Advocate for Women / Editor of The Virago ~ medium.com/the-virago / I write about emotional healing, self-empowerment, and recovery from domestic abuse.

I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years on Medium. My only other experience is my lifetime of private journaling. I’m still journaling and you can find my writing in my personal publication Up Close and Personal. My current project is 365 Days of Writing, journaling daily about life.

I also write about about women’s issues in our society, which include stories about my personal life and how we as women live our lives in this world. I’m also editor of The Virago, a women’s publication I developed this year.

Here are my all-time most-read stories:

Conversations With a Gaslighter

Woundology: Stop Using Your Past to Define Your…


365 Days of Writing

…and then some

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I started my 365 day journaling this morning, only to wipe it all out and start over. When I reread it just now, it didn’t seem relevant anymore.

I spent my day, not writing, but rewriting.

I am one of those many bloggers who have signed up with News Break as a creative content writer. I am using a lot of my timeless blogs from as long as almost three years ago. I’m not using every blog, only the ones that got some traction or that I found were much underrated. Why not? …


365 Days of Writing

I Slipped But I’m Moving Back Towards My Goal

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I love food. LOVE FOOD. I have a bad habit of eating whatever I want, when I want.

With that, I’ll admit that I overeat. And I’ve gained weight.

When I went through menopause, I had the worst symptoms. I felt like I was going out of my mind. If you can name any symptom that comes with menopause, I had it.

With the help of my physicians, I started on an antidepressant. God, that helped me so much. I felt like normal again. However, I needed to titrate up the antidepressant and was on a pretty high dose. With that new medication, I had new side effects. …


365 Days of Writing

I don’t even know where to start

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I went to work today, and was placed on the COVID floor again.

One thing I want to say is that the pandemic is getting worse here. The sheer increased number of COVID hospitalizations are telling. Where I work is no different.

The J-curve of cases is creating chaos. Not only are there more patients in the hospital, but the facilities where people live are also getting positive cases. The system is starting to get overloaded.

Along with that, people — and I mean the people who care for the sick — are also getting overloaded. Nerves are wearing thin. However, we continue to take care of people who are getting infected and sick, putting ourselves at risk for the sake of helping people recover from this virus. …


The Newsletter by WOMEN about WOMEN and for WOMEN

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Happy Holidays Virago Readers and Writers,

If you live in the U.S., you may be recovering today from a turkey coma. That’s the usual way we start the beginning of the holidays, and we started it this week in the U.S. with Thanksgiving.

There’s a lot of untold history related to women and Thanksgiving, more of this in a bit.

We are working on a brand new image for The Virago, and have been doing some work behind the scenes. I’m hoping we will be breaking out our new look by the beginning of next year. I can’t help but mention it now, because I’m very excited about the changes! …


365 Days of Writing

If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with

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I’m listening to Crosby, Stills, and Nash this morning while I’m waiting for my best friend to come over with her dog and some of the dinner we’re going to eat for Thanksgiving.

My husband, Mike, is here, he’s buzzing around, tidying up for “guests”. Besides my friend, the only other guest is his daughter, my step-daughter.

Considering that Mike has seven siblings, many nieces and nephews, and his elderly parents are still alive, this is the smallest Thanksgiving holiday he’s had in his entire life. …


365 Days of Writing

Is that even possible? Yes, it is

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I’ve been feeling off since last week. It started with a huge argument with my son, which isn’t really resolved yet and I’m not sure if it will get better any time soon. I cried for hours, devastated about the altercation.

This kind of situation would typically throw me into a major migraine attack. But I didn’t get one. Instead, I felt like I started getting a head cold. My head was stuffy, my body ached. Still, no headache. This went on for days. I kept feeling like I was coming down with a head cold, then I started worrying that I’d caught COVID. I mean, I work in a hospital. …


And other strange things I’ve never done until the lockdown

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There are a lot of strange changes in my life since we started experiencing lockdowns from the pandemic this year. These are things I never thought I’d ever do. Some have been great, and some have been let-downs.

Here’s my short-list:

Canceled vacation

When I plan a vacation, it’s sacred. Anticipating vacation can be my entire world once I’ve decided to travel somewhere I’ve never been and to relax and get away. I’ve never had to cancel a vacation. But, this year I did. …


365 Days of Writing

Am I getting sick with COVID, or am I feeling fatigued from dealing with COVID?

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Today, I worked on the COVID floor at our hospital. The last case manager, who works there regularly, ended up as a patient in the hospital from COVID-19. She still isn’t back to work.

To be honest, I’ve been feeling in a funk for the past four days. I had a terrible argument with my son, and cried for hours over it. My face was puffy, my sinuses were stuffed up. I felt like crap.

The next day, I felt the same. And still the same the next day and the next day.

I can’t describe it, because I have no symptoms. I just feel like there’s maybe something lingering there that’s on the verge of breaking into a full-blown head cold. …


We are looking for talented writers to contribute to our publication

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Virago is a publication for women who write about their personal experiences and pass on their wisdom for surviving and thriving in life. We have opened submissions to write for Virago and looking for writers who want to share their unique stories.

We are interested in stories that relate to:

  • women and culture
  • feminism
  • equality
  • relationships and dating
  • trauma
  • abuse of any form
  • domestic violence or intimate partner violence
  • addiction
  • grief and loss
  • mental health
  • family
  • creativity
  • philosophy
  • mindfulness
  • spirituality
  • parenting
  • self
  • psychology
  • sexuality
  • LGBTQIA
  • women and society

As you can see, there are a variety of topics that impact us as women. The key is to share our stories of overcoming life challenges and writing to tell about it. …

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