“I’ve placed my faith in stories because I believe them to be the basic unit of human consciousness.”    – Steve Almond

Welcome

This is the home of Sandy Bliss’s writing.

I write personal essays that express the wonder of being alive in and contributing to this moment in history. Sometimes I’ll explore interpersonal dynamics and psychology. Occasionally, I’ll delve into a contemporary issue, from a progressive political perspective. I’ll also offer my view on what I’m reading and watching. In addition, I’ll give you an inside view on writing my memoir, which focuses on living well in a degenerating body: how I find joy and beauty in the face of pain and increasing disability.

Here’s the succinct version: Everybody’s got something; I have degenerative disc disease and rheumatoid arthritis. I also have a roof over my head, a lot of love in my life, a heightened sense of the absurd and an ability to find the humor in almost every situation. When I can’t, I’m in trouble.

Right now, humanity is in trouble. With the COVID-19 pandemic, our world has changed almost overnight, bringing unfathomable trauma to our society as well as pain, grief and loss to many. Now more than ever, we must call upon our equanimity and compassion, and leaven them with humor.

My tagline, Equanimity Through Adversity™, reflects my belief that it’s through adversity that we learn what we can control and what we can’t, what matters most, and how to accept what we must and resist (or subvert) the rest. I know in my bones that without the difficulties of my life, I wouldn’t be as happy as I am now.

I hope my writing touches you, or makes you think about something in a new way, or gives you another perspective on your experiences, or makes you laugh (in a good way). Please use the “Contact Sandy” link to send me your thoughts and questions. Or if you prefer to respond to my writing directly, each of my articles has a generous “comment” space — let’s get the conversation going!

Thank you for visiting my site, and for taking the time to read my writing. Enjoy!

Latest Articles

Racism and Guns Make a Good Citizen?

The headline in the Washington Post made my blood run cold: “For racially biased conservative Whites, owning a gun is just part of being a good citizen[1].” Authors Alexandra Filindra and Beyza Buyuker based the article on multiple research papers they had authored,...

Unexpected Surgery; Unexpected Equanimity

I sit on the edge of my bed, spacing out as I look out the window at my neighbors' back yards. Weeds, an old shed, a dead refrigerator in Yard 1. A wooden climbing structure and children's basketball hoop in Yard 2. A trampoline and a pro-size basketball hoop in Yard...

Pushing Boundaries, Crossing Borders

Perhaps you heard of the controversy in January that turned the publishing industry upside down for a few weeks. It had everything that makes a good scandal in the United States these days: money, power, accusations of cultural appropriation and racism, and eventually...

What people are saying

Sandy’s humorous style layers delightful cultural references and punchy language with existential angst and personal insight, in other words the soul of wit.
– J. Kay Tolman

Sandy’s writing is real. When I read her work, I feel as if someone is sitting next to me and telling me a story. Sometimes I feel my lips curling up in an unexpected smile; other times I feel my heart pound with the recognition of a deep visceral truth. Most importantly, I feel. Sandy guides me to touch more deeply into my humanity.

– Sandra Razieli

I love reading Sandy Bliss’s essays. Her wicked sense of humor, depth and vulnerable honesty about her own experiences gives me a better perspective on my own issues and problems. I can’t wait to read her memoir.

– Chinabear Joseph