Monique Colver

Monique Colver
Vancouver, Washington, USA
December 20
Colver Press
Author of "An Uncommon Friendship: a memoir of love, mental illness, and friendship," now available on Amazon and at Now working on an essay collection, "Early Lies," due out in spring 2014.


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APRIL 26, 2011 3:39PM

The Plight of the Invisible

I am told, from certain reliable sources that shall go unnamed, that I am now one of the invisible. This means that I have reached an age at which I can wander freely through society and no one will see me since I am not young and attractive, just middle-aged and… Read full post »

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JANUARY 10, 2011 9:33PM

Mental Illness and all that

This is not what I’d wanted to write on the occasion of Stew’s birthday, but circumstances seem to have a mind of their own. Today, January 10th, Stew Young would have been 40 years old, if he hadn’t died of cancer 3 years ago. It’s hard to imagine Stew at 40.… Read full post »

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JULY 13, 2010 8:39PM

Suicide Ramblings

In Salon today:  A predictable suicide at Camp Lejeune:

Years ago I was writing a regular (or irregular) column for a military publication. My column on suicide prevention and the desperate need for it generated much response, most especially from airmen and… Read full post »

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JUNE 30, 2010 4:55AM

Hell's Kitchen Recap for June 29!

We begin this week’s Hell’s Kitchen marathon with the usual manufactured drama, and I get the feeling that 2 whole hours of Hell’s Kitchen is like being in hell. Not that I would know, but I’m starting to wonder.

We’re going to be brief this week because I’m

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JUNE 23, 2010 3:15AM

Hell’s Kitchen, Week . . . what week is this?


5 and 6, that’s what it is. Excuse me for my confusion, but apparently there’s some really good programming scheduled for this time slot in a few weeks, because again we have two episodes in one night. Clear the decks! Get this show over with! That seems to be the… Read full post »

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JUNE 16, 2010 4:15AM

Hell’s Kitchen – Recap of Episodes 3 and 4


Two hours of Hell’s Kitchen in one night? Can I possibly stand all the excitement?

People have said to me that they can’t stand all the yelling, that it upsets them. I say, “I’m just happy no one’s yelling at me.” Yelling is a part of the human… Read full post »

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JUNE 9, 2010 2:34AM

Hell's Kitchen! Recap of Episode 2!


It started off just swell, with Andrew the Farmer reminding us he raises and butchers his own animals. He also likes to eat them raw, as he showed us last week when he served Chef Ramsay steak tartare. Ramsay thought it was disgusting however, so we’re not sure if… Read full post »

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JUNE 2, 2010 2:43AM

Hell's Kitchen Returns! Recap of Episode 1

Hell’s Kitchen returns, promising: “This is the one you’ve been waiting for.”

Wasn’t that what they said last year? I know they need to keep outdoing themselves in order to keep our interest, because the public is fickle and easily displeased, and we want more drama, mo… Read full post »


What the hell is wrong with you people? It’s 11 at night, and you’re taking your little kids through the McDonald’s drive through, and shouldn’t they be at home asleep? And NOT eating fast food? And why are your kids getting out of your minivan and running around while… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 10:40PM

Cancer Makes Me Mad

You might ask what’s been getting into me lately. I’m peeved, that’s what. I’m peeved because my mom has cancer and it’s spread to her spine from her liver, which, as it was, couldn’t be cured, could only be slowed down with chemo,but she’d been doing well on… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2009 1:20PM

Don’t Call Me A Cougar

Or, for that matter, any kind of wild animal.

Thank you.

I appreciate your cooperation.

I really do.

And for your information, not that you asked, I don’t stalk younger men in order to sink my talon-like claws into them and drag them back to my den.… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2009 3:07PM

News Flash! The Recession is Over!


I get all my news from only the most trusted sources, so it must be true. After all, the Federal Reserve Chairman said it himself, and who would know better than he? I, for one, am greatly relieved to hear this. Whew, that was a close one, wasn’t it?


