I write novels, poetry, short stories, satire, speeches, commentary and will be releasing two audiobooks later this year.
Saturday’s with Dad
I’ll never forget spending Saturday mornings with my dad. First we’d go to my grandfather’s house for breakfast. We ate Jok and that’s no joke! Laughing aside if you didn’t already know, “Jok” is Asian rice porridge with meat and bean curd garnished with green onions and peanuts. After breakfast, we’d drive out to this bar he helped manage. That’s where I first learned to count, do basic math, and understand simple bookkeeping. I’d count out stacks of money and wrap them in paper bindings for him to deposit at the bank. He’d also check inventory against sales receipts and logs.
Should I Take an Antidepressant?
I am by no means and expert. I'm just an advocate trying to start a conversation. I can only share the knowledge I have through experience. It's important to understand which type of depression you have before you decide which treatment option is best for you, in your particular situation. Everyone is different. Everyone responds differently to each individual pharmaceutical option.
C'est La Vie (This is Life)
To put it honestly my favorite emotion is hypomania. This feeling is my drug of choice similar to feeling spun. During these mini episodes I barely sleep and hyper-focus on writing. It's common in these phases for me to have to be pried away from my desk by my husband after writing for more than 12 hours at a time.
Did you know they still use Electric Shock Therapy?
In the summer of 2020 I had the worst manic-psychotic episode of my 16 years dealing with Schizoaffective Disorder. I went from full blown manic to catatonic (the most severe symptom of depression). It happened in less than 72 hours, something that is theoretically impossible. My husband was faced with a terrible choice. He had to apply for temporary-immediate guardianship to allow him to consent to a treatment that I had told him I never wanted. ECT or Electroconvulsive Therapy was used for many years unethically in things like Gay Conversion Therapy. It was once famous for its controversy, perceived as brutal and is depicted in the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as torture.
Dear Mama, I want you to know that I love being the “cool aunt”; I wouldn’t trade being able to play with my nieces and nephews without the responsibilities of bedtimes, diapers, and getting up early to make lunches. I love my marriage of almost 11 years and wouldn’t trade the freedom we have to travel, stay out late, and pursue the careers of our dreams. But I must confess, I struggle with my identity one day a year. That’s on Mother’s Day when everyone I see wishes me a “Happy Mother’s Day.” I just smile and say “thank you” as my heart breaks inside.
Why Writing HTML is a lot Like Taking Good Notes
Building a web page is kind of like building a house. You use HTML to frame the structure and CSS to design the layout. When you first start using HTML you may struggle with how to connect the concepts to understand the syntax. Syntax has to do with the logic behind why you are building your page the way that you are and choosing a particular tag. If you don’t know what a tag is, it is an element that creates an output indicated with an opening and closing <> (ex:the paragraph tag <p>your text here </P.)
Freedom isn't Free
Flash POV My name is Flash. I was born by c-section 2 years ago on Christmas Eve in a litter of five pups where only 4 of us survived. The vet called us mutts and I can see why; because we all look so different. Out of all of us, I was the only one that looked like a Husky; with gray and white fur. My sister Daisy was the only one who got the Husky blue eyes.