Hello! It has been quite some time since I’ve blogged. You may have been wondering why. The main reason is that Lise’s Letters has moved. I’m now hosting a blog, also on WordPress, called “Selfish Bitch of a Daughter.” It can be found at Selfishbitchofadaughter.com.
You may ponder the title. “Do you have a selfish daughter who you think is a bitch?” you may be asking, thinking that this is an Internet tell-all about my entitled teenage daughter. No. That is not the case. I do not have any children despite always having wanted to have been a mother. Nor was I a selfish bitch of a daughter. I was actually a very good daughter.
The reason I say “was a good daughter” is because both of my parents are deceased. Both had serious mental health and addiction issues. My mom was incarcerated for 5 felony DUIs and died by suicide and my father, who was once a prominent attorney, was later disbarred. He died bankrupt at the age of 58 from pancreatic cancer. I always wanted to help them and when I couldn’t, I felt like a bad daughter. When I placed focus on myself, I felt selfish.
Specifically, the title of the blog comes from a one woman show I wrote, produced, and starred in that explored my relationship with my mother and how her struggles impacted my own. What I discovered when I performed the show was how many people actually related to the narrative. It turns out my story isn’t so unique. As people came up to hug me afterward to congratulate me, I ended up hugging and consoling a few of them. The show struck a nerve.
One in five Americans will have a mental illness in any given year and some of those individuals will wind up in jail instead of in psychiatric care for as I say in the show, “Orange is the new black and jails have replaced psychiatric hospitals.”
Because I want to continue exploring themes from the show through writing and dialogue, I decided to launch the new blog, as it has a more specific focus on mental health issues.
Come on over and check it out!
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