Flawed But Fun:
Poems from the Attic

About the Author  

Nancy Tuininga was an extremely bright, energetic, compassionate woman in her mid-twenties when the dark shadow of bipolar disorder first descended upon her. Thus began a heroic 40-year struggle to maintain some semblance of family, career, and intellectual life while under the assault from this crippling affliction. The fact that she functions today as a contributing member of society is testimony to her exceptional courage, keen intellect and sheer determination.

Sustaining Nancy through much of this dark journey has been her writing of poems. Many are precious jewels, a unique combination of incisive insight, poignant humor and painful truth. However, all are particularly insightful as a window into an especially gifted mind which has been savagely challenged. Her poems have also been her compass to lucidity and a source of self-­worth in many of her darkest moments.

Nancy's unusual courage to write objectively and intelligently in the epilogue about her illness is an insightful gift to anyone exper-iencing similar problems personal or with loved ones. It also serves as a reminder that much of the continuing societal stigma of mental illness is unwarranted.

Flawed But Fun cover

100% of the $10 purchase price
donated to

Nancy Tuininga

We take great pleasure in sharing with you the precious, life sus-taining work of this very special woman.

Hal Eastman, Publisher


* With her brilliant, uniquely creative use of the English language, Nancy reminds us that the greatest gifts are sometimes covered by our misunderstanding of the mind, hidden under a shroud of mental illness. Julie Pech, Author

* The poems are remarkable, and the epilogue compelling. I was especially taken with "Conundrum"...Susan Resneck-Pierce, President Emerita, University of Puget Sound.

* Nancy's poetry takes the reader deep down...her imagery conveys honest feelings. Not to be missed is her prose "Epilogue," a painful subject written with urgent purpose and clarity. Harold P. Simonson, Professor Emeritus of English, University of Washington.


THANK YOU.....We'd like to thank Hal Eastman for making the publication of the book possible. He's given a lifelong dream to another person--perhaps one of the greatest acts of kindness one individual can give to another. Our mother is a brilliant, beautiful person who spent nearly a lifetime struggling with her mental afflications. Our own challenges of spending most of our lives without her have brought us to greater individual strengths. Julie, Kristin & Andy.

All Rights Reserved. Flawed But Fun. Copyright 2008