The Christmas “Shake It Off”

My 11-year-old likes to run around in the backyard. Almost every single day, he'll announce, "I'm going outside!" and grab his coat. Our backyard is oddly shaped and not flat. He'll run - back and forth, back and forth - between two trees on the uneven terrain. Says he needs to "think and get my... Continue Reading →

Reflecting on Mental Health

October 10th was World Mental Health Day, a day to bring awareness to mental health and end stigma around treatment. Important in a normal year, 2020 has magnified all of the ways that people can struggle with mental health. Isolation, fear, anxiety... all of these have been brought to the forefront for people who may... Continue Reading →

The Last Thing I Did “Before”

Everything happened so quickly in a matter of days in March.  As the news from Seattle grew more serious, with large tech firms ordering their employees to stay home, major sporting events, theaters, and other gatherings announced their closure.  "Social Distancing" became a term we all knew.  Various states began to put in place their... Continue Reading →

Knowing When Something is Off

A few weeks ago, I felt like my heart was racing and I could not get calmed down.  I know the exact date: February 14th.  Valentine's Day.  The day after Iris's birthday. Ger and I had spent part of the day in Chicago, having lunch.  On the drive back out to the suburbs, I felt... Continue Reading →

Recognizing That Reaction

About a month ago, I went through a very intense experience involving mental health.  Without going into details, I had to make some decisions, in the middle of the night, that I knew were going to have a lasting impact on the people involved.  I feared for my personal safety, and the safety of the... Continue Reading →

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