Self Discovery

In pursuit of happiness

It's almost impossible to believe that it has been almost three years since I exited my crate and took my place as the Queen of the Casa del Whackos. I have settled into a comfortable place in my life, but I fear comfort as much as I fear discomfort, for it is in times of stress that have also been my greatest times of growth. Only in moments of extreme fatigue do I catch a…
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Do not go gently into that good night

One of dad's strongly held beliefs is that you never have to worry about entering your second childhood if you absolutely refuse to leave your first. This may explain why fart jokes and scare pranks are essentially the Balm of Gilead around the Casa del Whackos; this is NOT the place to visit if you're expecting polite conversation and sophisticated humor. But sometimes even dad's approaching senility begins to rear its ugly head, an example:…
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Feliz Navidad…

...to the extended family of inmates that encompasses the globe, and beyond. When I say beyond, I mean to include those that may have gone on before, but remain here as well, for as long as you are remembered, you are immortal. (I'm talking about you, Darling Nikki) Who knew that the act of adding one inmate to the Casa back in 2015 would have the effect of essentially adding 25,000? And I'm thankful for…
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Repairer of the Breech

The highway from Tres Piedras to Taos is as straight as a string, both sides of the road densely populated by sagebrush and little else. The only sign of habitation, human or otherwise(after all, this IS New Mexico), is the occasional "Earth Ship" set way back in the scrub. Earthships are structures that resemble alien spacecraft, hobbit dwellings, or something you might envision in a Mad Max movie. Some use stacks of discarded tires in…

Stop, drop, and roll

We've all heard the instructions; when you're on fire, stop running, drop to the ground, and roll to put out the flames. Sound advice in the literal, but even more effective when the fire seems to be internal, or "shut up in my bones", as the old prophet said. There is always so much to be done, and at the very least, work always seems to expand to fill the time allotted. Sometimes you just…
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Tim and Marissa

Dad here; Oba(mom's mom from North Carolina, flew in last week for Kats graduation, and will be staying at the Casa for the next couple of weeks. As an 82 year old Okinawan and a pack of rowdy dogs don't always coexist well, I have set up shop in Zach's old room, with Zach's old twin bed. The inmates see no reason to change sleeping companions, so I now am sharing my even more meager…
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Can we talk?

When I first snatched the smartphone from dad's incapable hands almost three years ago, my initial purpose was to update my fledgling family on my recovery from my time in the crate. It wasn't until shortly thereafter that I realized I had a message and a purpose; to do my part to counteract the mindless negativity and division that assaults us daily. There's no better feeling in the world than to feel needed, but at…
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