Tag Archives: Health

Once an Agoraphobic – Revisited

Thank you to everyone who read and liked or commented on my essay, “Once an Agoraphobic,” published recently on the “It’s All In Her Head Website,” edited by Laura Andre. For those of you who missed it and are interested, … Continue reading

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My Fight with Panic Disorder (Part I)

On the advice of a writer-acquaintance, I will be publishing excerpts from some of my essays here on my blog. I hope you will enjoy reading. Stuck in the Middle The cashier and the bag boy look at me as … Continue reading

Posted in Agoraphobia, Freaked out, lesbianism, Overcoming Fear, Panic Disorder, Shopping, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Redheaded Angel

“I like your chain,” she said. I looked up at the redhead, then down at my neck to see what I was wearing: a simple and inexpensive silver necklace. We were standing in the CVS Pharmacy for pick-up of prescription … Continue reading

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Water Bottles – A Monologue

  This is the monologue I worked on last week at the TMI Women’s Weekend Retreat. It’s by no means perfect either as a monologue or as anything else, but then again, this blog is named, “The Early Draft.”  You … Continue reading

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A great read about alcoholism, lesbians, triumph, and sex

It’s not often that I continue reading a book when, at first, I don’t like the lead character. For quite a few pages, this was the case with protagonist, Terry Manescu, in Bridget Bufford’s novel, Minus One: A Twelve-Step Journey. … Continue reading

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Hey, I’m a Free Bird

Usually when I’m in flight I read or let my mind drift, stare out the window at clouds or the lighted dots of cities in the dark. If I fly JetBlue, I watch Channel 13 – a little cartoon plane … Continue reading

Posted in Agoraphobia, Airplanes, Getting Older, High school., memories, Miracles, Music, Overcoming Fear, Panic Disorder, Public Readings, Reading, Reading Out Loud, The 1970s, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Conferences, Writing Retreats | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

How many Facebook friends have you done it with?

I like the hard, crackling buzz of number crunching. Dealing with words is so icky, sticky, messy, and imprecise. Maybe it’s the Taurus in me that likes strong, finite measurements that I can apply to the ludicrous events of my … Continue reading

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