Tag: vulnerability

The morning after tragedy


I recently read screenwriter Eric Roth finished writing a sequel to Forrest Gump on September 10, 2001.  Then September 11th happened. After September 11th, Roth said the story just felt, “meaningless” and trashed the script. And we, the audience, were left forever imagining what could have been. I imagine Eric Roth woke up on the […]

Trying to answer the unanswerable questions


~This is a new post~ Five and a half years later and there are still a few pieces missing in my health puzzle. My doctors and I have checked under the table. Lifted the carpet. Felt between the couch cushions. And still nothing. I spent so much time, and energy, in the spring of my […]

I’m thinking of you, Alex Trebek


~This is a new post~ Friday evening I watched a full episode of Jeorpardy!. I’ve always enjoyed the show (even unsuccessfully attempted an online tryout) but the show airs weekdays at 7 pm, a time I’m usually carting the kids of to some practice or game. My reason for tuning in was part curiosity, part […]

I was rejected


A few months ago I applied to present at a one-day conference for writers and teachers. Yesterday I received a rejection email. When I got to the second line, “Unfortunately…” I  deleted the email, blasting it into email oblivion as my mind shouted madman things: “Who are they to reject me?!” “They don’t know what […]

To celebrate 100 subscribers…


To celebrate 100 subscribers I’m gifting “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” and a “Life favors the brave” bookmark to Megan C.– Write on Fight on’s 100th subscriber. I want to thank everyone who has shared this journey with me. I know your life is full. It’s demanding, packed with commitments, and ripe with responsibilities. And […]

Oranges (or raising a 10 year old)


~This is a new post~ An older woman with black-rimmed eyeglass and a red fedora is peeling an orange. Her unpainted and clipped finger nails strip away the dimpled skin. She didn’t know, or pretended not to care, that I was watching her peel and place both the skin and pith in a paper towel […]

How I spent my snow day (or trying to make a connection)


~This is a new post~ I totally nerded-out on my snow day. I spent the day writing a letter to Tim O’Brien– author of my favorite book, The Things They Carried. After some internet recon (sounds more upstanding than stalking) I found that Tim O’Brien currently teaches creative writing at Texas State University. In 2010, […]

How to Cross a Threshold


The following post, “How to Cross a Threshold” was originally published on March 18, 2018. This piece was also published in “Generations”, a quarterly publication that explores ataxia research and promotes ataxia awareness.     If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of […]

It’s been a tough week ~Taking My Own Advice~


It’s been a tough week. You know–one of those weeks where multiple things break, plans halt and change, arguments ensue, and the shit rises and officially hits the fan. It’s been a week of little frustrations, piling on each other, making one, hot snarling big frustration that stands bow-legged, arms-crossed, and grins six inches from […]

Why Problems are Special Opportunities


Four weeks into VRT (Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy) and I’m coming along– one step at a time. My physical therapist and I agreed that I’m at 75%. Meaning another 25% and we both feel I’ll be able to start to run again. In a weird, frustrating, and fascinating way devoting my summer to learning how to […]