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AUGUST 24, 2009 11:50AM

Do You Know Where Your Fire Extinguisher Is?


Do you keep in regular contact with it? Give it a call now and then, just to make sure it’s still around and hasn’t departed in a huff because it feels unloved and unwanted?

Not me. I know where mine is, now that it needs to be replaced. I… Read full post »

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JULY 13, 2009 11:20PM

Visits with Mr M

Last week I went to see Mr. M a total of three times. Wednesday I asked if he wanted to go outside, it being a cooler day. I’d given him his M&M’s, not just one bag, but four, in case one wasn’t enough. I’d started with five, but ate one before… Read full post »

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MAY 5, 2009 4:49PM

Losing My Lunch At The Dentist’s Office

Good times. Today is the day charming husband and I should celebrate our 2nd anniversary. Two years, and they said it wouldn’t last. Don’t ask me who they are, for I can’t imagine who would say such a thing. After all, we’re perfect together. Today is also Cinco de Mayo. An/… Read full post »

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APRIL 2, 2009 11:35PM

I Lived With a Child Sexual Predator


1965. Maybe. Thereabouts. Add or subtract a year or two maybe. Don’t add more than two though. There’s my life before my stepmom, and my life after she showed up, and she wasn’t around yet. My parents were divorced, and after my mother tried, unsuccessfully, to take care of m… Read full post »

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MARCH 27, 2009 2:31AM

A Good Quitting Story

Back when I was still doing the job thing, many years ago (yet not so many that I can’t remember it, unfortunately), I found myself in an unbearable situation.  By unbearable, I mean my supervisor was a jackass. For all I know, he still is a jackass. We haven’t exactly kept/… Read full post »

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MARCH 16, 2009 2:23PM

Vacationing With The In-Laws


Let me state, first of all, that I do love my in-laws. Over the past few years I’ve learned not to believe anything they say, but I do love them. It’s not that they lie, or deal loosely with the facts, or behave maliciously. They do, however, live in a… Read full post »

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MARCH 11, 2009 12:37PM

No One Liked Me


Ever have one of those dreams that reaches deep down into your psyche and grabs up something better left at the bottom of a swamp, where no one can ever find it again? Ever wake up afraid that the dream was a manifestation of what you should already know, but… Read full post »

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MARCH 10, 2009 2:51AM

My Brush With Death


I always knew I’d die young. (Later I married a Young, so that would have been a good time to go, it would have fit in with my philosophy, but alas, I’m no longer a Young and I’m still alive.) I knew it just as I knew the sun would… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 12, 2009 1:19PM

A Hospice Story


This morning I find myself wondering if Cecil has made it through the night. Last night, when I sat with him, he was in the process of dying, and it was progressing as active dying does.

I met Cecil last night, when I was asked to provide a couple… Read full post »

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JANUARY 29, 2009 2:40PM

My Brother As A Child


Yesterday my sister-in-law asked what her husband, my brother, Jeff, was like as a baby. Now that she and my brother have their own baby, Aidan, she’s wondering if Aidan is like Jeff, I think. I think that’s why she asked, though our conversation, which was strictly instant messeng… Read full post »

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JANUARY 3, 2009 10:23PM

Cancer Lessons

I wrote the following in October of 2007, a month or so after Stew had been given his diagnosis of "it's cancer, sorry, we can treat it, but it's going to kill you sooner or later anyway."  

 So I'm sitting at my desk this afternoon, which I do most afternoons, when… Read full post »

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JANUARY 2, 2009 7:11PM

Taking Care of Stew


If I tell you a story of my ex-husband and his mental illness will you think of him only as a person with mental illness, or as a mental illness attached to a person? If I tell you a story of him and his cancer, will you think of him… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 18, 2008 4:28PM

Weird Al, from his junior high yearbook

Because you asked for it, here he is, straight from the Hosler Junior High Yearbook 71-72.


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