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Me 7.3.12

My life isn’t always pretty. I grapple with anxiety on a daily basis. I cart around entirely way too much baggage. I have daddy issues and motherless daughter issues and weight issues and insecurity issues. I fall down a lot. Sometimes I feel as if I’ll never be able to get back up . . . but I always get back up.

I smile and laugh . . . a lot. Part of that is likely due to a twisted sense of humor, but I’ll take it. I love my life despite any traumas or difficulties I experience or have experienced.

I write because I don’t know any other way. I write because words are embedded in every fiber of my being. I write because I think too much and feel too much. I write because it allows me to be everything I’ve ever thought about being.

I’ve always had trouble narrowing down my interests. In a past life I could easily see myself as a scientist, a veterinarian, a teacher (well, I was one of those in this life too), the Doctor’s next companion, a politician, a psychologist, and so much more. Because I write, I don’t have to choose.

This blog is self-indulgent, but I think all blogs are self-indulgent. I write about everything that means anything to me. Many posts are inspired by my amazingly quirky, intelligent, creative, smart ass 8-year-old daughter. Many are political or philosophical — I am an extremely left-leaning, feminist, equality-seeking hippy . . . and damn proud of each of those labels. Many posts will expose those not-so-pretty parts of my life. Some posts will just be random silliness. But everything I write here will be me.

 “A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.” ~Kurt Vonnegut


11 responses to this post.

  1. […] Valerie Following up to a previous post announcing my receipt of the Kreativ Blogger award from Dayle L. Fraschilla, I am honored to announce my top 10 fave bloggers who have earned the Kreativ Blogger award for […]


  2. Posted by amber on May 15, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Do you have a Facebook account? I would love to add you.


  3. Great post!!! You are an excellent quote-finder. The Vonnegut line is profound, in an obvious kind of way. I can completely identify with this: “I am a walking contradiction.” I started a post (and abandoned it) about the time when a guy called me a paradox years ago. I’m not sure he meant it as a compliment, but that’s how I took it. : )


    • Thanks Shawna!

      I am a huge Vonnegut fan and have found the he had quite a knack for stating the obvious in a profound way!

      I would so definitely take paradox as a compliment . . . . it’s so much fun to keep people guessing 🙂


  4. I have never read his work but have intended to several times. What are your favorites?


    • The first I read was Slaughterhouse-Five. I thought it was brilliant, but it seems to be hit or miss whether or not people like it. Breakfast of Champions is probably my favorite Vonnegut book. The most recent one I read was Timequake, which isn’t so much a novel as Vonnegut’s excuse to write a whole bunch of anecdotes of his life. It’s hysterical. (It was also his last book.) Cat’s Cradle is another awesome one 🙂

      And I’ll leave you with another of my most favorite Vonnegut quotes:

      “Don’t use semicolons. They stand for absolutely nothing. They are transvestite hermaphrodites. They are just a way of showing off. To show that you have been to college.”


  5. Love that quote! Cracking up … silently!


  6. Hello Dayle, would you like to answer these questions? http://bluejellybeans.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/very-special-times/.


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