Genre(s): Memoir, Biography, True Crime Synopsis: Razor Wire Wilderness Author Stephanie Dickinson first corresponded with inmate Krystal Riordan in order to do some background research for an upcoming novel. Yet their correspondence and eventual friendship have continued, long after Ms. Dickinson partially based the fictional character Trinity in Love Highway on the convicted felon and […]Read More Book Review: Razor Wire Wilderness, by Stephanie Dickinson
Genre: Biographies of persons with disabilities; Women’s biographies Synopsis: Her Name Was Margaret tracks the difficult life and devolvement of Margaret Louise Jacobson, a once religiously devoted and musically talented young girl who suffered a psychotic break as a teenager. Following her commitment to a psychiatric hospital and a diagnosis of schizophrenia, Ms. Jacobson spent […]Read More Book Review: Her Name Was Margaret, by Denise Davy
Genre: General fiction/Family life fiction Synopsis: A large extended family, mere weeks into grieving the passing of their patriarch, is confronted with evidence that the family matriarch, Maggie, is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. As Maggie’s children, Lizzie, Ian, and Kevin, along with their spouses, attempt to care for her, Maggie begins to reveal shocking details […]Read More Book Review: You Don’t Know What I Have Done, by Sheila McNaughton
Check out my essay regarding my participation in RARE Across America 2021 and rare disease advocacyRead More RARE Across America 2021
Morning, all! For anyone unaware, November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day was on the fourteenth. Obviously, my relationship with this incurable disease has evolved over the years. Having to take over the daily functioning of a vital organ every day for the rest of your life once you’re diagnosed is a […]Read More Happy National Diabetes Awareness Month!
Thoughts on white allyship in the antiracism movement, coming from a former criminal defense attorney and civil rights activist. I discuss George Floyd, Rush Limbaugh, slavery, segregation, white privilege and more.Read More White Person to White Person: Let’s Talk!
Warning: This post involves some self-pity and defensiveness coming from a white woman. If you bear with me ’til the end, I think you’ll find comfort in the fact that I snap myself out of it and try to encourage others to do so as well. But if you’re in no mood to hear about […]Read More When You’re Feeling Like an Ineffective Ally
Okay, I admit it: I’m self-obsessed. I would say that I’m narcissistic to boot, but I certainly do not have an inflated sense of self-worth, and I’d also like to think that I’m pretty empathetic. And yet, even though I know I’m not the bee’s knees, I still think and talk about myself ALL. THE. […]Read More A Whole New Level of Self-Obsession
By: Katherine Itacy, Esq. Dated: July 8, 2018 As I read journalist Ben Mattlin’s fantastic new book, In Sickness and in Health: Love, Disability, and a Quest to Understand the Perils and Pleasures of Interabled Romance, this past week, it made me think about my own interabled marriage. Mattlin describes an “interabled couple” as one […]Read More Interabled Couples and Families