The Bitter Romance Writer

Why must I always find something to mock about other people’s happiness or romantic moments? Am I that uncomfortable with genuine emotion? With love? I write romance novels. I should be applauding these moments, shouldn’t I? But instead, I tear them down and pour my caustic words on top of them. A chilling thought is maybe I don’t really buy into what I’m trying to sell.

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A Daughter's Reflections on Mother's Day

“Children are not things to be molded but rather people to be unfolded.” I open the box of goodies my daughter has sent me for Mother’s Day and delight in the surprises she’s included. My attempts to cook after I’ve had a glass or two of wine are legendary in …

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The Myth of “Happily Married”

There’s no such thing as happily married.  There.  I’ve said it. There’s the illusion of happily married.  A pretense, if you will that we all buy into.  We are all convinced that our marriage will be different, better, happier, than that of our peers, our parents, or anyone else we …

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Happy Endings

(Part One) RN Sahoo on February 14, 2014 at 5:41 a.m. said: Your writing is cynical and negative.  “A coffin should be a mandatory wedding gift for every couple” really hurt me. This was a comment on  http://barbmeyers.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/a-short-essay-on-marriage/ My first reaction to this comment was to laugh.  Not because RN …

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Family Therapy in The House of Dust, Part One

Thursday May 24, 2012  I fly fromFort Myers,Florida to O’Hare in Chicago.  My friend Sue who is also my former sister-in-law picks me up around ten in the morning.  We eat at Cracker Barrel on the way toLadd, Illinoiswhere she lives.  This is part of my planned trip:  Fly into Chicago, …

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Happily Married?

Being a virgin on your wedding day is no guarantee of anything for your future, except, I suppose, it gives your spouse less of your past to be concerned about. With nothing to compare it to, it might also be hard to find fault with your spouse’s lovemaking technique

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