Mammoth Mountain

Tonight I am grateful for my son whom I love dearly. To celebrate his fourteenth birthday tomorrow, we are mountain biking on ruggedly beautiful Mammoth Mountain an ancient volcano lying beside the granite Eastern Sierras of California. The Sierra Nevada mountain range Ansel Adams photographed and John Muir wrote of and advocated to preserve. As I write, I sit beside my husband for whom I am very much thankful. I’d find it far more difficult to navigate life without him. Plus, he fathered our son.

Mammoth Mountain

Now that I’m blogging, I’ve befriended many mental health advocates who offer each other and me support. For that support and community, I am grateful. Many of the bloggers I’ve met online, both with and without mental health causes, are incredibly talented writers.

Sun setting over trees

Tonight I focus on two particularly talented writer(s). They are:


Finally, like my beloved son, husband and Lizzi, I love math(s). Lizzi is a Brit, thus the “s: for mathematics.


  1. You will greatly enjoy the Helena and Jessica. They are brilliant.

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 14! I cant even remember 14…hahaha… have a blast you both worked hard that day!!! I didnt know the other two writers (other than lizzi) all that well so now I am off to check them out! Thanks for the links!

  3. He enjoyed our mountain biking trip to Mammoth.

  4. Lovely post, Kitt! You have excellent taste in writers, too! I hope your son has a wonderful 14th birthday!

  5. Hi, singing Happy Birthday to your son. Lovely pictures of the California mountains. I enjoyed meeting you and thanks for introducing me to the new writers too. I am checking out their sites now.

  6. Happy fourteenth to your boy!! And what a way to celebrate. I love trekking too!

  7. Ohhh my Darkling, wouldn’t that be quite the turn-up for the books?! Almost as incredible as the tru…nevermind!

    Is Helena treating you nicely yet? Want me to bring you anything? (I know, I know…any excuse to find my way to your cellar…)

  8. Thank you, Glenn. Yes, they are wonderful things.

  9. Some wonderful things to be grateful for indeed Kitt. cheers.

  10. Actually, they are writers primarily.

  11. Happy Birthday to your son! You must be celebrating now. Thanks for posting the links to the three mental health bloggers! The more the merrier!

  12. Perhaps I am mistaken. If so, forgive me. You are all so very lovely, and all three of you use the English language artfully. I do have to admit that I feel a bit more of a personal connection with Lizzi, and more of a literary connection with you and Helena.

  13. So, you will trigger both hypomania and depression? or will it be a mixed episode? Just kidding, I’m stable on my meds and find reading your stories a great pleasure.

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    Jessica B. Bell

    “You know, voices inside my head, I think she thinks we’re Lizzi.”
    Well that’s terribly awkward.
    Thank you for the mention, sweet lady of Eire.

  15. Ahhhhhhh… Thank you, darling! I came out of semi-retirement today to write not one but two stories. One to make you laugh and one to make you cry.

  16. You do me great honour to put me in a list with Helena and Jessica 🙂 Thank you. I’m glad you’ve found your community of people who support and look out for each other in this here Blogosphere 🙂 That’s always a good thing.

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    Francisco J. Veismann


  18. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts.

  19. Dear Kitt,

    Gratitude is a wonderful virtue. It soothes both the person getting, the person giving it, and even society as whole benefits by having more jolly citizens than otherwise. Happy Birthday to your son. Sure you aren’t alone with your struggles, there is strength in what remains.

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