Author Archives: Colleen Haggerty

Rough Waters

For the past five months, I feel like I have been on a wild white water rafting trip.  If you’ve never been on one, this is what happens:  you’re floating along a river in a rubber boat, soaking in the … Continue reading

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Dancing at the Shame Prom

I am proud to announce that I have an essay published in a third anthology, Dancing at the Shame Prom, Sharing Stories That Kept Us Small, edited by Amy Ferris and Hollye Dexter which hit the bookstore shelves yesterday. One … Continue reading

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Itchin’ to be Found

Seven weeks ago I had what I refer to as a “plum sauce” itch.  I call it a “plum sauce” itch because of a story my brother tells about when he was in a Chinese restaurant many years ago.  His … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Choice

Why is it when I’m faced with adversity I tense up and get scared? I’m curious why my default mode is to step into fear and not love.   I am 52 years old and I’ve had my share of … Continue reading

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Self-Definition

I do no define myself by the wrinkles making a road-map of my face,                                                                                                                                                       I am side-splitting laughter; I am anguish and pain; I am joy unfettered. I do not define myself by my jiggly butt or round tummy,                                          … Continue reading

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Staring Back

Today is the day. The sun is shining and spreading warmth – the kind of warmth that makes me want to shed my pants and don my shorts.  But before I do that I need to take a deep breath … Continue reading

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The Impact

Here is an excerpt from the first chapter of my book. “I love this song,” my sister Mary Beth says wistfully, as she navigates the snowy drive through the Chuckanut mountains to Bellingham, Washington. It’s 1978, and the hit love … Continue reading

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