Author: Mona B.

June 1, 2017 – Another Month Come and Gone and I’m Still Here

May was an incredibly rough month for me. So many things occurred and a lot of emotions got stirred up. I will say that I realized how strong I really am. I had some incredibly dark moments and I really have to confess I had a couple of little breakdowns, but in the end, I…
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May 30, 2017 – Don’t Make Fun of My OCD!

So over the past few years, I have been teased by a lot of people making fun of my obsessive compulsive desire to buy art supplies. I have an intimate relationship with Michaels and can’t wait to make it to the new Blick store in Tampa. Yes, I’ve been snickered at, and though it has…
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May 29, 2017 – Dear Diary

At the age of 11, I begged my mom for a diary. I wanted to start saving my thoughts, poems, and ideas. My days in the closet had ended about a year before that, so I felt it would be a great start for my future to be able to document my past. It was…
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May 28, 2017 – Sanctuary In A Closet

As I peruse through my memory bank while working on my show, interesting things surface. I keep coming back to my 7-year-old self. That was a tumultuous time for me. It was the year the beatings began, the year my father put my mom and I up in a one room apartment as he prepared…
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May 27, 2017 – Be Grateful

I have so much I could say today, so many words I could write; however… I’m just going to post a photo of this project I worked on that entered my brain and screamed to get out. It’s like a first draft of a poem. I’ll be revisiting this, starting over, and taking it to…
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May 26, 2017 – Rise After Every Fall

Today is a day of fullness emotionally. I have felt this creative surge flowing through me like never before. There is something occurring my my being and I am just opening myself up and receiving it. There are no questions, no whys or why nots, no holding back, just acceptance. I’d had most of my…
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May 25, 2017 – Miraculous Mutti

Today is my mother’s 90th Birthday. A year ago today, I took a turn of the dime flight to Connecticut, as I was told my mother was reaching the end of her life. For some reason when I got there, things turned around. My mom started to eat and was in and out of being…
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May 24, 2017 – Introspection

“Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions. Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits. Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become your values. Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny.” ~Mahatma Gandhi~ I’ve…
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May 23, 2017 – Putting Poverty Into Perspective

I suppose poverty means something different to everyone. For me, it brings back memories of my time in Camden, New Jersey. I had just come out of shelter for battered women, and through Welfare was granted Section 8 housing. Just to put Camden into perspective, at the time I lived there, it had the highest…
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May 22, 2017 – It’s A Bloodletting Of Sorts

Back in the day when someone was sick, before we had all this modern medicine, blood letting was a way of trying to release toxins from the body. It did not often work, but it gave a sense of hope. I wonder sometimes if this old way of doing things has translated into modern day…
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