Welcome to My Bumpy Ride.......

Before you all read on, I guess it is best to introduce myself to you and let you know a bit about myself. I am Susan, and first and foremost, I am a mother to a wonderful young man. Though he is grown, he will always be that three year old little boy, that asked all those questions and expected answers to them all. Though I will tell you much about myself in this blog there is no one or nothing that is as important to me as him, even if I don't discuss him much, because he kina likes to remain private.

For years I was actively trying to find myself, but that was a big waste of time, since by doing so I was not living. All my life I have always known that I was "different", but was unable to know why that was. I first thought that perhaps it was because I was adopted, but that was not the case. Turns out, I am bipolar and pretty much have been all my life. This was explained to me about nine years ago when I had a major melt down. I tend to be more on the depressive side, but have on occasion been quite manic. My last episode was early thru mid 2008, with full blown depression. For five months, I bearly left my house, let alone my bed. Why am I telling you this? I just want it out in the open and let you understand that I discuss my illness from time to time.

Present day, I am currently a full time student, studying social work. At the end of 2011 I was approached by a mentor of mine, who mentioned a new program that was going to launch here in Rhode Island. This new program called the Peer Wellness Coaching, was something that I had always wished would become a reality and to add even more excitement was the fact that this mentor was inviting me to train for a position as one of the Peer Wellness Coaches.

So currently (spring 2012) I am part of the three phases of training and should be employed by the fall of 2012. What is even more excellent about this program is that they are aware of my education goals and are willing to work with me on maintaining those goals.

Also you might hear me mention NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), because I am actively involved with them. I am a facilitator and state trainer for the NAMI Connection groups (peer run support group) here in Rhode Island, and I also help teach high school and college students about mental illness through NAMI RI's Inside Mental Illness program.

So with all that being said...I hope you read on to my daily activities and thoughts and such.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Jenny Matlock’s Saturday Centus - Dog Days of Summer

Jenny Matlock’s Saturday Centus - The prompt this week is a picture prompt.  And this is going to be a rhyming week.


Number of words: 100 words.
Style of writing: Poetry
Pictures: No additional

Ok here goes my attempt…

A home this dog could not find
But most days he didn’t seem to mind
Today though, he felt so full of grime
With the sun so bright
Even with all his might
There was no food in sight
Up and down the streets he roamed
He felt his mouth as it foamed
His mind raced with thoughts of being homed
Just ahead his eyes hit the ground
There was a mound
Made just for a hound
This huge wet mountain of ice
Seemed really nice
Without hesitation he fell
He wanted to yell
“Oh Hell, this is just swell!”

I don't usually write poems, well because I am not much of a poet, but this was my try for today.  Have a great weekend!


  1. Susan, a pretty good "try" if you ask me! Now that all the boxes are packed and there's nothing else to do except wait for the van, I plan to float around in my pool!!

  2. I feel sorry for your little pooch, glad he found a little bit of happiness:@)

  3. Well I'd say you are an excellent poet. This was just perfect and I totally enjoy happy endings!

  4. I had the hardest time with this one. I think you did just dandy!!!

  5. Susan, welcome to SC and thanks for visiting me and commenting ! Your education goals are indeed to be applauded and your NAMI service also...Mucho Kudos !!!

    Yoda once said, "Do or do not, there is no TRY !"
    You did "DO" your poem beautifully, focusing on the plight homeless animals that just want a nice home and love !

  6. I loved it!

    Oh Hell this is swell!

    I think I'd feel that way if I found a big pile of ice to jump in.

    August monsoon in Phoenix.

    Not pretty!