Category: How to help someone

Meditation 101. How To Begin Without Feeling Totally Stupid.

About two years ago, I was pushing through days, feeling emotionally drained, when a dear friend invited me to join a group meditation. I had no idea what that even meant, but it sounded like something other people did, so I declined. A couple of months later, she invited me again. “What do you even do there?” I... Read more »

The Climb. Finding Peace As I Walk Through Grief. Day 23 of 365

It turned out to be an exquisite day in so many ways — bright, sunny, warm and breezy — though it certainly didn’t begin that way.  On that Saturday in May, a number of us were headed to Northern Wisconsin to witness the wedding of a dear friend, someone I’ve known, and with whom I have laughed, for... Read more »

Embrace The Overwhelm. 5 Steps To Help Someone Bypass Depression. Day 15 of 365

Embrace The Overwhelm. 5 Steps To Help Someone Bypass Depression. Day 15 of 365
About one month ago, I spent time with a lifelong friend. She’d been in great spirits as we caught up on each other’s lives, but then, without warning, she grew distant and quiet. She’s struggled with depression in the past, so I knew enough not to push. Instead, I busied myself and gave her plenty... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

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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One year later. How the Women's March changed me. Part 2

[Please click here to read Part 1] In January 2017, upon my return from the Women’s March, I realized I no longer feared living my life as a single woman. I’d been separated for more than a year and was finalizing a divorce, but when I returned from D.C., I felt — perhaps for the first time... 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 »
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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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