I’m writing this as Notre Dame burns. I’m overwhelmed by sadness and stunned by disbelief. I still have gratitude. Everyone has their own stories about Notre Dame. This is mine. The first […]
Suzannah Gail Collins
I am the author of a poetry chapbook, I Will Meet You at the River, (as Suzannah Gilman) the mother of four adults, frequent traveler, and a licensed attorney who represented victims of domestic violence under a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. My poetry, essays, fiction, and nonfiction have in such in such publications as The Florida Review, Pearl Magazine, Calyx Journal, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Pearl Magazine, Prick of the Spindle, Slow Trains, The Cafe Review, and The Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, and I have recently begun competing in flash fiction slams, winning every one I’ve competed in. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize for my poetry, I now concentrate on blogging for The Gloria Sirens and writing fiction.
Today, December 24, I have 24 monarch butterfly chrysalises, one of which is about to eclose and become a #ChristmasEveButterfly any minute now. Today, I released three butterflies. Within five days, there should be a dozen more new butterflies– and then nine more butterflies after that. And that’s only what I have indoors.
It’s officially winter. At some point, this has to stop, right?
I’m not going to make any New Year’s Resolutions this year. Do you want to know why? Because more than a month ago, I said I was going to stop raising monarch […]
I’m not a morning person, but I get up early and go outside to my Florida back yard where the air is humid and heavy even before the sun comes up. I’m […]
“Dear Ms. Gilman,
Thank you for submitting your complaint [to the Florida Dept. of Health Bureau of Enforcement].
We have determined from our review that although the behavior you described is unacceptable, it is not a violation of the laws or rules that regulate the healthcare practitioner’s profession. Therefore, we can take no further action.
Florida law requires that all information in this complaint remain confidential…”
All we who have spoken out or are still speaking out in the #MeToo movement can appreciate and understand this poem by Tanya Grae, who writes “When a woman confides the violence […]
If we don’t take action to solve this problem, we’re continuing to foster a culture that objectifies, sexualizes, demeans, and diminishes women, a culture that accepts their victimhood along with the sins of the men who victimize.
Are we doing enough for Puerto Rico, or have we done enough for Puerto Rico already?
Women have been sharing childbirth stories with one other probably since the beginning of time. We tell our stories to console one another and to console ourselves. We tell our stories to […]
I thought it would be funny to post a photo of 3-D glasses on Instagram with the question “Will these work” to view the eclipse. So I posted it. My significant other […]