Susan O'Doherty

Susan O'Doherty, Ph.D. (http://www.susanodohertyauthor.com/) is a writer and clinical psychologist who specializes in the creative process. Her stories and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Mama, Ph.D. She is the author of Getting Unstuck without Coming Unglued: A Woman's Guide to Unblocking Creativity (Seal, 2007). Her popular advice column for writers, "The Doctor is In," appears each Friday on Buzz, Balls & Hype.

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April 24, 2011
In singing, we differentiate between the "head voice" and the "chest voice." The chest voice is, for most of us, the range that feels natural; the voice we use to speak with. The head voice is the higher part of our range, often less resonant but possibly offering a purer, clearer sound. [Note: I am talking about women's voices. It is a little different for men.] There are usually a few notes between the solid head and chest voices that could go either way. For some of us, these notes end up in a nether region sounding awkward or, in my case, like Fay Wray being squeezed by King Kong.
April 17, 2011
Bruce Thyer wrote in response to last week's post, "Men are rape victims also!...We should not ignore the problem of men being raped...Anytime a discussion of rape occurs, without at least a mention of male victims...marginalize[s] this serious problem. Silence equal[s] oppression.” I want to address this statement, and to argue with it.
April 10, 2011
Two of my close friends, approximately my age, were raped when they were in college. One, feeling shame that she had "brought it on herself" by not realizing that a coed camping trip would turn into an orgy, declined to report it. Instead, she went into a depression, her grades dropped, and she isolated herself socially.
April 3, 2011
Amid jokes about killing the fatted cheesecake (we're vegetarians), Ben returned home this week from his trip to England with his band. He reported having "one of the best weeks of my life." It's not surprising. His experiences included opening for some pretty big names, being videotaped and interviewed for a documentary on the Gateshead Jazz Festival, and sharing a meal with a jazz/pop idol, one of the few other veggie musicians present, who expressed an interest in his musical career. Pretty heady stuff for a 16-year-old.
March 27, 2011
Ben left on my birthday for his band's trip to England. I had expected to feel desolate and anxious, and I won't deny that those feelings were (and are) in the mix. But I have also been excited for him, and I've managed not to even think about him for hours (well, minutes) at a time.
March 20, 2011
My first response to "Felicity"'s comment on my last post was defensive. I thought she had a lot of nerve presuming that she knew anything significant about my life, or lack thereof, from a series of blog posts. I had drafted a response along the lines of: A) This is a parenting blog, so I write about parenting issues. A casual reader of my posts on Buzz, Balls & Hype might not even realize that I had a child;
March 13, 2011
Both of Ben’s bands are taking off. His school jazz band is literally taking off in a little over a week; they have been accepted as performers at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival.
March 6, 2011
I was intrigued by Lisa Belkin's article on "mommy bloggers" -- particularly Heather Armstrong of Dooce -- in last week's New York Times Magazine. I found the question of how much it is wise, or fair, to reveal about one's family particularly compelling. Belkin writes:
February 27, 2011
Our family recently returned from a trip to Paris and London. At home, we have our share of stresses and strains, many of which I've documented here, but on vacation we mesh extraordinarily well. This is partly, of course, because we are removed from many potential sources of conflict, as we are all together 24/7, and so Bill and I don't have to worry about Ben's whereabouts, and we're not angsting over professional deadlines, overdue schoolwork, messy rooms and the like.
February 20, 2011
I am writing from Paris, where we are spending the first part of Ben's winter break ( We'll go on to London in a few days). Today we looked at Greek and Egyptian antiquities at the Louvre and had lunch in the Tuileries. Then we met Frederic, a friend from voice class who moved home to Paris in September, at the Musee d'Orsay. Afterward, his friend Colette joined us for drinks, then we went to a baroque music concert at Eglise Saint-Germain.

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