About Me

Colleen Burns Durda- Photo by Emily John Photography


Welcome to my corner of the world. I’m an aspiring memoirist, humorist and actual mom. I live with my husband outside of Minneapolis, MN. The children we raised are all grown and reside in several time zones. Growing up, they provided me with lots of material as a humor writer. These days, they prefer to have me mine my own life for blog posts. I guess there are these things called boundaries, and I can respect that.

My memoir is in the “final once over” stage of editing, by several professionals. I’m having a cover designed because my skills don’t extend to that level. I had no concept for how long this would take as I have declared the manuscript finished quite often. I have a feeling by the time it’s actually completed, Hell will look like a Minnesota lake in mid-January.

The Second is a story of creativity, humor and resilience. Despite long odds, the marriage withstands mental illness and emotional infidelity. This leaves us both strengthened and committed, in a good way.

The book deals with some pretty intense subjects. I can’t promise a knee-slapping good time, but I think it’s a story that needed to be told.

Books have fascinated me since I mastered Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff at age four. Some of my fondest memories as a child were visits to a mansion converted to a library near my home in South Euclid, Ohio.

My own home now contains several bookshelves and I like to keep their contents fresh and rotated.

My areas of interest are mental health awareness, personal growth, spirituality, political discourse and being a fabulous Nana.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the posts.


Favorite Quotes

When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you and will heal somebody else.

Iyanla Vanzant

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

J. K. Rowling

Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.

Mary Tyler Moore

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