What My Aging Dog Just Taught Me About “No Going Back”

2 May
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I’m a writer. I was six or seven years old when I started writing poetry and short stories. My greatest grief with my fibromyalgia is being robbed of time to be a writer because of fatigue and/or brain fog. What...
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4 Ways I Reset My Optimism During a Flare

26 Apr
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I’ve finished a marathon. In the last 12 weeks, I spoke in 5 states: at 11 college campuses and 1 Native pueblo. I debuted a brand new program and customized existing programs for unique audiences, like non-native-English speakers and veterans....
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What Has Your Disability Done for You Lately?

12 Apr
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Last Sunday, I spent the day in Brussels with two friends of mine from London, father and son, named Tony and Sean. How we met is a fun story. I found them in an Irish pub in Lisbon, Portugal, and...
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Bloated in Bruges

4 Apr
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Every time I’m in a terrible place or moment that I’m desperate to pass, I remind myself of my self-talk driving across Nebraska one time. I had that raging churn and hellfire of diarrhea on a long drive, and Nebraska...
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a chapter from the book I’m working on

30 Aug
I can attribute a single action by my friend Phil for the end of my comedy career, my teaching career, and a marriage. It became so that when he greeted me, he’d never say “Hi”; he always just said, “I’m...
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What’s better than saying “hello”? This….

11 Dec
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I try not to be the American jerk who shows up to another country and doesn’t bother to learn a spec of their language. So when I took my most recent international birthday adventure, I had ambitious plans to brush...
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The Carolina House that Sent Me to Brazil

9 Oct
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In 2005, I left life as a full-time touring comedian and moved to North Carolina to accept a position as a high school English and journalism teacher. I rented a little white house with three porches and giant trees rooted...
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Women’s History Month Tour

1 May
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In late March, 2016, I had a lovely tour of speaking gigs across upstate New York. I did 7 presentations at 5 campuses in 4 days and had the time of my life. I did my women’s empowerment workshop 3...
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