I’ve been writing since I was in second grade in Bay City, Michigan, home of Madonna. I write everything from fiction to memoir to screenplays to book reviews.

Mid-March 2020: The pandemic starts in earnest. Our governor issues stay-at-home orders. I am a writer, an introvert. I am used to being alone. Sometimes for days. I am certain I’ll be able to carry on. Overcome. Stand tall. All the rest.

Ha ha ha. Famous last words, eh?

The…

Twice now, I’ve been married. Twice now, I’ve been divorced. Makes me wonder — actually it makes me think — that I may not be such a great wife.

I used to think — before the second divorce — that I was infinitely patient, endlessly charming and loving, and had…

No, I’m not a serial killer, not an embezzler, not even a jaywalker.

Worse, I’m that person next to you on the plane, at the DMV, or in line at the grocery store who wants to talk, who wants to hear your story.

For years — many many years —…

Not the Be-All and End-All of Education

(On Friday, August 26, 1966, in the early afternoon, my mother, Patricia Anne Foley Browning, died at home of colon cancer. She was three months shy of her forty-first birthday and left behind seven children — six girls, one boy — ranging in age from seventeen to three. …

Advice Straight From My Mother

Remembering my mother, who died more than 50 years ago, is a lot like looking through a broken kaleidoscope: the light is cloudy, the pieces don’t line up, and there’s no discernible pattern.

I see the blue and green plaid dress she liked to wear. …

Divorce and Non-Disparagement Agreements

A sad-eyed, brown and white dog.

On September 23, 2020, my second marriage officially ended.

A divorce my ex had initiated on August 31, 2017, was finally granted.

It should never have taken that long. I was “protected” by a prenup. It should have been a Blake Shelton/Miranda Lambert kind of split. …

Completely unsolicited and possibly useless advice

Black and white Muscovy duck. Left leg is broken and taped.

Introduction: For the past 6 months or so, I’ve been working on a not necessarily true memoir of my 13-year marriage and subsequent divorce from a man who was — and probably still is — younger, richer, and crazier than I am.

I refer to the memoir as not necessarily…

Nomadland: The book

The cover of Nomadland by Jessica Bruder

Because of the pandemic and the need to socially distance, I never saw Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” (2020) in the theater, and given the film’s apparently bleak topic I had little interest in streaming it. …

A possibly true — but probably not — retelling of a disastrous marriage.

Sparkly, white sandals with rhinestones.

(From He Got the House, I Got the Animals: A Not Necessarily True or Accurate Memoir of my 13-Year Marriage and Eventual Divorce From a Filthy Rich Crazy Man)

So finally…

After 3 years…

After 3 different lawyers…

After a stint as a pro se litigant…

After the gate fell…

A possibly true, but probably not, retelling of a disastrous marriage

(From He Got the House, I Got the Animals: A Not Necessarily True or Accurate Memoir of my 13-Year Marriage and Eventual Divorce From a Filthy Rich Crazy Man)

Towards the end of the marriage, T.K. decided I needed improving, and he very graciously offered to help.

Okay.

On the…

Maureen Cooke

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