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On Becoming A Biographer. Day 7 of 365

For those of you who don’t know, I’m writing a biography about two people who are no longer alive. Though I can’t yet discuss who they are (I will, soon!), I can say it’s been a fascinating journey, researching these remarkable people and immersing myself in their history. I really look forward to sharing the project with you. Writing a biography has... Read more »

On Turning 50 And Starting A Tiny Little Something. Day 1 of 365

Okay, so I just turned 50 today, and I’ve decided to do something I’ve never done before. I’m going to blog every day for a solid year. Never have I done something like this — blogging with regularity? wait…who me? — but the timing, for some reason, feels absolutely right. I’m typically a blog-when-I-feel-like-it kind of writer, inspired by topics that move... Read more »

The 1993 Comstock, Michigan Amtrak crash. Reaching out, twenty-five years later, hoping to close old wounds.

The 1993 Comstock, Michigan Amtrak crash. Reaching out, twenty-five years later, hoping to close old wounds.
I’m mailing the letters tomorrow, and I hope it’s the right thing to do. Twenty-five years ago, on March 10, 1993, I was involved in an Amtrak crash in Comstock, Michigan. One man, Nicholas Bakhuyzen, was killed. Another man, the train’s engineer, James Chiles, received 2nd degree burns on his face, head and arms. Despite Amtrak’s initial... Read more »
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We're All Riding The Waves Of Life

We're All Riding The Waves Of Life
Sometimes it feels like you’ve really got this, that everything’s going to work out. Other times you wonder why you’d ever allowed yourself to think that way. Sometimes you face situations alone, scared half to death, only to “survive” and learn later that others felt exactly the same. Other times you breeze through storms, wondering — after the fact — how it was... Read more »

NYE got you down? Hope this helps you feel less alone.

NYE got you down? Hope this helps you feel less alone.
If you’ve ever experienced anything close to breathless sadness or profound loneliness, I understand. If you’ve wondered what tomorrow holds — and how you’ll get through to another morning — I’ve been there. And if you know the indescribable feeling in the pit of your stomach that accompanies a cocktail of uncertainty, confusion and bewilderment,... Read more »

Thanksgiving, Reconfigured

I have just a few, vague Thanksgiving memories from my youth… like tracing my hand on construction paper for those crafty, grade school turkey projects… and waking up, mid-morning in high school, to the delicious smells of stuffing and roast turkey. But it was only during my college years that I truly came to appreciate the holiday and install some lasting... Read more »
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How To Take A Tiny Little Rest

How To Take A Tiny Little Rest
The little boy walking down the sidewalk tonight couldn’t have been more than two or three, all pudgy and rosy and wobbly on his feet. His right hand was held by an older woman’s, while his left hand rested on his own sweet little belly, which was covered by a bright orange shirt that read... Read more »

A Birthday Message For My Mom

Happy Birthday, Mom. Despite your strength and beauty, you’ve always been the lady who — I know, I know — doesn’t want the spotlight…or to have your picture plastered here for all the world to see and share. So, I’m not “outing” you. No names. No photos. Mom, I know this post may embarrass you.... Read more »

Just Call Me Chrissy

On the day I was born, I was Christine Anne Kamys. The last name, which is Polish, rhymes with famous. Everyone back then just called me Chrissy. And that, quite simply, was that. Chrissy Kamys. Sure, sometimes people rebranded my name to Chris or Kris or Christy or Kristy. Or CHRISTINE  — if it was... Read more »
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One Of My Favorite Childhood Memories

One Of My Favorite Childhood Memories
It’s impossible to pick my favorite childhood memory, but one very special time takes me back to the summer of 1974, when I was 6 years old. The drive from River Forest to Oak Park was just 9 minutes, but it always felt like forever, especially when Mom listened to WGN talk radio and Beth... Read more »
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    I tend to cover life's ups and downs. I don't shy away from the tougher, more emotional stories. While I'm always willing to voice an opinion, it sometimes contradicts my innate desire to please everyone at all times. Such is this crazy life, I suppose. Ultimately, I search for meaning in the human experience, and openly share how I (try to) keep my head above water. Thanks so much for dropping by. I really appreciate hearing your thoughts.

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