Courage Not Guaranteed

My Dearest Lovely, No one is coming to meet you. There is no special guide or savior. You are going to have to travel this creative path and put your whole heart further into it. You are going to have to meet yourself.  People like you are not meant to make it because out here,…

Writing, Blogging & Being Human

Next to childbirth, writing a book is the hardest thing I’ve ever attempted. And not unlike childbirth, once I saw how hard and painful the birth process actually was, I totally wanted to turn back. But when a baby is pushing to come out there’s no such thing as turning back.  Same with a book…

Two Milestones: Sober Birthday & the Blogiversary

The month of April signals two milestones for me: Eight years of sobriety and One year of blogging here at On Becoming Maria. My Drinking Journey- Part 2  (You can read Part 1 here) A little over a year after I began attending Alcoholics Anonymous, while sitting in a meeting, I listened to a man…

Exploring A Deeper Love

When I was almost six, a well-meaning, white female teacher, while attempting to engage me beyond the shell of extreme shyness, managed only to mortify us both. I had been mere months in this country from my original island home and it was only my second or third day in an American classroom. My startled…