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Dec 3

A Darkened Room

Posted on Thursday, December 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

light_floodlight Months have passed and mysilentscream has been silenced. Silenced by circumstances. Silenced by my busyness. Silenced by the many demands for my words. I chose; no one else.

Today, I’m stepping out of the darkened room. I’m hoping you’ll join me again.

Oct 30


Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

214591_sad_eggAs fun as yesterday was, today I’ve been laid up with vertigo.

I’ve had vertigo several times. Vertigo, also known as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), is disconcerting.

I haven’t been drunk in many years, but I casually explain that vertigo feels like being drunk without any of “the fun” someone might have hoped for.

Usually when I’ve had vertigo symptoms once I do the Epley Maneuver the spins and the nausea caused by vertigo go away within a few hours. This time, no.

Sep 30

A Month Away

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

Sept 30MySilentScream was especially silent this last month.

At the risk of self-serving self-promotion, thank you to the hundreds of readers in twenty-nine countries who took the time to read mysilentscreams over the past month. Your graciousness is inexplicable and appreciated!

Posts will resume in October.

If you sent a comment that landed in the last four weeks among the 10,130 comments which are mostly spam, I’m sorry I missed it.

Note – I’ll gladly accept content or topic suggestions posted to my Twitter feed @ScottVolltrauer or emailed to me at:

May 29


Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

Good_ByeNothing like writing a great post, hitting “Save” only to find that a “Checksum” error reduce your brilliance to a faded memory.

Mysilentscream is sadly silent today.

(If I get over my angry self-pity we’ll be back tomorrow)

Nov 25

Thank You!

Posted on Sunday, November 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

Dear readers, thank you so much for taking the time: 

– to read
– to write to me
– to comment on the blog
– to tweet me @ScottVolltrauer
– to comment on Facebook

This weekend marks a year since I started tracking readership.  More than 6000 readers have joined you.

If you have any suggestions, any topics you’d like covered, any guest-posts you would like me to pursue, or any post you yourself would like to write, please let me know at mysilentscreamforscott   @

Thank you again for helping mysilentscream become what it’s becoming!

Nov 19

Cod Stew

Posted on Monday, November 19, 2012 in Uncategorized





I created a yummy Cod Stew today. 

I could not find a recipe that was gluten-free and dairy-free online, so here is mine.

Ingredients Serve: 4

•    1 pound of cod, skinned, boned & cut into bite-size pieces (or pre-cut cod frozen @ Trader Joes grocery store)
•    1 tablespoon olive oil mixed with hot pepper seeds
•    2 large onions, 1 chopped, then other in large sections
•    2 (19-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
•    1 teaspoon chopped garlic
•    1 teaspoon basil
•    1/2 teaspoon salt
•    1/8 teaspoon black pepper
•    1 can black beans
•    3 large carrots sliced 1/8” thin
•    1/4 cup frozen chopped mango
•    (Optional) 1/2 teaspoon crushed dry chili pepper

Mar 9

Thank You Faithful Readers!

Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

I apologize for being off-line most of this week.

Despite my best intentions, when I returned from vacation I was greeted by a deluge of work, including:
– 208 response needed emails in my work inbox
– and a 15, 12, and a 28-hour workday.

We will resume next week with lessons I learned in Hawaii, followed by a series on the fear of failure.

Mar 6

Back from Vacation

Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

Mysilentscream readers, a restless night sleep led right into twenty hours in airports or on one of three flights.

One brief fitfully slept nap later, I’m exhausted from our vacation.

(Insert mocking laughter here)

I’ll get some rest and be back tomorrow. Thanks for your readership!


Nov 10

It’s my birthday today…

Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

… so I’m not writing, I’m soaking in the love!

Jan 22

My debut blog

Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2009 in Uncategorized

chicagocubsHow do you start blog entitled mysilentscream?

It sounds like a bastion for the emo, morose or the passive-aggressive. If that’s you, welcome! If not, don’t go away yet!

I plan to rant and rave throughout mysilentscream‘s lifespan. So where do I begin?

At the risk of alienating many of you, I’ll reach into my heart.

I have learned joy, and sorrow, the promise for tomorrow and the dashes of hope for today. I have learned to persevere and I’ve learned to be a realist. I have been crushed with disappointment and been propped up for another day.