• art,  painting

    Maybe You Need a Painting!

    Just like everyone else, we’re trying to get by over here at the ol’ homestead. If you have any wiggle room in your budget for high-quality paintings by an awesome person (that would be me) then NOW is the time, my friends, to buy my work. Use the links below to view the paintings, email me at my email and tell me which one you’d like and what your budget is, and I promise to work with you to make the sale happen. I prefer payment via Paypal. Really super-dooper GREAT deals if you buy today, Saturday or Sunday. (I’m working on adding the dimensions on all the paintings this…

  • book,  feedback, please!,  mental health

    Fan Mail

    I rarely reply to or post email here from people that send me hate mail or very strongly worded You Suck mail or You are a Liar mail. I don’t post it because I don’t like to dwell on the negative and I feel like giving them any time on this blog gives it more life of its own and the negativity grows and there are so many other things to write about. However, I’m making an exception for this one. I feel like it is born out of misunderstanding of what I’ve written or perhaps I didn’t do as good a job of explaining my process or how I…

  • blessings,  in the car,  kids,  photos

    Apron Strings

    “I’ll be back at Thanksgiving and I know it’s Dad’s holiday but I’ll come see you, too!” She spritzes herself with girl smells, maybe something fruity?, and checks her lip gloss in the visor mirror, then snaps it shut, shoves it back in place and turns her 100 watt smile at me. “Don’t worry!” she says, and grabs her iPod. Traffic is light and the weather has been perfect for a quick road trip to Grandma’s. The premise is that my mom has a Bosch and a Kitchen Aid sitting in the basement and I get to borrow them for an indefinite amount of time. The reality is that I’m…

  • crafty,  mental health,  photos

    Where in the World is Leah Peadiego?

    I’ve been busy. Doing……stuff. Like making lists of things I want to do. I’ve been just a little manic for the past weeks and I’m just doing and doing and doing. I took some photos to show you, but the light is really bad today, so pretend you like them that way, k? And so, in list form – STUFF I DID LIVING ROOM Recovered throw pillows for couch and hung photos over the couch Sewed an ottoman cover Made paper birds for a grape vine flower drier Procured and organized matching baskets holding electronic equipment under TV, hung rug from my father that he hung for 35 years in…

  • book

    Find Me in the Wild

    The True Mom Confessions book came out a few weeks ago and this Wednesday I’ll be reading my confession in front of a room full of people around 7:30 pm at Village Books along with some other lovely ladies. If you’ve ever wondered what I look like in my natural environment, please come down and take a gander. (It should be fun!)

  • blessings,  hard!!,  mental health

    Now Shhhh

    “Now shhhhhhhh,” she says, “you’ve said it all once and now you’re repeating yourself. It’s time to listen to someone with some age on her bones.” I tried to stop the pointless murmuring coming from my lips and tune into her voice. The phone was slippery against my wet cheek and I pushed it closer to block out the sound of my brain. “Now, you listen to me. Life is hard. It’s hard for everyone and if it wasn’t this it would be something else. The trick is to be thankful for your own set of troubles because believe you me, you don’t want someone else’. Yes, you’ve got it…

  • ask leahpeah,  United States of Tara

    Ask Leahpeah, United States of Tara Edition

    Did you meet Steven Spielberg? Sadly, no. That is definitely something I would have mentioned on my blog and elsewhere had it happened. What was it like to work with Toni Collette? I’m sure it’s great. I didn’t actually meet her, either. I really always went through Diablo Cody. Were your transitions between alters as dramatic as those depicted in the show? Are they always a complete personality change, or can it be more subtle, like a mood swing? I’m not sure what you mean by dramatic. I haven’t noticed any head twisting or body convulsions during the switch, which is how I think most people assume it is like.…

  • in the car,  mental health,  that joe,  true love


    My leg is touching the door and I can feel the vibrations of the music through my knee cap. I’m not thinking. I’m just feeling the bass line and mouthing the words. My mouth opens and closes with the words but no sound comes out. I don’t think I know this song. If I was the passenger in the car to the left, I would think I was singing. But if I was the passenger in the car to the left, I wouldn’t be me. I would be him. I think about this for awhile, forgetting to mouth along to the song, my jaw slightly slack. What if I was…

  • friends,  mental health,  realmental


    I’ve made some changes at RealMental.org that I’m quite pleased with. The community continues to grow and get stronger. The things that people share are so helpful to others. I get emails reflecting their appreciation all the time. I’m so proud to be a part of it. Jess and I started it almost 2 years ago, and while I can’t speak for her, I know that for me it’s always felt like a safe place where I can work out mental issues. Everything is moderated, so there is no anxiety that some troll is going to get on and trash the place. We have a few new forms to make…