A writer, a baker, and an artist walk into a bar…

“Your blog is always a breath of honest, heartfelt, fresh air. It’s one of the few that comes to my personal inbox.”

– From reader Keith C.

In 2015, I started this here ‘Donkumentary’ when I ditched the big-city life for a more rural, secluded one. I thought I’d blog about how-tos in that kind of transition, but instead, I’ve found grounding and space to finally start exploring and discussing mental and chronic illness.

Through time with my donkeys, methodical baking, and finally finding confidence in my artistry, I’ve made it my mission to be vulnerable, and share my stories, experiences, and works to help #BreakTheStigma surrounding mental and chronic illness.


Did you know: I’ve also published two children’s books, “Tink the Bravest Donkey,” and “Will You Be My Val-Equine?” I love doing author visits at schools and libraries, however, since COVID-19, I’ve not been able to visit schools in person to read to the kiddos. BUT! I am available to read over zoom! If you’re interested in learning more, send me an email: adonkumentary (at) gmail dot com.


I’m sure we all have our anxiety or other hidden mental issues of guilt, fear, anger, whatever. You’ve put all of it in wonderful perspective. You are you and I am I. We are the same but different. Wonderfully written and beautifully thought out.

– From Reader Patricia A. on this post

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The Storm Reminded Me

Today, a tempest overtook the entirety of SE Texas and just like I’ve done before, I found myself dashing from the barn to under the carport without an umbrella or a towel so that for, oh, I don’t know, five or ten minutes, I sat on a fold out chair until I stopped dripping.It reminded…

Stone

It’s mid-afternoon on another day in which the Texas weather can’t make up its mind about what to do. This morning, the air was thick and hung heavy over the ground, flies and grasshoppers rattling in the fallen leaves. The sun peeked through a web of thick clouds and it was bath-water warm. But now,…

Two Weeks, Two Surgeries, and a New Year

2022 threw a big, ugly curve ball right as she was fixin to roll over to the new year. In mid-December, I had major surgery: a hysterectomy to treat endometriosis which has been a brewing, growing piece of my ongoing chronic illness that’s infiltrated my life for over 5 years now. I knew at some…

‘Twas the Night Before Donkmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the houseSome small creature was stirring; could it be a mouse?Should it be some vermin, my cat would sure pounceAnd with a small “mew,” her win, she’d announce. A long dog was sprawled out across the big couchWhile I couldn’t sleep, which made me a grouch.I wandered…

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“Thank you for helping me know I’m not alone. No one has ever had this situation to deal with, and you helped me realize we are all ‘in the same boat.'”

– From reader Suzanne S. on this post

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