Before, During, And After The Storm

For those of you who don’t know me personally, a tornado hit my small rural hamlet on July 6, 2022. Riding the heels of Ohio’s first Independence Day where fireworks were actually legal, it caused quite a shock to our senses. Granted, there’s no “good” time for disaster to strike, but this definitely qualifies asContinue reading “Before, During, And After The Storm”

Grief Doesn’t Stop When People Stop Wanting to Listen

It’s been nine revolutions of the Earth since you left the mortal plane. I don’t talk about you as openly as I once did. People seem to have an understanding that I was never taught, that there is an amount of time that passes where I’m supposed to be over the loss. Quite frankly, IContinue reading “Grief Doesn’t Stop When People Stop Wanting to Listen”

Faceless Stigma

When I first decided to share my diagnosis of depression and acute anxiety, my motives were somewhat fueled by self interest. I knew nothing about either condition aside from preconceptions I had gleaned from experiencing it through tangential relationships. Generally people don’t deep dive into a topic that doesn’t affect them personally, or affect someoneContinue reading “Faceless Stigma”

For the Love of Humanity

It is said that one’s true character is revealed in crisis, not in calm. Over the last two years, the world has been in crisis, and the revelations have shocked me to my core. It doesn’t matter which side of the vaccine debate you are on, as both sides have become complicit in the erosionContinue reading “For the Love of Humanity”

The Grace To Be Yourself

Judging by the virtual cobwebs, you can rest assured that being myself includes a lack of consistency in many areas, including keeping current on this blog. This year has had my energy ebbing and flowing like the tides, sadly without the timing and regularity. Maybe I need my own moon to control it, but presentlyContinue reading “The Grace To Be Yourself”

In Remembrance of My Fairy

Eighteen years ago chance and a penchant for reality television brought an amazing woman into my life. It was back when message boards were all of the rage and being a shy introvert I didn’t even use my real name. Back then I was OpenHeart. I mostly lurked. Being raised on “stranger danger” I hadContinue reading “In Remembrance of My Fairy”

PR Spin Has Lost Its Power

Whether we’re talking about picturesque Dutch windmills or modern wind turbines, spin has always been a key to power. Hollywood has been rife with scandal since its inception in the early 1900s and where there is scandal, there is a need to manage it. Enter: the spin of public relations. Information has always been aContinue reading “PR Spin Has Lost Its Power”

Monsters

Not all monsters look scary, all grotesque and hairy Or they couldn’t do monstrous things. Some look rather average, not remotely that savage And some come like angels with wings. They’ll promise you pleasure or untold of treasure You’d never believed you’d behold Others fulfill your dreams, with delight you will scream Until their trueContinue reading “Monsters”