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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 a poem in The Poeming Pigeon, 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. My story "Santa Lucia" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I've written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished. I'm working on a memoir about my experiences with bipolar disorder. 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!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Things Catholic

I visited an antique shop with my sister in Canandaigua, New York, over the weekend. There I bought an antique holy water font that I'm pretty sure is made of lead. Here's a picture of it.

I love Catholic iconography. I collect crucifixes and holy cards. My favorite and most valued crucifix is pictured here. It's an antique--a family heirloom from Sicily that I inherited from my paternal grandmother. I believe it belonged to her father at one time.

The holy water font stirs my imagination. I wonder how many hands have reached into it, whose hands those were, what stories the people with those hands could tell.

Two of the stories I'm currently working on, "The Infant of Prague" and "Santa Lucia", involve things Catholic. I'm fascinated not only by Catholic iconography, but by Catholic legends, stories, and saints. I'm glad I can draw upon my Catholic background to create fiction.

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