It’s been 35 years for me and now I am owning it and I’m there for others who struggle with mental illness, suicide, anxiety, depression, and addiction. We are beautiful, resilient, creative, loving, and wise people. I met a young girl on Facebook that was hospitalized 11 times last year as she struggled with suicidal ideation and two almost successful attempts. Since she has been in recovery, she is an inspiration with her love and wisdom as she shares her healing process. I told her, lets do it. Let’s get that semicolon tattoo that means something special to us and as we meet people, give them encouragement and strength as we share our stories and hope. Peace to all who struggle and who have struggled. You’re not alone and there’s nothing to be ashamed of or hide. No stigma is greater than the beautiful soul that you are. ♥ ♥ ♥

I hope my writing reflects this.

I just can’t live without you

Sister Golden Hair

By, America

Well, I tried to make it Sunday, but I got so damn depressed
That I set my sights on Monday and I got myself undressed
I ain’t ready for the altar but I do agree there’s times
When a woman sure can be a friend of mine

Well, I keep on thinkin’ ’bout you
Sister Golden Hair surprise
And I just can’t live without you
Can’t you see it in my eyes?
I’ve been one poor correspondent
And I’ve been too, too hard to find
But it doesn’t mean you ain’t been on my mind

Will you meet me in the middle?
Will you meet me in the air?
Will you love me just a little?
Just enough to show you care?
Well, I tried to fake it
I don’t mind sayin’, I just can’t make it

Dedicated to Wendy -Joe

Friday Feel Good

Writing along. 15 words at a time. 15 becomes 70 becomes 100, becomes 300? Here we go! I’m not really having writer’s block so much as I am trying to withstand what my character is facing internally, while on the exterior, everything falls apart. And yet there is one constant that keeps him going. His loyal dog, Addie. Someone to love. Someone to look forward to seeing and spending time with. Someone to share the goodness in life. This is a saving grace for this character. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

A happy Friday to you and a good weekend, too!