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Hello! I'm a writer from central New York who has bipolar disorder. Among other topics, I write about mental illness and writing. I have short stories published in Lynx Eye, Lost Coast Review, The Outrider Review, Sliver of Stone Magazine, The Mondegreen, The Linnet's Wings, Cobalt Review, Breath & Shadow, The Round Up, Postscripts to Darkness, Masque & Spectacle, and several other journals. I have essays about mental illness in The Ram Boutique and Amygdala Literary Magazine, and an essay in Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness & Health, a book that was published by Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective. In December of 2016, The Mondegreen nominated my story "Santa Lucia" for a Pushcart Prize. I've written a novel entitled Purple Loosestrife and a novel entitled Hoping It Might Be So, both of which I am submitting to agents and publishers. I'm working on a novel called Dark and Bright as well as a book called Violets Are Blue: Essays About My Bipolar Life. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in English from SUNY College at Brockport. I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Favorite Flowers

Among my favorite flowers are lilacs, lily of the valley, peonies, and wild violets. I am deeply inspired by flowers and blessed to have all but peonies growing in my yard. But I will change this--I plan to look for peonies to plant this year.

I have purple lilacs on my kitchen table right now.

I don't bring lily of the valley into my house because I have a cat who might try to eat it and it's poisonous (at least it is to humans, but I'm not going to take any chances).
Peonies are so lush and gorgeous. They make me think of frosting. I'm determined to get some for my yard this year.
Wild violets grow all over my yard. I guess they could be considered weeds since they just pop up on their own, but I absolutely adore them.

I think of other flowers that could be placed in the "my favorite flowers" category, but these ones rank at the top of the list.

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