Adult Saga / Chronic Illness and Pain

Can we talk a bit about chronic illness?

Specifically, acid reflux. I want to talk about my reflux. I’ve been holding back so much from my public life. I’ve stopped blogging here almost completely because I always feel that any post here has to fit my “brand” — whatever my brand is. I think the problem became me trying to fit myself into some mold I’m not; trying to always be camera-ready, even in my writing. When I first started blogging I talked about everything that was going on in my life. I didn’t hold back. Over time I decided there were some things I’d prefer to

Wolf Pack Life

Wolffy and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad, No Good Birthday Week

With apologies to Judith Viorst. Last night, after midnight so really this morning, I discovered something terrible. There is malware on two of my sites. This malware redirects you to porn or something else if you try to visit the mobile version of the site. It has no affect on the desktop versions that I can see, but use an iPad or phone to access the website and you’re going to get porn. Or taxi services. Or something. This site is not one of the affected sites. The affected sites are, of course, my mom’s site and my publishing

dispatches from the loony bin

The Joys of a Summer Birthday

When I turned 14, we tried to organize a party for me. My birthday is August 14th, and even though school started the last week of August in Hawaii, most people were still on vacation for my actual birthday. Regardless, we kept trying, but every date fell apart. Every time mom put off the ordering of the cake, until finally in September, on the 25th, she came home with this gorgeous chocolate number with a marzipan lion on the top and said “Happy birthday.” Best. dessert and breakfast. ever. When I turned 15, my mom planned a surprise party