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


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JANUARY 20, 2010 8:14AM

American Idol Recap: Da Snoresville Chicago Auditions

While I was minding my own business and settling in to watch American Idol Season 9:  Chicago Auditions, this breaking news appeared:


Scott Brown

(Scott Brown has got the hand wave down pat) 

Scott Brown in Cosmo

(S… Read full post »

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JANUARY 15, 2010 8:38AM

Having a Baby in Mid-Life

A mid-life pregnant woman 

(My good friend, full of life at mid-life)

I’m all teary right now, a regular mess.  I’ve been working on a baby shower invitation for one of my best friends and just sent it out.  Flashes and images of my own children as babies are/Read full post »

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JANUARY 13, 2010 4:02AM


American Idol judges

Where in the world was Ellen?  Ellen is off to a terrible start as the newest American Idol judge.   She was a "no show" and we were stuck with Posh Spice.

Posh Spice 
If the camera adds 10 pounds, PosheyRead full post »
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JANUARY 8, 2010 9:52AM

Meryl Streep: Hope for the Aging Woman?

Meryl Streep 

© 2002 by Brigette Lacombe

 “I’m 60, and I’m playing the romantic lead!  Bette Davis is rolling over in her grave!”  These are the words of Meryl Streep as she graces the cover of the current January Vanity Fair issue. 

Boarding a planeRead full post »

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JANUARY 5, 2010 7:49AM


American Idol Premier



No, you did not just wake up from a bad dream.

Yes, it has been exactly 229 days since my last American Idol post…the one titled “I Hate AmerRead full post »

DECEMBER 29, 2009 9:30AM

Happy Happy Birthday Just Cathy

Just Cathy
(Are you kidding me?  This sister of mine just oozes beauty and love.)

A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life.  ~Isadora James

Today is my sister Cathy’s birthday.  You all know her/Read full post »

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DECEMBER 28, 2009 10:08AM

Mary T. Kelly's Top 10 List for 2009


You know what they say about people who choose to become therapists?  CRAZY. 

C R A Z Y.  I can’t say that I disagree.  However, there is a disclaimer.  I was not CRAZY until today.  Today I became crazy.  Why you ask?  Because I was trying to co… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 18, 2009 10:03AM

My Visit to the Botox Torture Doc

botox needles 

Call me a phony, call me superficial, call me a disappointment to feminism and women in general.  I really don’t care.  One advantage of being in the half a century fun group is, it’s just really none of your business and I don’t give a rip what you think.&nbRead full post »

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DECEMBER 14, 2009 1:39PM

The Red God Vine Club

red top
(This is the story of why I love this picture so much.)
I was a late bloomer.  I’m not exaggerating when I say that.  Put it this way: I got my driver’s license before I got my period and no, I didn’t live on a farm.

Starting in junior

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DECEMBER 4, 2009 10:28AM

Nobody Asked Me

sad teenage boy

It was first thing in the morning and he came into my office with hesitation and reluctance.  It was clear to me that showing up at that ungodly hour was the last place this 15-year-old boy* wanted to be.  His coming to see me was not his choice;Read full post »

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DECEMBER 2, 2009 9:44AM

Burka Barbie?

Burka Barbie

                               Burka Barbie: The iconic doll wearing traditional Islamic dress 

Burka Barbie creator 

Designer: Eliana Lorena 

Burka Barbie? 

I have to admit that when I first read the newRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 18, 2009 5:24PM

Cat Fight!!!

Cat fight


I had a fitful and restless sleep last night.  I tossed and turned…images of angry women, bitter women accusing other angry and bitter women of all sorts of devious and manipulative acts.

“She’s a bitch!”

&ldRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 4, 2009 2:12PM

A Gay Man Straightens Me Out

 Maine voters

(Supporters of the repeal of gay marriage celebrate their "victory") 

I woke up this morning to unexpected news.  Maine had gone mad and had followed in the crazy footsteps of California.  Seriously?  Please tell me this didn’t happen…again!

