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BPD Questions and Answers

Borderline personality disorder continues to weasel its way into my life—sometimes more or less sought out, sometimes popping up out of nowhere. I had been promoting my book to an online support organization for family members of people with BPD, when the person with whom I was exchanging emails suddenly called me one day. She started […]

On Track?

Last week I taped an interview for the City of Canton (my hometown) TV station. My sister-in-law Penni knows the host, Betty Smith, and Penni did the legwork to arrange my appearance on Betty’s show “On Track with Betty Mac.” I start around 15:15. It was fun. Betty was prepared and very welcoming. Her questions showed […]

Serendipity

“A certain man once lost a diamond cuff-link in the wide blue sea, and twenty years later, on the exact day, a Friday apparently, he was eating a large fish—but there was no diamond inside. That’s what I like about coincidence.” —Vladimir Nabokov A weird concatenation of circumstances. Coincidence. Or, as we sometimes say in our […]

Another Gift

Kimberlee Roth’s book Surviving a Borderline Parent: How to Heal Your Childhood Wounds & Build Trust, Boundaries, and Self-Esteem helped me a lot when I began exploring the possibility that my my mom had suffered from borderline personality disorder.  Everything about it was calming. When I would stress about getting things “right,” I’d go back to […]

At Long Last

It’s been years of writing, reading, revising, waiting, feeling hopeful, not feeling hopeful, and waiting some more. Missing: Coming to Terms with a Borderline Mother is now available, published by Red Giant Books this week. Try always to patronize your local independent bookstore. That applies here. Even though stores will not have my book in stock, they […]

Dickens and Goodness

Although I just finished Bleak House, which I began back in January, don’t ask me who Gridley is, because some of the minor characters are a muddle in my mind. I could tell you a little about Smallweed and Snagsby and Guppy and the Reverent Mr. Chadband, but just now I can’t recall Gridley’s deal. So many subplots, so […]

Required Reading

I haven’t read many books recently because I’ve been reading Bleak House, Charles Dickens’s 800-page novel of 1853. It was supposed to be my winter break project, but I started it late, after New Years, and it’s seeped into the second semester, which started two weeks ago. I’m surprised it’s taking me this long, but […]

Afflicting the Comfortable

  Pope Francis’s shout-out to Dorothy Day in his speech before Congress yesterday gives me an excuse to share my favorite Dorothy Day story. Day, of course, was the co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement in the 1930s, which still publishes its newspaper (of the same name) and maintains over 200 houses of hospitality in cities […]

“Stories Matter. Many Stories Matter”

  While reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s epic novel Americanah, I checked out YouTube for a glimpse of her and found two TED talks. One’s on feminism, and the other is called “The Danger of a Single Story.” In the “story” talk, Adichie explains how often we swallow a single version of a person or place […]

A Movie out of Time

I leapt outside my comfort zone today and saw Blade Runner, Ridley Scott’s 1982 cult film, at my husband’s venue, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Normally this would be an easy call: I don’t see Blade Runner. I’ve never seen Blade Runner. I’m not a Blade Runner sort of person. I’m not a science fiction fan, […]