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Faking, Not Really Feeling, Inner Strength

I’d need way more fingers and toes, to count the number of times I’ve had to fake inner- strength. I was born to super-stoic parents. Personal crisis of any kind was kept on the D-L, no matter how bad things were. So even when my mother suicided (I’d just finished the...

My Thoughts on Yet Another Mass-shooting

Each time there’s another mass-shooting in the U.S. I feel shaken to my core. Grief, outrage, confusion. Old wounds from past shootings ripped open. Questions. Demands. Anger. Even though I’m far-removed from the incident I feel the ripple-effect: disbelief and then...

When Personal-business Becomes Public

I got my first dose of the Covid vaccine yesterday. My doctor’s office “reached-out” (a phone robot, of course) with the particulars. The where/when of the drive-thru clinic. So I went. To an event that looked and felt like Area 51:  tents, masks, Security,...

Ready — or Not — to Hear The Truth

"Tonight we dine in Hell!" There must be a hundred film clips with one-line 'zingers' stuck in my head. Anyone who watches movies (on any platform) knows what I mean. You hear an actor give a line that totally captures not only that moment in the film, but also your...

The Challenge of ‘Personal Upgrades’

I’ve always chased new experiences. Full disclosure, I crave them. ‘Change’ seldom feels threatening to me; even when it’s unexpected. Being thrown off-balance pretty quickly morphs into feeling flexible and resilient.  I know that a lot of people – maybe most –...