About Me

Hi. I’m Stacy Morrison. Above all else, I am a searcher.

Professionally, I am a media executive, and have been lucky to be shaping and driving stories and media brands for different audiences for more than twenty years. You can read my Super-Official Bio here, if that’s what you’re looking for. But it is the searcher in me that drove those successes, too.

I am an inveterate people-watcher, most especially of myself. I am fascinated by the way each of us create our identities, with scraps and string and rubber bands and chewing gum. With stories told to us or moments we lived, from exchanges with our families and friends, from our failures and our wins. But mostly from that never-ending internal dialogue that decides at different moments, all day, every day, who I am now? And now? And now?

This blog is the place where I talk about my own identity, but the most internal part of it. The outside part of my identity is easy to see: Google Stacy Morrison and you’ll find thousands of words and photos and public appearances. It’s easy to assume that all that success and confidence and blonde hair equals something solid and secure.

But of course, that is not so, because life is a journey and we have to change boats midstream and then get on a horse when sled dogs would be better, then turn upside down and wake up and realize we are actually in a desert where the sand is made of sugar and the sun can sing us a lullabye, and well, wait a minute. That metaphor just turned into a hallucination, and yet out of that, I will still find a way to see meaning and I will right my ship and begin again.

Begin again. And again. Get closer to my intuition. Allow myself to be in love with life, even though being aware of its ticking preciousness makes me feel vulnerable and as shreddable as fine cotton voile blowing in the summer breeze.

Here I write about what I do know and I can’t and will never know about my successes of becoming the person I’m truly meant to be.

I get closer to her every day, but she is a chimera, ever slipping from my grasp. All I can do is keep unpeeling the layers, get closer to true and deep self-honesty, and love myself with all the compassion I have long shone on others. It is an honor to have you here, as I write my way toward my own internal home, as I keep filling in the blanks.

17 Responses to About Me

  1. Lynda McDermott says:

    Hi there! It’s been a long time..Congrats on your book. I never realized until I saw your article in The Key magazine that we are sorority sisters–I went to Miami University (Ohio). Sounds like life is good!
    Lynda McDermott
    EquiPro International

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  3. Shawn says:

    Hi Stacy,

    I highlighted and dog-eared pages of Falling Apart In One Piece as I anticipated a separation from my husband of 14 years. It [the relationship] never quite worked and was always extraordinarily challenging, but I put my head down and convinced myself that none of it was reason to quit. Sometimes relationships in undergrad are best left there. I tried beyond myself and almost until I didn’t recognize myself, but there was something in me that would not let me give up ME. Finally I stopped trying and let it do was it was meant to do…fall apart. I’ve found your book incredibly honest and “on my side”…there are sides to thing this called separation/divorce.

    I was wondering how you’re doing and if you’ve been able to love again with a shred of innocence save the emotional scars of the first leap. I am not yet divorced because the state where I reside requires a one year separation period before filing. The date is fixed and I am ready because the experience of raising two children and all of the tasks that come along with that have not made me once say to myself in secret or public, “I miss him.” The truth is that I don’t and it’s 11 months and counting.

    I thought that I check the web to see if you’d published another book… hoping that you and Zack are well and defining happiness on your own terms day by day. I must confess I also hoped to read that you are currently enjoying a love bigger than you dreamt. Thank you for sharing your story.

  4. Jen says:

    I think you are terrific. Know that you’re dealing with some sadness at the moment, but better days are ahead.

  5. Liz R says:

    Stacy,
    Just listened to your book on CD on my long drive home for the holidays (Orange County to Omaha, NE) loved it! I so related to your story. My husband left me this past year, my Father very sick suddenly, laid off by company, rehired by company and moved from Chicago to Orange County by said company and now just laid off again by company (hence the extra time to drive not fly with my dog). Rough times as you and many have experienced. Anyway you story touched me and entertained me and I felt as though we were sisters/best friends. (I guess we are sort of I’m a Kappa as well). Your writing and distinctive voice have inspired me, so thank you!

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  7. frogstale says:

    Hi Stacey

    I just finished your book. I wanted to say how well written and unputdownable it is.

    Congratulations on the publication of your book and moving on and up in your life. It was refreshing to read that someone felt like I did while I was going through my divorce. It is always encouraging to know that you aren’t alone.

    I am writing my own memoir and I pick up others to study how they are written, and particularly ones that are on a similar theme. I have also started blogging at http://frogstale.wordpress.com/ and write on various themes, including my marriage break up. I would like to refer to some parts of your book in my blog if that is ok with you.

    Best wishes
    Frog’s Tale

    • stacy says:

      Thanks so much for your note. And I simply love the adjective “unputdownable.” Please feel free to quote from my book with appropriate credit, and thanks for asking! I’ll hop over to your site to check it out. And good luck with your writing! It’s a journey… kind of like life itself.

  8. Great post (as always) and love the “inhaling heaven line.” Loved your book, and would love to send you a copy of mine (gratis, of course), “Honey, Do You Need a Ride? Confessions of a Fat Runner.” Not that you’re fat. But that you’re running, and also endured a horrible, no-good, very bad divorce. If you’re open to it, pls send me a mailing address, Jennifer@jennifergraham.com. Very much looking forward to your next book. You write like a poet.

    • stacy says:

      “You write like a poet.” I am going to engrave that onto… I don’t know, something, because I always wanted to be a poet. So thank you, very much.

  9. Carrie says:

    Stacy – I have your book on my iPhone and couldn’t stop reading it. You said things in your book that I only thought I was thinking and going through and I’m so glad I have your book to refer to. I’ve highlighted so much of it and of course, I love being able to refer to it anytime I want since it’s on my iPhone. It’s because of your book that I feel I can actually make it through all this stuff going on. It is my rock!

    • stacy says:

      Carrie, thank you for this message, and I’m sorry it took so long to respond. My site was down for a bit there. Oh, life, you all-consuming creature! I am glad I could provide comfort. Comfort and company is what I so desperately wanted on my own journey. Wishing you strength and peace! xo

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  11. Henry says:

    Searching through old folders a few days ago I found a newspaper clipping I had neatly folded and stored. I just re-read it (today, Sunday, January 22, 2017)Modern Love, Sunday, March 21, 2010, The Ex-Husband Who Never Left. It triggered so many emotions. That article got me through some very, very, difficult days. At the time I was planning a very painful move out of my home and seperation from my wife of 15 years and our two kids. (I am a gay man). We vowed to support each other and be there for our two kids (a 17 year old son and 9 year old daughter at the time). We promised each other we’d be best friends, that we’d be there for each other. Your essay was a ray of light. I couldn’t wait to share it with my wife! There was hope for us. We kept our promises. Our family is stronger then ever. Thank you for writing and sharing that essay. I hope you, Zack and Chris are well. And alos your boyfriend (you never shared his name).

    • stacy says:

      Henry — I’m so sorry I missed this beautiful, beautiful comment. I’m so honored to have written something that gave you hope and gave you company. And I’m so glad to hear that you and your wife found the way to honor each other and what you had once shared for the good of your son — and the good of each other!!!

      As for me, my boyfriend who is in that story is no longer in my life. I had a series of devastating losses all in a row, right as my book came out. All of that is detailed here on this blog, though I don’t write as often as I would like.

      Life keeps throwing its curve balls as well as its wonderful surprises. I send you and your family best wishes and warmest congratulations. The way I feel resolved and whole after my divorce, and the relationship my ex and I share with our son, is one of my life’s deepest satisfactions, and I am sure you know just what I mean. The beautiful irony that failure turns to victory is quite lovely, indeed. xo Stacy

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