Category: Grief

The First Time I Felt Like A Grown Up

I’d been married just over a year. I think I was 24, 25 years old. I was living in Lakeview, in a garden apartment on Roscoe. My parents lived in Crystal Lake with my youngest sister, then 13 or 14. Our middle sister, 22 or 23, was in grad school, in Boston. Mom announced that... Read more »

Boy, 13, Takes Own Life On Christmas Eve. The Press Release I Was Not Prepared To Write

Boy, 13, Takes Own Life On Christmas Eve. The Press Release I Was Not Prepared To Write
I’ve written only two press releases in my life, both in the past 4 months, both covering a set of pediatric autoimmune disorders called PANDAS & PANS. Only one of those press releases — this one — brought me to my knees.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – January 5, 2017 — The national non-profit organization Pandas/Pans... Read more »

Make Life Great Again. 50 Lessons From My Worst Year Ever.

Make Life Great Again. 50 Lessons From My Worst Year Ever.
To “Make America Great Again”, it must start from within. To help make life great again, here are 50 lessons learned from my worst year ever. The bad news is, you will never run out of things to cry about. The good news is, not everything you cry about will be sad. Bits of shattered dreams can... Read more »
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Evanston Post-Election Community Meeting. What I Saw And Heard.

Evanston Post-Election Community Meeting. What I Saw And Heard.
[Earlier today, I had a pen and paper when I arrived an hour before the 3pm Post-Election Community Meeting. The observations and quotes shared here are from my personal reflections and are not intended to be taken as exact statements.] It felt like entering a memorial service, with all those hushed tones and somber faces. A hazy sun shone through... Read more »

Heartbreaking Message of Hope to High School Students Day After Election

Heartbreaking Message of Hope to High School Students Day After Election
Today, following yesterday’s Presidential Election, Evanston Township High School Superintendent Dr. Eric Witherspoon shared a message of hope and belonging to students over the P.A. system, then to families via email. I believe every young person in America deserves to hear these words always — but especially today.   Good morning, E-Town – This is Dr. Witherspoon. Once in a while... Read more »

Evanston: Loaded Shotgun Near School Triggers Community's Anger, Shame, Grief, And Compassion

Evanston: Loaded Shotgun Near School Triggers Community's Anger, Shame, Grief, And Compassion
I do not know him. I do not know his circumstances. I do not know his story. All I need to know is he was arrested near my children’s school, steps from my home, carrying a loaded shotgun. I stayed up half the night trying to find the right way to share my feelings about... Read more »
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Gene Wilder Set An Emotional Anchor For My Life

This is the first post I’ve written in almost a year, about a man I never met, born in the same city as me (Milwaukee), who now happens to be dead. That man is American actor Gene Wilder. Wilder died on August 29th, 2016. Here is the statement issued from his nephew: It is with... Read more »

Earth, Wind & Fire: A Race To Mackinac Video In The Making (Part 3)

Earth, Wind & Fire: A Race To Mackinac Video In The Making (Part 3)
FIRE While Chris Froeter worked to edit the memories he’d captured on video during CHIEF’s 4th Race to Mackinac, a fire destroyed his family’s Evanston, Illinois, home, along with nearly all the Froeters’ possessions. The date was Friday, March 20th, 2015. SKIP TO PART 1 OF THIS SERIES (EARTH) SKIP TO PART 2 OF THIS... Read more »

Earth, Wind & Fire: A Race To Mackinac Video In The Making (Part 2)

Earth, Wind & Fire: A Race To Mackinac Video In The Making (Part 2)
WIND CHIEF’s First Race To Mackinac After a whirlwind summer purchasing and prepping our new boat, I stood on the docks on July 16th, 2011, preparing to say goodbye to my husband, my 13-year-old son and the 6 other crewmembers racing in our new boat’s first Race To Mackinac as CHIEF. The crew was provisioned... Read more »
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Share This With Every Gun Lover You Know

Dear Gun Lover, You’re not safer in your house with that gun in there.You’re just not. And you’re not being “proactive” teaching your kids how to handle weapons, either. What you’re doing is endangering all of us, and when I say all of us, I mean ALL of us. I showed my 11-year-old this video... 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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