Archive for April 2017

Finding the confidence to listen

Tonight is our blogapalooz-hour at ChicagoNow. We’re writing about confidence, having it and lacking it. I’ve been told, more times than I can count, that I’m “intense.” I’m pretty sure that folks don’t all define the term the same way, but I take the point. And, while I am passionate and serious and do have... Read more »

You know you're fainting when you lose your hearing

You know you're fainting when you lose your hearing
Since I was a little kid, I’ve been a person who faints. When the going gets tough, the wimps just shut down and let everyone else handle things.  Although I’ve passed out in a bunch of different situations, the common thread is fainting during a visit to the doctor or hospital. In grad school, I... Read more »

13 reasons why the Netflix series gets suicide wrong

The topic of suicide has been in my Facebook newsfeed for the past few weeks, spurred by the Netflix show “13 Reasons Why.” I haven’t seen the show, and I won’t see it, for my own wellbeing. From those who have seen it, I’ve learned that rape and suicide are depicted graphically, which is very... Read more »
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There's more to know about mesothelioma than what you see on billboards

Until about two months ago, all I knew about mesothelioma was splashed across a billboard on I-294, and, then, all I learned was how to contact the lawyers who paid for the advertising. Over the years, I’ve tried to become informed about the breadth of cancers that people face. I have to say that reading... Read more »

April is the cruelest month: depression in the spring

April is the cruelest month: depression in the spring
It was my mother’s birthday on April 5th, and it never crossed my mind. Today my daughter and I were listening to Carly Simon (she indulges me) and “Like a River” started playing. When my daughter was little, less than 3, she said, “Mama, why do you listen to that sad song so much?” I... Read more »