Frozen Turkey (November 2019): We can and should celebrate, even when life throws us curve balls

Deer Strike (November 2019): The story of my car accident

Natalie Diaz, Mojave American Poet (October 2019): Book review of a powerful native american poet

Months in review: Jul-Sep 2019 (October 2019): Reflection on my writing life

Women Fly (June 2019): The story of my becoming a pilot

Endless Summer (June 2019): Growing up too fast and finding peace again

Social Media (May 2019): The power and poison of social media

Mother’s Day (May 2019): The story of my mother’s cancer

Audio Blog (May 2019): Recording my writing because performance is half of the art

Supper Club (April 2019): I host dinner parties

Public House (April 2019): Writing in bars

Geek (April 2019): My road to a career in IT

Months in review: Jan-Mar 2019 (April 2019): Reflection on my writing life

Cycle St Paul. Hills and All. (October 2018): I took up cycling in 2014 after a successful back surgery returned full use of my left leg. This is the story of why and how I trained for RAGBRAI – twice!

Irish American (March 2019): I was taught to honor where I come from and the sacrifices my ancestors made for me to get here. This essay reflects on what it means to me to be Irish American Catholic.

Stuff (March 2019): House fires take more than your things. It takes many years to rebuild your life. This blog is one of a series in which I reflect on what it has taken for me to come back from my fire in 2013.

Wardrobe (February 2019): Clothing choice often dictates how others treat us- but why? And how do you help your loved ones pick out the clothes they will be buried in? This blog is one of a series in which I reflect on life in general within the context of my grief and acceptance of my mother’s terminal cancer.

Valentinus (February 2019): Reflection on the true nature of love in the context of Valentine’s Day.

Outwear (February 2019): I lost almost everything in a house fire in 2013. This is a reflection on replacing some of what I lost and how it feels to be a Tall XL woman shopping for clothes in general.

The Great Wide Open (January 2019): Mom has MDS (blood cancer) and we are planning a family trip to make some good memories.

Party of One (January 2019): Reflection on the ten year anniversary of being single.

Resolution (January 2019): New Year’s reflection on not so much resolutions as commitments to myself.

P.S. 2018 (January 2019): End of year reflection on my writing life.

Toys for Tots (December 2018): Another tradition I keep at Christmas to give to children in need so that they may have a Merry Christmas.

Christmas Cards (December 2018): One of the few traditions I keep at Christmas- sending cards to friends and family.

Sell Out (November 2018): My first college major was music but I had to give it up in despair due to overwhelming stage fright. This is the story of that personal loss.

Wayfarers Thanksgiving (November 2018): Annual celebration of Thanksgiving aimed at providing a feast for people without a place to celebrate.

Life as I know it: November 10, 2018 (November 2018): Mom has MDS (blood cancer) and I am changing how I use my blog. This essay is where I am at personally in the process of dealing with her cancer.

Months in review: Jul-Oct 2018 (November 2018): Reflection on my writing life

Popcorn from the Void: one-year anniversary (July 2018): I am the editor of this book but have also conducted marketing campaigns to promote it. This is the story of how that’s turned out.

Mid-year review: Jan-Jun 2018 (July 2018): My writing life

Month in review: May 2018: My writing life, such as it is

Usual Early Morning Stuff (February 2018): My writing practice

I See You (July 2016): Visiting the ICU…

Month in review: April 2018: My writing life

Month in review: March 2018: My writing life

High Water (January 2018): Trauma and moving on

P.S. 2017 (January 2018): End of year reflection on my writing life

To Edit a Book (August 2017): A book is a story but there is also the story of how it was created. This is the tale of how I took 180K of raw material and turned it into a published book.

Artist Life (May 2017): Opinion piece about not giving up on your artist life.

Travel Log

Mary & Christine’s Big Adventure- Part 6 (August 2019): Tuesday, June 25 to Friday, June 28 ~ SC-NC-TN-KY-IN (803 miles)

Mary & Christine’s Big Adventure- Part 5 (August 2019): Friday, June 21 to Monday, June 24 ~ FL-GA (496 miles)

Mary & Christine’s Big Adventure- Part 4 (August 2019): Tuesday, June 18, 2019 to Thursday, June 20 ~ AL-FL (315 miles)

Mary & Christine’s Big Adventure- Part 3 (July 2019): Monday, June 17 to Tuesday, June 18, 2019 ~ TN-AL (212 miles)

Mary & Christine’s Big Adventure- Part 2 (July 2019): Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16, 2019 ~ MN-IL-KY-TN (901 miles)

Mary & Christine’s Big Adventure- Part 1 (July 2019): My 79-year-old terminally ill mother and I went on a road trip- totaling 3,781 miles in 16 days across 11 states.

RAGBRAI 2015: (July 2018) My training journey from non-cyclist to riding my bike across the state of Iowa in 7 days.

Travel Log: Thunder Bay, ON: (June 2018) Weekend adventure along the north shore of Lake Superior with mom.

