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10 things you didn’t know about me

1. I am an unrepentant cat lady. I have three. (And I wear a lot of black so I have lint rollers stashed everywhere, including my bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, car, and office.) I take a ridiculous number of photos of my cats, in part because my children stick their hands in front of the camera like I’m the paparazzi, and I’ve even been known to do ridiculous things like this photo below (ostensibly for the purpose of entertaining friends and family, but who are we kidding?)

sexy cat

2. I have visited three other continents, but I’ve never been west of the Rocky Mountains even though I would tell you I want to go to California more than anything. Hmm.

3. I’ve watched the original Star Wars movie more than one hundred times. As a child, I stole my sister’s long white nightgown to dress up as Princess Leia and I made my little brother be the commander of the Death Star. Every day for an entire summer.  Also I faked sick at least once a month throughout much of high school to stay home from school and watch Star Wars. One time, I fell asleep and rolled onto the remote and recorded a basketball game over a few minutes of the movie. Which was okay because by then I had the whole thing memorized.

4. I am prone to obsessions (see #3. And #1. And #7.) Except while it’s happening, I never recognize it as an obsession and I think it’s only the very best thing EVER! 

5. I recently discovered I am related to these people. And now I know exactly who to blame for my bad hair days.  Also, this may explain why I wore overalls nearly every day through my 20s. (But I promise I never, ever, ever pick my teeth like that.)


6. I became a mother at the age of 21 and it saved my life. Or made my life.  Or made me who I am.

7. I collaged the entire inside of my 1985 Mustang with bits of journal entries and T.S. Eliot poems and Gillian Welch song lyrics during my divorce.  It was something to behold and I still miss it.

8. I frequently amuse myself by taking silly selfies. What can I say? I am easily entertained.

9. Being a therapist is my calling. Sitting in a room with one other person, being totally present with them, feels like sacred work to me.  So sacred that this might be the only time I ever write anything about my work.

10. I was really scared to start a blog. But I’m glad I


  • Caroline

    This is wonderful. I am amused by how much we have in common. For instance- #1. I am about to move from 2 cats to 3. (We also have a dog. Yep- we are those people.) I relate on #3, but Star Wars wasn’t my movie choice, It was Room With a View. I have seen it easily 200 times. I didn’t call it an exception either. I love #7. So beautiful. Great way to make your space your own. And I was once a therapist… I loved studying therapy, but find I have preferred to use those skills outside of the role of therapist. Although many of my co-workers have told me that my office looks just like a therapist office, complete with white noise machine and comfy chair with tissues on the table next to it. Old habits die hard…

    I look forward to reading more! I love the humor and the heart in your writing. I feel very at home here.

    May 29, 2015 at 2:50 pm Reply
    • Angela

      Caroline, I love A Room with a View! I’ve seen it a handful of times and now I want to watch it again. I’ve never thought of the collaging of my car as a way to reclaim some space for myself. Of course! Thank you so much for your comment and I look forward to reading more from the Book Dr as well.

      May 29, 2015 at 5:37 pm Reply
  • dal

    Aaaaaw Caroline, love this post. Those ancestral hairdo’s, wow! And the inside of your car, would love to have seen that and gone for a drive in it, never a dull moment. Working one on one with folks is certainly sacred work and a profound priveledge. Lovely to get to know you better xox

    May 31, 2015 at 6:46 pm Reply
    • Angela

      Thanks for your comment, Dal. I do wish I’d taken more photos of the inside of the car before I let it go.

      June 1, 2015 at 11:15 am Reply
  • Reality Sandwiches

    Love this! Thanks for bein real😉👏👏👏🔺

    June 2, 2015 at 4:34 pm Reply

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