I have decided to have a weekly (I hope) One Tough Broad post. And sometimes the broads will be guys but you’ll know what I mean.
Being Freshly Pressed is terrific. It is so good of WordPress to acknowledge bloggers and through Freshly Pressing, send the FPd blogger more traffic. It is a lot of traffic and a lot of commenting and thanking people but well worth it. I got 100 new followers with my Fresh Pressing. It takes a long time to reply to all the comments and visit new blogs.
I received a comment from a blog called: Isawbobdylaninaspeedo. OK, well that gets clicked on IMMEDIATELY! What the hell can that be about?!
And there I discovered my latest OTB!
Judy from isawbobdylaninaspeedo is one tough broad. Not because she saw Mr. Dylan wearing only a shred of nylon, but because she is a mom fighting for her daughter’s recovery and to establish a life of her own at the ripe old age of 46.
Judy and I have commiserated about how tough parenting is, how tough caring for and watching teenage girls get through those years is. It was so much easier when they were little and the fights were over what color socks to wear and yes, you have to try some tomatoes. Now they are grown and beautiful and soaring and suffering.
Ms. Speedo has led a colorful life aside from seeing Bob in the Speedo, she spent a year or so on tour with Dire Straits….there’s a book right there. And according to today’s blog, she was also on a tour with the Pretenders. Just two of my most fave groups ever. She was the wild child and now is the grown-up helping her daughter battle an eating disorder, go through intensive therapy and hopefully emerge on the other side at 18, ready to take on life again. Judy’s daughter is being treated at Children’s Hospital Colorado Eating Disorder Program (shout out to people doing good work). To do this Judy, left her comfort zone with not much more than the shirt on her back and is relying on the kindness of friends and strangers in Denver to get her through till she is self-supporting.
One Tough Broad this one is and funnier than hell. Please visit her blog! She has been writing for less than a month but each post is one to read and re-read, first laugh, then cry, nod because you know what she’s going through or know that but for the grace of God, you would be her. Her blog is original and funny and sad but always real; and we, her readers, are the beneficiaries. She is putting it out there for everyone to read, she’s not hiding a thing. Go see her, say Hi, offer her your support. She can use it and you will be glad you read this fresh WordPress voice! She is stripped down to the essentials, in her life and in her writing, and she is really good.
I am so happy to have been on this site for almost the past year. It is important to encourage other writers, point them out to your community. I remember getting support when I first started here, I’m looking at you Harper Faulkner and my beloved Simon.
That’s it. Nope, that’s all. Go read Isawbobdylaninaspeedo!!!