I've Got Issues...And Peace


Boulder, Colorado,
October 22
Family, marital, and individual psychotherapist. Mother to four who no longer need my services but still enjoy my love as I do theirs. I specialize in stepfamily dynamics and difficult transitions. I try to write from the heart with a sense of vulnerability, humor and a frank look at myself. Art shown: "Four Pots" by Lindsey Leavell


Editor’s Pick
MAY 5, 2010 3:10AM

"American Idol" Recap: Ole Blue Eyes Meets Dazed Eyes


the Top 5 

Tuesday night’s “American Idol” featured the music of ole blue eyes, Frank Sinatra.  Now, most know that Frank Sinatra is a legend, one of the original Rat Pack and, most importantly, Simon’s favorite singer of all times.

But my first question waRead full post »

MAY 3, 2010 9:28AM

The Secret Life of Anger

heart with maze 

I remember the first time I was punished for being angry.  I had already been brainwashed with the notion that anger was a bad thing.  Anger was to be ignored, pushed away, and most importantly, anger was not “lady-like”.

I was in fourth grade and playing basketbaRead full post »

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APRIL 28, 2010 4:00AM

"American Idol" Goes Country With A Twain Wreck or Two


Casey James and Crystal Bowersox 

Tuesday night’s “American Idol” was like a bad country song (aren’t they all?).  There were the requisite ballads of cheating hearts, hard luck stories, love gone wrong and mediocre contestants.

The guest mentor was Shania Twain and the competitionRead full post »

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APRIL 23, 2010 10:58AM

Will The Real Parent Please Stand Up?

“Parenthood”, the new TV series where you can’t tell the parents from the kids)

Last week, I tuned into the new TV series “Parenthood”.  I loved the movie version and no one can play a harried father better than Steve Martin. I especia/Read full post »

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APRIL 21, 2010 1:04AM

"American Idol" Recap: Crystal, like Jesus, Saves!

crystal Bowersox

Don’t let that devilsh smile fool you…this woman is a saint!

Tuesday night’s “American Idol" was “Inspirational Night” and at the risk of sounding like a non-believer, it wasn’t.  If you are a regular viewer of this sorry and soul sucki/Read full post »

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APRIL 14, 2010 3:16AM

"American Idol" Recap: Glambert Resurrects Elvis!

Top 9, Season 9

If he were alive, he would be 75 years old. But on this week's "American Idol," Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll, who remains dead, despite what conspiracy theorists would have us believe, was resurrected for one night only. (Unless, of course, you're in Vegas. There are a million ElviseRead full post »

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APRIL 12, 2010 11:10AM

Beware the FRENEMY!

as the world turns

Frenemy:  Urban Dictionary:  An enemy disguised as a friend.  The type of "friend" whose words or actions bring you down (whether you realize it as intentional or not) The type of friend you ought to cut off but don't cuz...they're nice... good've had good/Read full post »

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APRIL 7, 2010 3:54AM

"American Idol" Recap: A Hard Day's Night

top 9 

Tuesday’s  “American Idol” featured songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, including a video greeting from none other than Paul McCartney himself.  I entered the night with the slightest ray of hope. (After all, it’s spring).  Not the kind o/Read full post »

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MARCH 31, 2010 3:00AM

"American Idol" Recap: R&B Without The Soul

Final 10
“American Idol” was down to the Final 10, the Final 10 who will go on tour this summer to sing to empty stadiums all across the heartlands and coasts of America.

Tuesday’s night show was all about R&B…without the

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MARCH 29, 2010 8:32AM

Platitudes And Why They Suck

 broken heart

Why is it during times of crisis, tragedy and sudden loss do we, many of whom are highly educated, thoughtful, intelligent and wise people, resort to the systematic issuing of platitudes when we are trying to comfort those we love? 

Ask anyone who has had a

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MARCH 24, 2010 3:40AM

"American Idol" Top 11: Top #1 Billboard Poop Chart Hits

 Top 11

Tuesday’s competition of “American Idol” featured the Top11 finalists singing Top #1 Billboard Hits.  The good news was that the contestants had literally thousands of songs to choose from...songs they could make their own, be original, and strut their stuff.&nRead full post »

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MARCH 17, 2010 3:26AM

American Idol Recap: I Can't Get No Satisfaction

Top 12
  America…Your Top 12 Idol Wannabees
(Why does Lee Dewyze suddenly look like Rodney Dangerfield?)

