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.
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
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
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.