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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 »

Music And Memory: Sometimes We Take The Long Way Home. Day 16 of 365

Last month, author Robert K. Elder asked if I’d share some words connecting music with my memories. He was planning the April 29th release party for his latest book, THE MIXTAPE OF MY LIFE: A DO IT YOURSELF MEMOIR (Running Press/Hachette Book Group), and I told him I’d be happy to help. Immediately, Supertramp’s TAKE... 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 »

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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Earth, Wind & Fire: A Race To Mackinac Video In The Making (Part 1)

Earth, Wind & Fire: A Race To Mackinac Video In The Making (Part 1)
I believe every journey presents opportunities to connect with others, especially when the travelers remain open to discovery. Once anchored and nurtured, friendship and community thrive as support systems, preserved indefinitely for all of those who choose to learn — and share – the backstories and perspectives of others. And so, upon previewing this just-released... Read more »

2014 Race To Mackinac

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The annual Race to Mackinac (pronounced MAC-in-awe) is sailing’s Freshwater Marathon, and this year’s 106th race marks my husband’s 4th. Twenty-six summers ago, when Mike and I were interns in Chicago riding the METRA to and from our respective parents’ homes, he confided a dream. “Before I die,” he’d said, “I want to crew on... Read more »

A Love Letter To Longboarding: Swells of Passion For The Sport That Nearly Killed My Son. Part 3

A Love Letter To Longboarding: Swells of Passion For The Sport That Nearly Killed My Son. Part 3
Click here to read Part 1 Click here to read Part 2 In the hospital, the last thing Henry could remember about the accident was taking a turn too wide and having to make a choice: stay left and hit the hay bales or cut right into a pack of riders. He wasn’t wearing leathers... Read more »
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A Love Letter To Longboarding: Swells of Passion For A Sport That Nearly Killed My Son. Part 2

A Love Letter To Longboarding: Swells of Passion For A Sport That Nearly Killed My Son. Part 2
…Continued from Part 1 …Click here to read Part 3 “Christine Wolf! Christine Wolf! Christine Wolf!” “Yeah? That’s me!” I’m standing on an incline looking down at the crowd below. Did I seriously miss Henry coming down the hill? He probably wants to get into the rental car to get the lunch we packed. Jesus.... Read more »
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