Index

Essay

Women Fly (June 2019)

Endless Summer (June 2019)

Social Media (May 2019)

Mother’s Day (May 2019)

Audio Blog (May 2019)

Supper Club (April 2019)

Public House (April 2019)

Geek (April 2019)

Months in review: Jan-Mar 2019 (April 2019)

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)

Mary & Christine’s Big Adventure- Part 5 (August 2019)

Mary & Christine’s Big Adventure- Part 4 (August 2019)

Mary & Christine’s Big Adventure- Part 3 (July 2019)

Mary & Christine’s Big Adventure- Part 2 (July 2019)

Mary & Christine’s Big Adventure- Part 1 (July 2019)

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

Books

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

Poetry

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

12th Month (December 2003): Nature

Lady of Green Glen (October 2003): Phenomenon

The Drive (October 2003): Travel and moving

Humor

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.

Drama

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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