Gerri Luce

Gerri Luce
Westchester, New York, USA
February 13
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." By Harold Thurman Whitman. What lights me up is my work as a psychotherapist, and my passion for writing. Thank you to my family and friends, those within shouting distance and those who are virtual for sticking by me through the highs and the lows. A shout out to all of you - a simple thank you is all I have - and it is not nearly enough. Please check out my other blog at and visit my website at


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OCTOBER 7, 2012 3:20AM

An Open Letter

I wrote a post last night for my blog on the Psychology Today website — maybe this is cheating, but I wanted to share it with everyone here on OS.  I think it's kind of special.  Sort of the things I wish I had known along the way:

Here's the first paragraph:

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 6:39AM

The New Ugly Word








  The new ugly word on the playground is fat. 

  The new ugly word from the empty nest is fat. 

Anorexia and bu… Read full post »

AUGUST 28, 2012 5:50AM

For the Love of Books




              I love books.  I should c… Read full post »

AUGUST 27, 2012 3:48AM

The Gift of Technological Idiocy

            I have never been so thankful that I’m a technological idiot.

            When I announced at the beginning of this year that I was shutting down my blog here at OS, I spent/… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2012 6:29AM

It Is With a Heavy Heart...






         It is with a heavy heart and deep regrets that I will be closing my blog on Open Salon on February 29th.  I am incredibly busy with my full-time job as a social worker where my responsib… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 26, 2011 5:00PM


            I had a date the Sunday before Thanksgiving which is an extremely rare occurrence.  I hadn’t had a date since 2008.  I met him online and we began to chat.  He was everything I had thought I wanted; he was intelli/… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2011 5:01AM

The Three of Us Called Spooks

              A friend sent me a link to Mona Simpson’s eulogy for her brother Steve Jobs and the speech was beautiful. full post »

        My father’s parents lived in Romania and came to the United States before the war.  With them they brought many, many paintings, most of which were by an artist named Cottavoz.  Cottoavoz painted out of Paris and my grandparents were loyal paRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 4:34AM

The New and Improved Version

I am making order out of chaos.  Taking responsibility.  Creating authorship.

Looking back at my first post, I Am My Mother’s Daughter; The Story of a Suicide Attempt, my introduction to my fellow OS’ers was that of an ill person, one still in chaos, is one that I now regret.&nbRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2011 5:11PM

Brooklyn Book Festival 2011

I took a ride down to the other side of the world this morning – Brooklyn.  This is my second time in as many years and there is only one thing that is enticing enough to lure me there and that is…The Brooklyn Book Festival.  So many presses, so many books,/… Read full post »

AUGUST 7, 2011 2:11PM

Hope is the Cruelest Emotion of All

I don’t know where to start.  After my last post of things going so well, everything has fallen apart.  I got my hand on a bottle of Klonpin the other day and I said to my therapist if I killed myself now I wouldn’t have to see myself, my life self/… Read full post »

AUGUST 7, 2011 2:11PM

Hope is the Cruelest Emotion of All

I don’t know where to start.  After my last post of things going so well, everything has fallen apart.  I got my hand on a bottle of Klonpin the other day and I said to my therapist if I killed myself now I wouldn’t have to see myself, my life self/… Read full post »


     I am waiting for time to expand.  I wanted to get back on OS in what I perceived to be the “politically correct” way.  I wanted to go on and read the posts of my friends, catch up on what’s current with everyone, feel the… Read full post »





I am taking a short breather from slugging my way through a (seemingly) seven million word book proposal to write about an exciting article I have just come across in the May/June 2011 issue of Psychology Today.  (though it is not/… Read full post »

APRIL 18, 2011 11:38PM

This Is What Recovery Looks Like

     On a literal level recovery means accepting a fuller face, a rounder belly and disappearing bones. My once protruding collarbones, one jutting hipbones, once prominent ribs have receded into my flesh, where they should be. Recovery means selecting jeans a size bigger from my… Read full post »

          In one of the comments on my last blog, Kim Gamble said that rock bottom is when we’re so scared we change.  If I didn’t hit that point this past Thursday night to Saturday night then I’m a hopeless case.

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     “Oh my God.” Those were the words that came out of my nutritionist’s mouth as she weighed me yesterday morning (backwards, with my eyes facing away from the numbers, so I can’t see my weight).

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FEBRUARY 19, 2011 9:26PM

Anger is One Letter Short of Danger

“Anger is one letter short of danger.” -  Author unknown   

            Anger – “a feeling of displeasure resulting from injury, mistreatment, opposition, etc., and usually showing itself in a desire toRead full post »

FEBRUARY 17, 2011 6:21AM

Caught in the Grips of Anorexia


     I don’t know whether to say I’m relapsing or collapsing.  However I define it, I’m deep into my disease of anorexia and it is affecting the areas of my life in which I used to take pleasure, one of them being my writing and pos… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 17, 2011 6:12AM

My 50th Birthday Party

My fiftieth birthday party was almost all I could have hoped it could be.  I’ll get to the almost part in a minute.  It was held at Xaviar’s on the Hudson, a restaurant in Westchester, NY, a suburb of New York City.  The restaurant was right on the Hudson River with/… Read full post »

           Although I am struggling, I am coming up on a reason to celebrate.  Not one, not two, but three wonderful reasons.

            First, on Sunday, February 13th it will be my fiftiet/… Read full post »

JANUARY 15, 2011 7:22PM

"Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave..."

     People in the midst of an eating disorder are masters of deceit.  I believe (and correct me if I am wrong) that many of my fellow OS’ers think I have not been as active on the site because I have busy working on my book.  That was true – up/… Read full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2010 8:41AM

I'm Drowning in the Riptide of My Father

     I had a confrontation with my father last Thursday night that left me upset, shaken and having a tearful breakdown in the main office among all my colleagues because at that hour of the evening there are no private offices available for me in which to conduct my personal busi… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2010 9:37AM

My Experience with a (Freelance) Editor

It’s been quite a while.  I apologize to all my friends whose posts I have not read nor commented on, and to those whose PM’s I have not responded to.Besides working crazy hours at my job, I have been cramming as much time as I could into working on my book. Read full post »


I have been reading the posts in response to Little Kate’s open call – “Children” – with much interest and raw emotion.  I don’t have any children of my own.  I have no regrets; I knew in my early twenties that I didn’t wan… Read full post »