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53 Years & Counting...

My girls Christmas 2020~ 

Another year of memories made, things accomplished, and things undone. Such is the journey of life.

I am ever grateful for my amazing daughters and the life and lessons they have given me.


Harli, for giving me the gift of being a mom, for teaching me about real love, embracing each moment, and even for the long string of sleepless nights. For showing me that everyone brings a gift to the table, that all of us, every single one, are important and should be valued. Teaching me that even when we are silent, it never means we have nothing to say. That choosing our words is as important as choosing our thoughts. We are all in charge of our own script, and the ability to share it, should never be taken for granted, nor taken away.


Harli, I have learned a strength through you, that I never thought possible. Thank you for knocking down the walls, crumbling the obstacles and teaching me to look past the judgements of others. To take only what I need and leave the rest.


Destini, you have given me my greatest rewards as a person, a parent, a fellow observer in this maddening world; Resilience. You have shown me, that even in the most trying of times, we decide whether or not to embrace life. It is a choice we make every single day. The light at the end of a dark tunnel is up to us, that we carry the switch, and we alone have the power to turn it on.


Destini you have given me the blessing of watching innocence and kindness blossom, and that even the most fragile of flowers can withstand the greatest of storms. With all of the things you have had to overcome, for no other reason than just being my daughter, and Harli's sister, you have done so with strength and determination, never wavering or compromising who you are.


Yes, even when your anxiety is through the roof top, you always climb back down and move forward to conquer another day. Thank you for showing me kindness in action, grace in the darkness and compassion in the midst of the storms.


Chloe, you have completed our lives in so many ways. You encompass so many things that I see in my own children, and yet your uniqueness shines through. For someone so little, and so young, you have walked the rockiest of roads and climbed the highest of mountains, facing more opposition in your short years than most do in a lifetime.


Chloe, you have shown me that nothing is impossible, everything can be surmounted, and life can be beautiful even in the dark. I watch you win the battles against your demons every single day, and the way you carry your sword, reminds us all how intense strength can be.


While the world spins, mostly out of control, I know we as a people, have come far, yet I am not blind to the fact of how much further we've yet to go. The discord that reaches across oceans, the boiling point of our nation, the fear in the eyes of our brothers and sisters, all made softer in the gentle hands of our children.


I will blow out the candles tonight and make a wish, it will be for the same things I always wish for. That we all find a way to join hands, to embrace our differences and relish in our sameness. There is nothing more beautifully dangerous, nor perfectly imperfect, than being human.


I stand in gratitude for all this life has given me. The obstacles, the gifts, the climb, and the descent; all leading to the person I have become. I am thankful for every person that has come into my life, and for all of those that have left.  I am grateful every day for waking in the morning and still finding Freedom outside my front door, and for the fight we all join to keep it.


Here's to 53 more years along this ever-winding road.

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A Legacy of Talent

On this day 100 years ago Mary Patricia Plangman was born in Ft. Worth Texas. Twenty-nine years later she would become known all over the world as Patricia Highsmith when her first novel Strangers on a Train was optioned by none other than Alfred Hitchcock.

Highsmith went on to become one of the most elite writers of mystery and murder. Her ability to tap into the psyche of her murderous characters offered up tales woven on the border of horror like no other and quickly put her in a genre all her own.

Author of more than twenty novels, including The Talented Mr. Ripley and his many new adventures that followed, Highsmith was soon among the most filmed authors with a total of 28 films depicting her stories and unforgettable characters.  The beautiful cinematography success of the 2015 Todd Haynes film Carol, based on Highsmith's novel The Price of Salt, was nominated for numerous awards including the Oscars and Cannes.  

Diogenes Verlag, the literary estate holder of Patricia Highsmith, in preparation for the marking of her 100th birthday released Ladies, showcasing stories that previously appeared in school newspapers and women's magazines. This never before published five story collection was soon followed by the reprinting of other Highsmith works: The Sweet Madness, Deep Water, The Owl's Cry, Elsie's Lust for Life, Edith's Diary and The Price of Salt.

A complicated and brilliant woman, Highsmith possessed a darkness that would catapult her career and simultaneously disrupt her personal life many times over. Her private diaries, filled with prejudices, longing, love and despair, display an inner battle of self-loathing crashing against a desire to give affection while never truly accepting any.

100 years from her birth and 71 years from her writing debut, the brilliance that is Highsmith remains unrivaled. Her unmatched ability to twist deception and evil into a likable, relatable character is certain to attract new generations of readers for decades to come.

The announcement from Diogenes in September of 2020 that they will publish several excerpts from her many journals has been met with anticipation and intrigue. The upcoming 2021 release will no doubt bring much discussion and deliberation over the dichotomy of the author that was seen and the woman that hid behind the pages of her innermost vile thoughts.

For those that can't wait, you can find excerpts from her diaries and insights from those that knew her in The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith, by Joan Schenkar (2009), or check out the newest journey into the mind of Highsmith with Devils, Lusts & Strange Desires: The Life of Patricia Highsmith by Richard Bradford, set to release January 21, 2021.


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