Outside of the Lines: Welcome to Algeria

Somehow, I manage to stay out-of-the-way while everyone gets their luggage from overhead. There are no lines or orderly presentation here. As I watch the plane full of people slowly make their way past me, fictitious stories of their lives play out in my head. The young boys. Have they just come back from Paris or … Read moreOutside of the Lines: Welcome to Algeria

Ascending To New Heights – I’m Almost Home

“Is your company traveling Iberia Señora?” the lady at customs asks me. “No. I’m flying alone.” “Is your company flying Iberia Señora?” she asks again. What company? I look behind me to make sure there isn’t suddenly an entourage that has appeared as my “company”. Why is it so hot in here? I’ve had to … Read moreAscending To New Heights – I’m Almost Home

One Week Down and I’m Happy

I feel like maybe my words are coming back to me after so long and that makes me happy. It’s a relief because writing is how I deal with my emotions. It’s cheaper than a therapist that’s for sure. And I can take it anywhere I go in this world. Which is how I ended up … Read moreOne Week Down and I’m Happy

You Don’t Have To Be Scared

A stranger told me I should talk to you. My first instinct was to scoff and ask, “Why?” Then he insisted. This time my thought was, “I’ve tried to talk to her before and the conversation just doesn’t flow.” Before you start sulking away and feeling sorry for yourself, hear me out. You are hard … Read moreYou Don’t Have To Be Scared

The Velvety Blackness – This Is My Life

Velvety blackness. For only a moment though. It becomes hardened as I focus on the depth of the darkness more. I open my eyes a bit wider, trying to take in as much light as I can but it’s not enough. The glow from halogen lamps outside struggle to penetrate the wooden shutters in my … Read moreThe Velvety Blackness – This Is My Life

Recovery Formula: It’s Me Not You – Final Thoughts

I bet you thought I’d forgotten all about the Recovery Formula anxiety program, right? I didn’t. My anxiety has been off the charts the past couple of weeks and I tend to hate everything that has to do with anxiety during that time. Even coping strategies and the like. I didn’t want to do my … Read moreRecovery Formula: It’s Me Not You – Final Thoughts

Why Egypt?

“Why Egypt?” It’s the one question I get asked the most when I mention my intentions on visiting the North African country. My two answers: I don’t know. I know, but it’s hard to explain. Pretty contradictory huh? Yeah I know. Several months ago, like forever ago it seems, I dated an Egyptian Muslim man … Read moreWhy Egypt?

Kaddish for a Past Life

“Kaddish for the past,” she whispers to herself.  The grass is green, the breeze warm and the dress. A simple light blue, ankle length piece of material that seems to own her. Her hair blowing about her face with no particular direction in mind. She smiles as she looks down at her bare feet and … Read moreKaddish for a Past Life