Who arRead full post »

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OCTOBER 31, 2009 10:44AM

Annual Naked Pumpkin Run Squashed--UPDATE

Part II
If you read my post yesterday (Part I is below), you would know that the Boulder City government had a mountain over a mole hill-size reaction to the thought of naked pumpkin runners and college students and the rest of… Read full post »
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OCTOBER 21, 2009 2:00PM


Rejection:  verb; dismiss as inadequate, inappropriate, or not to one’s taste.

Rejection is a necessary and unavoidable part of being a human being.  Some would argue that rejection is good…it keeps our egos in check, keeps us humble, and helps us to become more compassionate/Read full post »

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OCTOBER 14, 2009 1:03PM

Ding Dong The Dick is Dead

 seniors having sex

("I'm not a dirty old man, I'm a sexy senior citizen.")

“Ding dong the dick is dead, dick is dead, dick is dead, ding dong the wicked dick is dead, hi ho, hi ho….”

Wanda Sykes, another brilliant philosopher and psychotherapist disguised as a comedian, sings thisRead full post »

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OCTOBER 6, 2009 12:38PM

The Dirty Details of Life and Death


(This was my original avitar when I joined Open Salon over a year's also the perfect visual for how embarrassed I the'll see what I mean)


My father died 21 years ago.  My sister, Just Cathy, wrote a loving tribute to him last week on the a/Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 1:13PM

The Stalking of the American Teenager


 Helicopter parents
(Helicopter Parents:  Get A Frigging Life and Let Your Children Fly!) 

 Who is stalking the youth of America? What predator tracks down every move, every breath of the young and nubile? When did it become the norm that generation gaps have less gaps and m… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2009 12:01PM

The Tell All Expose of the Obama Marriage!


The newlywed Obamas when they believed in Happy Ever After (1992)


Tongues are wagging.  Oh do tell!

In his soon to be released book, “Barack and Michelle:  Portrait of an American Marriage”, author Christopher Andersen “exposes” the dark side of/Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2009 9:56AM

I Was A Racist Little Girl

A girl in shame  

I was a racist little girl.  It’s hard to admit this.  Who wants to admit that? The memory was stored away safely in a locked up compartment of my mind.  But with racism being exhibited in loud and ugly ways as of late, that memory is claustrophobRead full post »

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AUGUST 28, 2009 2:59PM

Humbled By A Katrina Victim

african queen
A great depiction of the African Queen I Met 

Planeloads of victims from Hurricane Katrina flew to the mountains of Colorado to deposit their suddenly homeless passengers to a place where worries of oceans gone wild weren’t a concern.

I worked with these victims for tRead full post »

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AUGUST 26, 2009 12:43PM

OMG: Teen Texting Kills!

teen text

I just spent a spectacular several days with my four twentyish-old children.  I had the time of my life, even though there were several times when they severely annoyed me.

One of the main things that annoyed me was the continual texting on the cell phonesRead full post »

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AUGUST 17, 2009 10:15AM

Parents and the Ways We Annoy Our Kids

 annoying mosquito

(The mosquito and I have a lot in common...we're both annoying) 

Sometimes, on the rarest of occasions, I annoy the hell out of my children.  I know, right?  How could this be?  I mean, it’s ME.  And as far as I’m concerned, I’m so unannoyable/Read full post »

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AUGUST 11, 2009 11:36AM

The Elusive G-Spot...Does It Really Exist?

Oh geez.  I hope my kids don't read this.  I really don't.  They're good about reading my stuff but it's usually with a little prodding and a bribe from me involving George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  

Even though this post is not about ME, they will hate the fact that… Read full post »

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AUGUST 5, 2009 2:52PM

Who Should Replace Paula Abdul on American Idol?

I woke up early this morning with great anticipation.  I had been following the story of the two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in North Korea for allegedly being "spies" for 4 months. My heart ached for them on a daily… Read full post »