How Great Thou Part

Born and raised in Northern Virginia outside of Washington, D.C., I often call myself a southern New Yorker, much to the dismay of my true New Yorker buddies. Born to my native Brooklyn parents, I have a love of all things city and all things country. I found myself in the town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, which prior to The Office, nary a soul could envision less you found yourself on the hills of Interstate 81. I was held up there while I pursued my B.S. in Business. I have two passions: Business marketing and writing. The two are not so terribly different. Why? Cultivating a brand is in essence the story and the connecting of the dots of a corporate entity. I write features for various magazines and newspapers and I am a national divorce columnist (what can I say things didn’t turn out quite the way I thought they would). I am also a former business columnist. For more than fifteen years, I spent my summers on the Jersey Shore in what I call my ‘out of state’ clothes once again magnetized to the northerners I find so familiar.
If I were to brand my writing, I would say I write of LOVE. That is the core from which I begin most stories. I find myself drawn to dig for the moments in the story that are the passion that drive the message. It may be the love of what originally started a business or an authentically motivated personal profile, or simply the love of a subject being investigated which compels me to write. My forever favorite form of writing is the human interest essay or what I call, “An Interview With Life.” The average day that is explored and somehow once again instills in us a joie de vivre…..a joy of life. These human moments are the Hope Virus that spreads amongst us and can’t help but propel us into better human beings with a larger sense of the world.

I once listened to a sermon about life being easy. The priest compared it to sitting in an armchair contentedly watching life and getting by. The years I lived a comfortable life I won’t lie – like many, I thought …Read More

I love sending thank you cards. In fact, I just love sending cards. I do not need a reason. Throughout the years I have always believed in the value of the written word. I am, after all, a writer.  Recently, I …Read More

In church last week the priest spoke of suffering. He cautioned us – Do not become armchair Catholics – suffering is intuitive to this thing we call living. There is no question my faith has gotten me through this difficult divorce and …Read More

Pain is one of the staples in the life’s emotional kitchen. We all deal with it differently. We know this. But do we recognize how we deal with it ourselves? It should be dealt with. It should not be passed along …Read More

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I have always been somewhat self-deprecating but not what I would call extreme.  Recently, as someone complimented me I caught myself once again, taking back their compliment. Instead of humbly replying with a ‘thank you’ I apologized about my weight …Read More

Divorcing a narcissist is divorcing an intimidating bully. Just as the child is fearful of ratting out the bully to the teacher so fears the spouse of a narcissist. That is until they are unable to protect their children any longer. Or …Read More

A few year’s ago my son lost his friend and he said to me, “Mom, what is Great Falls going to do without Brendan Kelly?”  Tonight, I felt anxious after being away for a week and already a bit off …Read More

I have always been proud to be raised in a family of cops, firemen, and a priest. I remember one day my friend “Lucy” saying to me, “Colleen, most people help their family and friends, you help the world.” And …Read More

Women like their wine, divorcing women LOVE their wine. Or what I jokingly refer to as the Wescape. A pretty little place you get to run away to for a few hours to forget your worries. One day in the …Read More