Single, White, Professional, Female- in Kansas City, April 2018: Business travel to Kansas City, MO

Great American Road Trip- Part 8 (October 2017) Friday, August 4 ~ MT (740 Miles) & Saturday, August 5 ~ MT-ND-MN (619 Miles)

Great American Road Trip- Part 7 (October 2017) Tuesday, August 1 to Thursday, August 3, 2017 ~ MT

Great American Road Trip- Part 6 (September 2017) Sunday, July 30 ~ OR-WA (295 Miles) & Monday July 31, 2017 ~ WA-MT (518 Miles)

Great American Road Trip- Part 5 (September 2017) Tuesday, July 25 to Saturday, July 29, 2017 ~ ID-OR (604 miles)

Great American Road Trip- Part 4 (September 2017) Monday, July 24, 2017 ~ WY-UT-ID (455 miles)

Great American Road Trip- Part 3 (September 2017) Sunday, July 23, 2017 ~ SD-WY (605 miles)

Great American Road Trip- Part 2 (August 2017) Saturday, July 22, 2017 ~ MN-SD (519 miles)

Great American Road Trip- Part 1 (August 2017)  4,500 miles, over 15 days, through 9 states all by myself


Popcorn from the Void: Observations, Manic Kvetching, and the Raw Truth of Leukemia
Written by Todd Park, Edited by C.M.Mounts


Night Flight (July 2003)

Life’s a Beach (November 2019)

Apple Tree (March 2005): Memories of my father, 20 years later

Japanese Garden (revised February 2019): Erotic poem set in a botanical garden

Valentinus (February 2019): Valentine’s Day love poem (it is at the end of an esssay I wrote with the same name)

Loneliness (December 2017): Isolation

Auto (May 2017): Life choices

Your eyes, My breath (April 2017): Romance

Scars (January 2018): Moving on from difficult times

Summer’s End (August 2017): Life after a medical crisis

Perfect World (October 2017): Ideal writing life

Wayside (October 2017): Cycling manage depression

Breaker (June 2018): Moving on with a broken heart

Silent Goodbyes (September 2017): Missed connection

Ginger (June 2018): Love of food, friends, and family

Soaked in Crimson (March 2018): College days

Drifting in at Night (March 2018): Peace in solitude

Movement (April 2003): Forced relocation

Across Water (May 2016): Family relationships

Paris With You (February 2018): Travel & Relationships

Blue Sheet of Sky (October 2017): Desire

Small (January 2018): Abusive relationships

Morning Light (September 2017): Unrequited love

Boil (October 2017): Abusive relationships

Magic (January 2018): Relationships and nature

Authentic (June 2017): Human behavior

New Moon (August 2017): Relationships

Closing Time (August 2015): Relationships

1st World Problems (August 2017): Life in the USA

Life Is (June 2017): Relationships

Friday Morning (August 2017): Travel and nature

Isolation (June 2017): Moving on from difficult times

RAGBRAI (May 2017): Cycling experience

Nursing Home (February 2017): Life in a nursing home

Caregiver (April 2017): Life after a medical crisis

Affinity (April 2017): Relationships

High Romance (April 2017): Desire

Cycle (April 2017): Cycling experience

Bitter Fruit (April 2017): Passage of time

Young Love (March 2016): In love in your 20’s

Sands of Time (May 2016): Make time for art

Closure (April 2017): To move on from difficult times

Summer Wind (February 2017): Nature

Ghost Inside (January 2017): Body language and relationships

Philosophic Tragedy (March 2017): Unrequited love

Something Worth Letting Go  (January 2015): House fire

Lady of Green Glen (October 2003): Phenomenon

The Drive (October 2003): Travel and moving


Tongue Twister (September 2008): Infomercial sells tongue clamp; Includes possible uses and a sure-fire formula to go from rags to riches.

Glamorous (August 2016): Lonely office worker meets female impersonator in a jewelry shop who inspires her to fulfill her dream to become a burlesque dancer.

Laundry Day (December 2014): Drunk, racist bully enters confrontation with two women at a laundromat.

Blood, tips, and Gore (November 2014): Would be rock star seeks revenge against the PMRC for the Parental Advisory sticker that banned his record from Catholic college radio.

The Wedding (Mach 2014): Wedding day mishaps for an unusual couple in love.


What is yours? (December 2017): Existential reflection on the state of a writers life

Baggage (December 2017): Life as a long married couple

Corner Café (January 2017): Scenes from a corner café where people from all walks of life mix together through time.

Red Letter Day (January 2017): Memories of a lonely heart’s unrequited love.

Thanksgiving (January 2015): Tragic death amplified by the holiday season- third-person omnipresent narrator (related to ‘In Thanksgiving’ post).

California, ND 58010 (December 2014): Scenes set in contrast between growing up in North Dakota and living adult life on the California coast.

In Thanksgiving (November 2014): Tragic death amplified by the holiday season- first-person child narrator (Related to ‘Thanksgiving’ post).

Hunter Green (November 2014): Exploration of difficult relationship between a father and son.


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