Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Disability Network

     I have been volunteering at The Disability Network (TDN).  I am pleased to have contributed my poem on Muhammad Ali.  I am calling the poem, The Contender, because no matter how difficult life became for Muhammad Ali, he never gave up.  I am hoping my poem will inspire others.  I am planning to share more writings with TDN  as time goes on.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Writing for Peace

I have decided that I don't have to be published to enjoy the process of writing.  I have been utilizing my local library to check out books on playwriting.  I have never written a play before and this is a challenge.  I am trying to write a play about Cultural Crossings that will explore prejudices and customs.  My hope is that I can inspire people to explore there own prejudices through this play.  I have been a member of The Southern Poverty Law Center for many years; a watch group for hate crimes.

Everyone has prejudices, but learning to recognize them for what they are can be difficult.  My hope is that through the writing of this play that I may better present these prejudices in tangible terms and try to foster a sense of hope that will lead to peace.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Celebrating Life

I know I should be grateful for my life.  Every day I am well is another success story.  I have a significant other and things are moving positively.  My children are adults now and are enjoying success in their own right.  It is time for me to move forward in my writing and try to continue to experiment with different forms of writing like working on my play and novel.  When I get tired of the one kind of writing I switch to the other. Then there are the days I don't feel inspired to do either one and that is okay.  Today I decided to work on my blog.

I hope I am able to inspire other budding writers to always plug away even when you are not sure you know what you want to write that day.  Half the battle is just picking up the pen or working on the computer.  I live in an apartment so I see many people every day and realize how fortunate I am. Some of the people at my apartments are physically disabled or are lonely.  Some are lost in their own world where just getting dressed can be a challenge.  I have to slow down now as my life is no longer a 9 to 5 and many of my days are taken up with visiting medical personnel for both myself and my significant other.  I have to remember it is okay to have a nap once in awhile.  I would say I am generally happy these days. Since it is nearly autumn, I am grateful for the days of sunshine and warmth.  I have to remind myself that there are others less fortunate than I am and that compared to six years ago, I have come a long way.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Faltered Memory

One of the side effects of my bipolar illness that I have experienced is a faulty memory. It is difficult for me to remember things when once I had a photographic memory.  I am fifty-four now, and I am enjoying volunteering because The Disability Network is challenging me to learn new things.  I am grateful that I am able to learn and I am now starting to remember how to use office equipment.  I enjoy the atmosphere of being in an environment that is understanding of my illness.  I have not shared with all the staff that I have an illness, but when I interviewed with the staff to become a volunteer, I was upfront about my illness and my anxiety.

It has been two years since I have been hospitalized, and I am now gathering my strength to try and learn the skills necessary to return to work.  I urge anyone with this illness to never give up. Surround yourself with individuals who are positive and don't isolate!  It is easy to isolate out of embarrassment, but if you are like me, we struggle when an episode occurs and isolation is something we do to ourselves.  We have to reach out to improve our lives and learn how to move forward.  I hope my life can be inspiration to you to always try to stand back up.  Together we can support one another to never let life get the best of us! 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Playwriting

I read Exploring Theater Playwriting, by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, and even though it was written for youth, as a first time playwriter, I found the book as an excellent resource for myself and it was published in 2017.  The concepts are easy to follow and it is a quick read.  I will keep you updated on how my theater writing progresses.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Playwriting

I have ordered two books on line regarding playwriting through interlibrary loans.  I am looking forward to expanding my writing experience using some old and new material. There is no deadline because I am writing this for myself with the hopes that when it is completed that perhaps a small theater group will enjoy performing my work about Mary Magdalen and Christ.  This writing is fun.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Making the most of life

My former mother in-law painted a picture of a lemon and used the quote, "when life gives you a lemon, make lemonade," it was the first time I had heard the quote.  She gave the painting to my father.  I always liked that saying because it was so positive.

I have a choice as to how to live my life.  I can choose to be happy and that is a great gift.  Learning how not to micro-manage everything is so important to a healthy lifestyle. I am making positive decisions and I am so glad.  I can't live other people's lives.  I have to live mine.  My children are grown and learning to let go was a challenge, but I feel like I have accomplished this to the best of my ability.  I am pleased to have the opportunity to volunteer and take positive steps in my life.

I get down like everyone, but my extreme depression has been alleviated.  I am so happy now.  I have a boyfriend and we are living our lives as best we can.