Why Would Anyone Live This Way

Desperado Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses? You been out ridin’ fences for so long now Oh, you’re a hard one But I know that you got your reasons These things that are pleasin’ you Can hurt you somehow Don’t you draw the Queen of Diamonds, boy She’ll beat you if she’s ableContinue reading “Why Would Anyone Live This Way”

OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE. NYT

Don’t take on other people’s baggage I worked on an emergency mental health/suicide hotline. One really busy night, early in my tenure, I answered the line. Before I got even one word out, a voice shouted into the phone, “I’m going to kill myself and then I’m going to kill you,” and hung up. I’llContinue reading “OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE. NYT”

Getting Better All The Time

My journey from birth until age 41, as written in my memoir, SURVIVOR, is based on parental influences and childhood experiences. Having been given a fairly limited set of coping skills and an excess of emotional baggage, my life choices had been based on dysfunction, fear, anger, ignorance, defensiveness, anger, addiction, control, trial, and error.Continue reading “Getting Better All The Time”