On Becoming Maria, The Blog is Two Years Old!

For a moment there I was worried. I wondered if the blog was falling into a pattern of frequent milestone postings. I looked at the essay below and I wondered. And then I said, so fuckin what? Cut it out, Maria. Cuz this is what you do, pouring your guts out on the page and…

Not That Bad – Dispatches from Rape Culture

I’ve gotten to an age where I am drawn to fiction writing less and less. I’ll be fifty-three in a couple of months. Reading books have gone from being an obsessive pass-time of escapism to a crucial act of self-care. I need to read. I love reading. I live in a world which largely refuses…

Nine Years Sober Today!

Today I am nine years sober. I am very proud of this because walking away from alcohol was NOT easy. There was a lot of shame …. I mean a really lot of shame.  (Yeah yeah, I know, bad grammar. But I’m tired, okay. It’s been a super busy week. My sober birthday is almost…

New Podcast Episode – 048 – Season Two – A Sophomore Welcome

I used to squirm about coming here to point readers to new episodes of the podcast. Podcasting was wayyy outside my comfort zone. I did it because my heart repeatedly told me it was an important part of my creative journey.  I also did it because my business coach insisted it was necessary.  Ugh! Last…