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Thank you, Joan Didion. Day 5 of 365

Thank you, Joan Didion. Day 5 of 365
I recently finished Joan Didion’s The Year Of Magical Thinking, a memoir about love, loss and grief. I’ll confess, it might have been the first book I’ve read — word for word, cover to cover — in a couple of years. I’ve never been a fast reader — something I’ve often felt tremendous shame about. And though I love... Read more »

It's Already Tuesday! Day 3 of 365

It's Already Tuesday! Day 3 of 365
I’ve taken to the exclamation “It’s Already Tuesday!” because otherwise, how do we really get through it all? “It’s Already Tuesday!” is a little joke I made up for myself. It’s a rib, an irony, a play on the fact that TUESDAY rarely — if ever — gets any love. Every other day of the week seems... Read more »

Hiding From A Gunman? What It Felt Like During An Active Shooter Emergency.

At 2:39 pm on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 14th, 2018, the students, faculty and staff of Northwestern University, near Chicago, received electronic alerts of a gunman on its campus. I was there when it all happened. Hours earlier, Northwestern students (and 90% [approximately 3,300] of students from nearby Evanston Township High School) participated in the first National... Read more »
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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 »

One year later. How the 2017 Women's March changed me. Part 1

[Click Here To Read Part 2] Why is it that, as women, we’re encouraged to downplay our accomplishments? Why do so many of us feel uncomfortable expressing success,  strength, and growth? And why is self-confidence something women tiptoe around? I don’t have all the answers to these questions, but I’m sharing what I’ve accomplished since... 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 »
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Moving On After A Classy Cyber Bully Rips My "MeToo" Post

This week I was cyber bullied on Facebook. It happened in the comments section under my latest post, inspired by the #metoo social media movement — an effort started in 1996 by Tarana Burke to foster understanding and compassion for victims of sexual assault. As Burke recently told CNN, “When you experience trauma and meet other people that have a... Read more »

Truth? I have never watched Game Of Thrones. I don't even know what it's about. Turns out, it's a bit of a Trump trigger that I never even saw coming.

Truth? I have never watched Game Of Thrones. I don't even know what it's about. Turns out, it's a bit of a Trump trigger that I never even saw coming.
Everyone’s talking about the Game Of Thrones finale. Not me. I don’t get Game Of Thrones. I guess I don’t get GOT. I don’t know what these characters are up to, or why they wear what they do. I don’t know what the fuss is about, or why it’s so popular. Makes me feel a... Read more »

Eyewitness To The Anger Pumping Through Veins Of Some Americans

On Father’s Day, I stopped to fill my gas tank in Northbrook, Illinois. It’s a relatively wealthy suburb. I do not live there. I was not raised there. I finished pumping, then emptied the well of my driver’s side door of the weekly junk that accumulates: paper, tissues, an aluminum can, a piece of floss,... Read more »
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This Just Happened At My Local Pharmacy: One Dose Of Nauseating Truth About Health Care In America

My doctor recently prescribed a new medication, to be taken four times a day. “But make sure to check with your insurance,” he advised. “Some plans will only cover it twice a day. If that’s the case, just let me know.” And like a dolt, I got busy and didn’t call insurance. Nearly two weeks... Read more »
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