Mental illness lies to us about isolation

Hi, my name is Carla, I’m 46, I’m a podcaster, I have 2 dogs…and I have chronic primary and secondary depression and anxiety. What I mean by this is that I have them as stand-alone diagnoses, then have them compounded as both symptoms of, and then also natural consequences of, my chronic illnesses of EDS, […]

Book Lists: Chronic Illness

Listopia on Goodreads: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Firsthand Accounts of Living with Chronic, Invisible Illness(es) my chronic illness Goodreads bookshelf Bumped to the top of my to-be-read list from these two Listopia/Goodreads lists: The Lonely Patient: How We Experience Illness * Michael Stein The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness * Karen Armstrong In the Kingdom […]

Episode 26: Pilgrim at Little Piney Creek

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard: Kindle, Audible (narrated by Tavia Gilbert), paperback formats Some books entertain you, some books distract you, and some books, if you are very, very lucky and find them, captivate you, and take your breath away from the very first page. You recognize them–and it almost feels as if […]

About Me, Myself, and Cupcakes

Hi, I’m Carla. I’m a 46-year-old disabled writer. I live on a mountain in the Appalachian range, in the section known as the Blue Ridge in the state of Virginia, right on the edge of the George Washington National Forest. The latter makes the Missing 411 phenomenon extra spooky. I created and write the website […]

Episode 12: Driving, Dancing, and Pizza Hut

Book suggested for Audible: Yes Please by Amy Poehler link for free copy of Yes Please and a 30-day trial of Audible, the wonderful audiobook subscription service and store with the best customer service of any bookstore link to purchase Yes Please in audio format, narrated by the author, from Audible’s partner, Amazon Books quoted […]

There Might Be Cupcakes: Reason No. 3

Reason number three that I have called this podcast-to-be There Might Be Cupcakes: They allow mingling, because they are more finger food than plate food, like cake. Think back to your last shower or reception. Cake is served, and everyone sits down or perches somewhere and fills their…well…cakehole. A cupcake fits in your palm, your […]

There Might Be Cupcakes: Reason No. 2

If you over-decadent (totally making that into a verb) a cake, you either get really strange looks, or you thrust the cake’s cost into the stratosphere. Or both. And no one wants a piece of super-expensive side-eye cake–that’s too unnerving to be fun. But cupcakes are expected to be over the top, and can be […]

There Might Be Cupcakes: Reason No. 1

Why “cupcakes?” Why cupcakes? Why show up if there might be cupcakes? Why are you calling your podcast “There Might Be Cupcakes”, flaky chick? So many reasons, starting with all the reasons in my friend @greggaestyle and his splendid comedy routine about the joy of cake. But so many more riffing off of that! Here’s […]