Sunny Tells the Truth

Please go read my friend’s post ERP: An Absolute Necessity.

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in which history is amazing

Jackie Lea Sommers:

So, so great.

Originally posted on mackenzi lee:

Unless you’re new here, it will come as no surprise that one of my three great loves is history. I have a BA in history. I write historical fiction. My first job was as a blacksmith’s apprentice at an 1850s reenacenment park. My first boyfriend took me to a pioneer ball1.

However, it has come to my attention that some people out there think history is boring.

To which I say, BORING!? What is wrong with you!?

Oh, you’re probably thinking about all those dates your teacher made you memorize in high school. On this day, this bill was signed. On this day, so and so was elected president. This was the year a war was won.

And you would be right—that crap is boring. But history is not!

So here’s a PSA to remind you that history is not boring. It is, in fact, the single most…

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Book Characters on a Deserted Island (with me!)

island21. Jonah Griggs: this cadet knows how to set up camp and survive in the woods.

2. Evanjalin of the Monts: full of self-sacrifice and clever riskiness that pays off.

3 and 4. Peter and Edmund Pevensie: always good to have along for an adventure!

5. Peregrin the Savage: to keep us safe.

6, 7, and 8. Harry, Ron, and Hermione: um, duh. You always want this epic trio on your side.

9. Josh Bennett: he could build us an awesome treehouse to live in.

10. Marco Alisdair: when we got sick of the island, he could use magic to get us home.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Image credit: Don McCullough, modified by me


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Not a Therapist, Just a Resource

unsplash5It’s true: I know a fair amount about OCD. I experienced it for 20 years, I successfully went through ERP therapy, I wrote an (unpublished) novel about a character who struggled from it, I am part of the leadership team for OCD Twin Cities, and I blog about it regularly.

But I’m not a therapist.

I’m only a resource. I can tell others what I know, what I’ve experienced, what to look for in an ERP therapist, what books might be helpful, etc.  But I cannot walk them, hand-in-hand, through exposure therapy. I have to remind others AND MYSELF of this. Often.

To those of you who blog about OCD and ERP, do you have this same problem?  How do you handle it?

For (lots!) more about OCD and ERP, go to

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A playground of monsters.

But also home to the boy in the collar,
pressing his lips against my pulsing wrist.

And so we’ll stay.

Image credit: Engelhardt Photography

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What are you passionate about?

Leave me a comment of the three things you’re most passionate about right now.  Also, let’s assume that you’re passionate about family and friends and (if you’re religious) God.  I want to hear about everything else.

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The Best Part of Wikipedia

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I can’t tell you how many amazing things I have found through simply clicking that “Random article” button (and also from hopping from page to page through links).  The premise of Truest was inspired by a Wikipedia article, believe it or not.

I love knowledge.


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