Can the Rolling Stones revive Season 9 of "American Idol"?  In a word, no. I came to Tuesday night’s competition disgruntled, disappointed and highly skeptical. IRead full post »

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MARCH 10, 2010 5:43AM

"American Idol" Ladies Night: Time to Talk Dirty

America:  Your Top 8 Female Contestants 
Top 8 Girls

Tuesday night’s show started with Ellen all over Simon and I mean ALL OVER Simon.  Ellen’s face was red with passion, Simon’s face was red with mortification and Kara’s face was green with envy/Read full post »

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MARCH 8, 2010 9:02AM

See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me

The Marriage Ref 

The Marriage Ref made its' debut on NBC last week.  This latest reality show takes marriage to a new low.  “Real couples” bring an issue they’ve been arguing about and celebrity “judges” decide which one is right.  

It’s like a maritalRead full post »

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MARCH 3, 2010 7:22AM

"American Idol" Recap: A Switcheroo as the Top 10 Men Sing

“American Idol” has always had good manners and tradition has been that it’s “Ladies first”.  America was expecting the ten remaining women to perform but Crystal Bowersox, a favorite to many, had been admitted to the hospital overnight due to “medical coRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 25, 2010 2:43AM

"American Idol" Recap: Top 12 Boys--It's the Guys Turn!

Top 12 guys

Top 12 Guys:  Time to separate the boys from the men

“American Idol” was on a real streak.  A losing streak.  Simon was on his own kind of streak.  His brutal yet honest words blazed trails of sorrow for the male contestants.

Grab someRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 24, 2010 8:08AM

"American Idol Season 9 Recap": The Top Twelve Girls

 American Idol Top 12 Girls

"American Idol" went live, got down to business and so did the Top Twelve Girls, the better half of the 24 contestants.  Or so I had hoped.  Last year’s competition was dominated by males and I was ready for some balance.

During the auditions, with theRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 22, 2010 11:35AM

Enough Already With, "It Is What It Is"!

 I don’t think Howard Beale would be too fond of the expression:
“It is what it is.”

“It is what it is.”

Am I the only one that is noticing and is annoyed by this current platitudeRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 17, 2010 5:34AM

American Idol Season 9 Recap: UPDATE: Top 24

Waiting Room on American Idol
 (The infamous American Idol waiting room AKA torture chamber)

"Imagine leaving your family and home to pursue your dreams.  Imagine the struggle, the tears, the fatigue.  Imagine that your life hangs in the balance for this day, this moment.  THIS IS…AMERICAN IDOL/Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 16, 2010 9:18AM

I'm Still Standing

The MRI...a scary and intimidating son of a gun 

“You may try to stand up someday soon and you may fall.  If this happens, you will need spinal cord surgery.  And believe me, you don’t want spinal cord surgery.  It’s far more risky than brain surg/Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 10, 2010 7:58AM

American Idol Recap: Forget Hollywood, this is Ellen's Week!

Expectations are often premeditated resentments in disguise.  Well, I had forgotten this truism when it came to my high expectations of the arrival of Ellen Degeneres as the fourth American Idol judge.

It seemed like we had to wait an eternity for Ellen to join Randy, Kara and Simon afterRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 3, 2010 7:57AM

American Idol Season 9 Recap: Mile High Madness

Denver…home to thin air, mountains that tease from a distance, and a head NFL football coach who looks so young, you’d swear he’s still nursing, was home to American Idol, Season 9 Auditions.  Speaking of thin, I had to wipe my eyes to make sure I was seeing correctly.  WRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 1, 2010 10:51AM

Billboard Revenge

Billboard Revenge
(The salacious billboard in Times Square)

Last week when I was in New York City, I stayed in a hotel near Times Square. One of my favorite things about Times Square are the enormous, flashing and colorful billboards.  You can stand in the middle of the square/Read full post »

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JANUARY 27, 2010 8:06AM

American Idol Season 9 Recap: LA LA Land Auditions

 American Idol stage

Did last week fly by or what?  This is Your American Idol Recap…LA style.  Is it me or were the LA auditions even more tedious than the Chicago Snoresville auditions?  I didn’t think this was possible, but alas, it was.

You would think LA would have a ridicRead full post »

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JANUARY 22, 2010 11:01AM

The Small Town That Is New York City

New York City
 (Photo courtesy of New Amsterdam)


Sirens are screaming, attention-seeking billboards are flashing, and people are walking with rapid determination…there are places to go and people to see.

As a woman who is used to the open vistas of Colorado and the kick back and mellowRead full post »