Author Archives: Sheila N

About Sheila N

Enough about me. Art by Tom Brown.

Mum’s the Word: a Blog for American Mother’s Day

I have two mothers. They’re both dead. One was called Mum. It would have felt disrespectful to call her Doreen. The other one – the first one – was mostly called Mom. My dad called me out if I slipped … Continue reading

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Marriage & Special Features

We’ve been married a ridiculously long time: so much for the friends and family who said it would never last. I think it’s more of a tribute to his patience and sense of hope; as for me, well, I can … Continue reading

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Camp Cusworth v Camp Wakanda

I haven’t been to a camp for over 46 years, not unless you count the long weekend my friend & I spent in a teepee near Balmoral. “Camp Cusworth” refers to the mental health ward I was on from early … Continue reading

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Hospital, My Father, and the Right to Grieve

As I write this. the local blackbird is singing its heart out. It’s around 05:30 am. The sun will be rising as I’m writing this . on a mental health hospital ward, again. I’m a bit ashamed to say that … Continue reading

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A Number of Frozen Balloons

Feeling a bit frozen this weekend – no, not that – due to a heavy snowfall, and life events. Heavy for round here that is, it isn’t the snow of my Michigan childhood and young adulthood. Yesterday I did something … Continue reading

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