Living with Mental Illness

Dear Friend, Mental health is a topic that a lot of people shy away from….Sure, you hear about mindfulness and meditation. You also hear that exercise is good for your mental health, and so is eating a well balanced diet. What nobody ever wants to talk about is the daily experience of living with mentalContinue reading “Living with Mental Illness”

Overcoming Anxious Thoughts

Dear Friend, In the past, I’d avoid using the copy machine if anyone was near it, because I was afraid of an awkward social interaction. I’d avoid making doctor’s appointments because I was afraid to. I’d get physically ill prior to most social outings, whether it was work or something I’ve been looking forward toContinue reading “Overcoming Anxious Thoughts”

The Lady at the Diner

Dear friend, Several years ago my sister and I were eating lunch at our local diner when we couldn’t help overhearing the conversation of the couple in the booth behind us.  They had just come from a Dr’s appointment, and the woman was told that her cancer had come back, and spread to her brain.Continue reading “The Lady at the Diner”

Accepting Differences In Opinion

Dear Paige E., I’m having a hard time these days because people have wildly different political views…if I see an opposing view it can ruin my day because I can’t stop thinking about it. I know I can’t change their opinion, so how do I stop wasting energy on this?  -Anonymous Dear A, When facedContinue reading “Accepting Differences In Opinion”

Nanny’s Kitchen

I remember the September sun diffusing through the blinds, casting light upon the table,  where you taught me long division. Four o’clock and it’s set for supper: Forks on the left, knives on the right, two Flinstone vitamins for Evan and Claire. I remember the patio door,  wedged with a wooden pole, removed when youContinue reading “Nanny’s Kitchen”

Women Celebrating Women

In celebration of International Women’s Day, I asked several readers one question: “Who is the most inspirational woman in your life?” Read on for their beautiful tributes:  “The most inspiring woman in my life is my mother. Growing up, she worked full time, but still always found the time to be an attentive, involved, lovingContinue reading “Women Celebrating Women”

Date Night In Quarantine

Dear Paige E., What are some fun date-night activities and ideas couples can do during quarantine?  -Anonymous Dear A., While it may seem like date night options are limited during the pandemic, there are still plenty of things to do aside from the standard hiking, movie night, and game night! The trick is to getContinue reading “Date Night In Quarantine”

Choosing to Let Love In (My Journey)

Dear Friend, The truth is, until recently my love life was a closed door. I didn’t let people know about it, and I didn’t let romantic love in. I dated or was in the talking-stages with all sorts of guys…some were extremely nice, and would’ve made decent boyfriends. The ones who I went out withContinue reading “Choosing to Let Love In (My Journey)”