DON’T GET MAD AT ME PLEASE

photo of Flora/me by Marina Shipova

Flora — (Flora walks out onstage in a dramatic spotlight) Last night I had a dream about my dad. In fact, last night 1000 miles away, my sister also did. She hasn’t dreamt about him since he died back in December. My sister and I were both born on February…

IT’S OKAY TO BE STUPID SOMETIMES — NO, I TAKE THAT BACK. ALLLLLL OF THE TIME

selfie of me being dum (and yes: I’m too dumb to spell ‘dumb’ right)

Or, how being an idiot is a good purgative for your anal retentive butthole-soul (I was going to write ‘buttholesoul’ but I thought that would be too annoying— as if this subtitle wasn’t enough of a pain in the ass)

Everyone has their own threshold for how much stupidity they can take. I myself (as opposed to “I…somebody else?”) can take a lot. There are a LOT of dum dums surround me. Including myself. Yup, I do plenty of dumb stuff.

Just yesterday the security guy at the airport looked…

DREAM WRITING INTO ACTUALITY

my life has turned upside down. good and bad. better or worse. i’m not sure but like a dream, i’m going to find meaning.

[this isn’t chronological, just in case you were wondering. it’s a dream, remember?]

yesterday i was scootering around in a park with my son. i’m not…

POETRY TO FLUSH OUT MENTAL TOXINS

selfie

so instead i’ll do the one thing

that gives me peace of mind instead —

writing is the only way

i know to cure my ills

writing down even the tiniest detail

that made my day worth more than nil

i’d almost given up writing

but this poem might help…

What is the point of a kicker?

sometimes our dog daisy looks at me funny. she looks like a scared mouse. i don’t know why. it’s not like i beat her or something. now you probably think i beat her. no, sorry but i don’t. she is just this kind of dog that always looks like she’s…

WHEN YOU’RE LOST, DO WHAT YOU LOVE

photo by me of the row of trees i remember from my childhood in white rock, BC, canada

we all have things that we’re obsessed with. Substitute the word ‘addicted’ for ‘obsessed’ and I’m guessing you know what I mean. You can have an insatiable need for your phone, facebook (back when it was popular), texting your friend, winning an argument, exercise, coffee, sex, alcohol, meth (hopefully not…

I CAN’T REMEMBER THE POINT OF A KICKER ANYMORE

selfie

Hey, if dating apps work for you then don’t read the following whiny account. Also, I like to vent my frustrations on social media. In fact, I wrote a book about it.

It doesn’t mean I am depressed or in need of consolation or mental health support groups. I’m a…

ONE OF THESE DAYS I’M GONNA SNIFF THE RIGHT BUTT

Drawing by me

I went to a dog park yesterday and realized, yet again, something about people. We are all so much like our dogs. It’s funny-sad-pathetic-funny-interesting.

I’m not a regular at this dog park. I’m slowly getting to know the regulars but I’m not part of the inner sanctum — the people…

Lara Starcevich, Ph.D.

Writer/teacher/podcaster. ‘Average Joe Talk Show’ https://anchor.fm/lara-starcevich

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