lieslprfileAll about me. Or something like that.

I’m Liesl. It’s pronounced lee-sul or lee-zul, but definitely not Le-Seal, which is what my dentist keeps calling me when my mouth is stuffed with cotton balls or sharp objects and I can’t correct him.

I’m divorced and remarried. Neither of these events has gone particularly smoothly. I’m also a mother and step-mother. Again, not smooth. I’m currently alienated from one of my children, and am thrilled to have the other one back in my life. I suppose they call that balance. I work in the corporate world in eLearning, which means training you can take at home in your pajamas. Sadly, I don’t get to work at home in my pajamas.

My best life advice is laugh it out, embrace the weirdness, and don’t be afraid of just screaming or crying sometimes. Life is messy, and it’s not a paper towel commercial – don’t clean it up. Revel in it, I mean finger-paint on the walls with that stuff.

Life is also funny and sad, so my writing reflects that. Among other things, I write about life, depression, family, parental alienation (though this is often cloaked), personal growth and bravery, and yes, my dogs at times. I write poems as much as possible along with blog posts. I’m also plotting some bigger things, lots going on! I stopped writing for over two decades of my life, and hope to never let that sort of madness happen again.

fireplacedogsbo Gonzo the puppy

And don’t worry if I seem too sad sometimes, by the time you read it, I’m already rolling on the floor with my dogs. My dogs love me. I mean, other people do too, but dog love is pure love, right?


Beer also says it loves me, but I think it’s only using me for my body.


  1. Shirl

    Liesl, just want to say hello. I haven’t forgotten you.
    So nice to see your photo and those of your dogs. I remember
    them from your poem in the twitter contest.
    “Life is funny, and sad.” Your humaness comes through here,
    in your words. I’m glad you are in Poem Central.
    Shirl McPhillips

    1. it's nothing, really... (Post author)

      Hi Shirl! Thank you so much for your kind words! Your book is beautiful, I’m thrilled to be a part of it!

  2. Barbara Gabriel


    Interesting to get to know someone entirely through the e-universe, right? What I like about your writing is: authenticity (which has been my mantra for the past ten years), humor, honesty, and the manner in which you are capable of combining wit with wisdom, depression and joy. Rock on, Write on.

    We should have drinks sometime, somewhere in the world. First one’s on me.

    1. it's nothing, really... (Post author)

      Barbara, that is so incredibly kind. Thank you, your words mean so much. And yes, a drink or two and fine conversation would be lovely! I’ll travel!

  3. mylifeiswear.com

    Just checking out your blog. I’ve been through parental alienation and written about it. It was one of the hardest times of my life. Stay strong.

    1. it's nothing, really... (Post author)

      Thank you. I’m sorry – I wish I was the only one.


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