The Ideal Life Roundup: Sexuality

Back when I first undertook to write about this subject, it made me squirm. But there is something good about doing things that make us squirm: quite often the thought of doing something is worse than the actually doing of the thing, in this case, writing about such a private topic. Whether I like itContinue reading “The Ideal Life Roundup: Sexuality”


By setting out to write one article for each of my Ideal Life themes, I took this horse outta the barn. Because I am a rule-follower and finisher, I’m going to awkwardly try to ride it. It might be a bumpy, uncomfortable ride. I apologize in advance. I am a natural enthusiast. When I likeContinue reading “Sexuality”

Ideal Life Week Two

Let’s recap yesterday’s episode: For each day of the Ideal Life Exercise there is a theme, one broad category of life in which I believe that if I made progress, I would be closer to my Ideal Life, as defined by a long series of In my Ideal Life I am a person who… statements.Continue reading “Ideal Life Week Two”

Are you still there, Lily?

To: Miss Lily FieldsWoods of the Lake, Northeastern Ohio From: Mme L.F. Indulgent-ScalawagsAlsace, France Dear Lily, I’m worried about you. Please just drop me a line to let me know you are all right. Love,Mme Indulgent-Scalawags Lily Responds To: Mme L.F. Indulgent-ScalawagsAlsace, France From: Miss Lily FieldsWoods by the Lake, Northeastern Ohio Dear Mme Indulgent-Scalawags,Continue reading “Are you still there, Lily?”

Listen to me, Lily

To: Mme L.F. Indulgent-ScalawagsAlsace, France From: Miss Lily FieldsWoods of the Lake, Northeastern Ohio Dear Mme Indulgent-Scalawags, You didn’t mention anything about my cute blond hair, and honestly, I’m almost offended. Well, I decided not to continue studying with that voice teacher. We had a few…differences of opinion, but you seemed to know that wouldContinue reading “Listen to me, Lily”

Dear Miss Fields

A whispered note to my reader: If it seems at times that I am laying it on a bit thick with Lily Fields, age 20, this is because I know how she thinks and I know that she first needs to feel important and admired before she will ever listen to anyone. She is muchContinue reading “Dear Miss Fields”