Pillows of Optimism

Insomnia. Once upon a time I would have laughed myself silly at the notion I would ever suffer from it. Sleep was blissful respite, a safety zone from the terrors of the day, whatever form they took: bullying classmates; bullying mother; bad boyfriends; academic anxiety; work stress; parenting. Then came middle age. Perimenopause. Divorce. Survival. …

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An Open Letter to My Menopausal Brain

Dear Brain: It's been too long, really, since I've needed to address this concern.  I don't believe you will be surprised by what I have to say and I hope we can come to some mutually-beneficial agreement. Remember, oh, forever? How we've always been a morning person? Up and at it early, ready to go, …

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