Category Archives: Getting Real

Dealing with Depression


Nine months ago I wrote a post called Affirmation Giveaway. It was a less-intense intro to this area but I felt it was a good start into examining my own feelings on the topic and the most important takeaway – I understand and I will be there if you need me because I DO understand. This post is more direct about a topic that tends to be misunderstood, shied-away from and even stigmatized: depression. I’ve started and stopped this post so many times becomes of that fear of being ridiculed, ignored or hurt by my honest. But after dealing with another episode this week, can’t pretend it isn’t here any more. It’s time to talk candidly.

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Writing Under the Influence


My blog just told me it’s been a month since my last post. EEP! Sorry I disappeared…

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A Dozen Years of DEG


Today marks my twelfth anniversary at my current job with DEG. A dozen years. Wow! What does one say about such an occasion? Well…read on and find out. 🙂

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10 Ways Marching Band Prepared Us for Life


It might seem strange for a woman in her forties to write about marching band but … Well, I won’t lie. It IS kind of strange but I don’t care. This site is called “Eccentric Randomness” for a reason! The catalyst for this happened while I was driving home and it grew from there.

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Give Yourself a Valentine’s Gift of Self Love


Oh you love haters! We’ve all been inundated with the “I hate Valentine’s Day” naysayers, haven’t we? Complaints about the commercial aspects, how it’s a “Hallmark” holiday (which, BTW, it’s NOT. Do a little research, would ya?) and, worst in my eyes, the “I’m single and this day SUCKS” people. This is a note to you…and to those who love Valentine’s Day. And to even those who are ambivalent about it. Basically, it’s a note to everyone. 🙂

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All Dreams Matter, Big or Small


I’ve had a secret dream since I was about 10, one that I honestly thought I’d never be able to live as an adult. But, this year, I will have the chance to cross off this “bucket list” item – PERFORM IN CARNEGIE HALL!!

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New Year, SAME Me


This year my resolution is – NO resolutions! But, there will be a word of the year and there are GOALS. But, no resolutions.

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Christmas Magic from the ‘Me’ Generation


Many people will say that the current generation of young people are in the “Me Generation”. That kids are only about themselves or that they feel entitled to luxuries as staples in their lives. That they’re ungrateful or uncaring. But, today, I want to tell you about a group of kids who make many adults I know look like chumps.

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In Search of Christmas Spirit


Hello? Christmas spirit? Oh, Christmas spirit? Where the hell are you??

I’m searching high and low trying to find the spirit of Christmas this year. It’s been very elusive and it’s already December 16. Whoa. Sixteen days into December, the month of Christmas and love and giving and I’m simply NOT feeling it. Like, not at all. Not a single damn bit.

And I think – think – I’m figuring out what’s missing. And it pains me to admit this because it was a choice I made several years ago.

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Finding Strength from Within


Lately I’ve been fighting life. Family, friends, community, work …everything and everyone. And it’s time to stop.

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