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 now published in paperback and Kindle ebook through Amazon and is available by clicking the link on the Book tab of Colleen’s Corner. There are ebook versions from multiple bookstores like Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple and many others. The link to BN print and Nook versions is on the Books page as well. I haven’t been there personally, but since the book is actually completed, Hell should have frozen over and look like a Minnesota lake in mid-January. I finally did it.

The Second is a story of creativity, humor and resilience. With long odds, my marriage is buffeted by mental illness and emotional infidelity. This leaves us both strengthened and committed, in a variety of ways. It has been my goal for many years to describe the perspective of a person in and outside of the devastating symptoms of bipolar disorder. There are text books written by healthcare providers and some very well-done accounts written by spouses, but a first-hand book written by someone whose mind has betrayed them is relatively rare.

The book deals with some pretty intense subjects. I’ve tried to infuse the narrative with a bit of humor to soften the impact. I wanted to explore some of the subjects I do to help women with the same questions keep seeking answers, despite poor care or advice. If you have any questions or emotions bubble up because of topics covered in The Second, I urge you to advocate for yourself and seek competent professional advice.

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 the William Telling Mansion, which at the time was converted to a library near my home in Lyndhurst, Ohio.

The building has subsequently become a museum, but I adored finding sunny nooks to read and rifling the card catalog for science fiction or books about queens from different historical times.

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

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face…You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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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