is that the only way that will happen is if you TAKE it. ...more

The Entire Right Wing is a Distraction

Sunday morning I found myself watching Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. His first guest of the hour was White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. During the interview Chris brought up the request by President Obama of Mitt Romney's tax returns. He challenged Gibbs with the argument that focusing on tax returns is only a distraction from the real issues. ...more

The Dark Side of Blogging

Bipolar is a serious condition. It is difficult to suffer from...especially undiagnosed which I was until 2010. Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is a mood disorder that causes radical emotional changes and mood swings, from manic, restless highs to depressive, listless lows. Most bipolar individuals experience alternating episodes of mania and depression. ...more

Fifty Shades of Grey: What's Your Pleasure?

A few weeks ago the girls asked me if I'd read Fifty Shades of Grey.  I hadn't.  All I knew about it at the time is that it involved some eroticism and was being labeled as mommy porn.  I didn't see the big deal about a little spanking but TJ informed me that it was apparently a lot more than a little spanking.  So I promised to use my free hour of reading at B&N on my nook to investigate further and report back.  It took a few weeks because I was not about to abandon my quest to finish the High Heel Series by my beloved author Gemma Halliday, but I finally got around to it today. ...more

Baby Steps

I've heard from various sources that mental disorders are hereditary.  All my life I've known that my mother simply didn't get me.  She would become frustrated with me and lash out by saying "you're just like your father!"  Well apparently she was right.  Dear old pops was diagnosed as bipolar and manic depressive back in 2009 and now religiously takes his medication to remain balanced.   And he gets me. ...more
Saying "Hang in there" to someone who is suffering from depression is so...not helpful. And I ...more

"A Thousand Words" With Yoga Master Anthony Williams

Eddie Murphy is Jack McCall, a fast-talking literary agent, who can close any deal, any time, any way. He has set his sights on New Age guru Dr. Sinja (Cliff Curtis) for his own selfish purposes. But Dr. Sinja is on to him, and Jack's life comes unglued after a magical Bodhi tree mysteriously appears in his backyard. With every word Jack speaks, a leaf falls from the tree and he realizes that when the last leaf falls, both he and the tree are toast. ...more

Nobody Knows the Trouble I See

I'm going to write a post about how it feels to be depressed. You definitely should. It will touch and reach a lot of people. There is a big difference between being sad and being depressed and folks honestly don't understand. ~ SoJo Diva: I'm listening to Jennifer Holliday. She was so talented that it's a shame she never moved past Dreamgirls. Just like Phyllis Hyman...so talented to be so torn. ...more

Trickle Down Economics

"Trickle-down economics" and "the trickle-down theory" are terms that refer to the policy of providing across the board tax cuts or benefits to businesses and the wealthy, such as tax breaks, in the belief that this will indirectly benefit the broad population. The term has been attributed to humorist Will Rogers, who said during the Great Depression that "money was all appropriated for the top in hopes that it would trickle down to the needy." ...more
Trickle down economics! Let's call it what it really is "tinkle down economics." more

One Flight Up: Susan Fales-Hill

One of my favorite blogs to stalk since getting a library card recently posted a review of Ms. Fales-Hill's newest book and the description of a crew of diversly sexy women pulled me in like quicksand. ...more

2to2: Going in a New Direction

I have lived behind a mask for 3 years.  My best friend would always say "you should blog about what you're going through.  So many people can identify." but I blew her off.  No one could possibly identify with what I was going through.  Not only that but do you know how embarrassing it is to be homeless and separated and broke?  It's still something I'm not sure I want to admit to the general public.  Do you know that there are people who come here on a regular basis and keep up with my life in hopes that everything I touch will fail?  Do you know how much joy they would receive in life to know that this is the first "HOME" I've had since May 2009?  I can think of 5 people who have reached orgasmic giddy just reading this so far.  I didn't want to give them that satisfaction. ...more