Life Without Judgment

March 26, 2016

I have a question, or three, for you to answer – not for me, but for yourself.

What are you not giving yourself permission to feel right now?

What is it costing you at this moment, not to feel it?

What would happen if you let it out?

We humans often lock up one or more emo...

February 2, 2016

My hair looks different to me lately.  Over the last few months, it has become puffier on the top – oddly, only on the top.  My hair is fairly long and not thick, so the additional puffiness is noticeable, at least to me.  Investigating the cause, I found I have quite...

January 22, 2016

The day after my brother died, I started writing everything pertaining to him and his death in a blank book. Much of what I recorded is practical information ranging from insurance agent emails to funeral director phone numbers. The rest is a jumble of things I want to...

September 25, 2015

On a business trip last winter, I got into a car to drive from Austin to Dallas, TX. I had all sorts of intentions for how I would spend my drive time – find an NPR affiliate, catch up with people on the phone, troll local stations for good music, and so on.  But after...

August 16, 2015

The more I write about crisis, the more people tell me stories about things that have happened to them. Every once in a while a type of story reaches critical mass in my mental collection and I’m compelled to write about it.  This is one of those times.

 

So, here’s a th...

July 20, 2015

A friend was at my house on the fourth of July, and we were talking in the kitchen while I made a salad. As I started peeling a vegetable over the trashcan, her face lit up. She told me that ever since a particular Passover seder years ago, she thinks of me when she us...

June 11, 2015

I am reading a book entitled The Lake, which was written by a friend I’ve known since the sixth grade.  The central character, Zach, had become catastrophically unmoored from reality during his pursuit of a doctorate in philosophy and is under the care of a psychiatris...

May 26, 2015

On this Memorial Day, I am thinking of my husband’s great-uncle.  I have thought of him often over the past eleven months since my brother died.  Young, handsome, and beloved by his parents and older brother and sisters, he chose to serve his country as an airman in th...

April 9, 2015

A bitter drink: Introduce sugar, and the whole drink becomes sweet.

A cold bath: Introduce hot water, and the whole bath becomes warm.

A sad person: Introduce things to be happy about, and…the whole person becomes…what?

 

I have been puzzling over how to describe what effe...

March 2, 2015

One morning last week I woke up angry and with a headache, the kind that seems to live both inside and outside of your skull, enveloping your head in a cloud of low-grade but insistent pain.  I wondered why. Oddly, it still takes me a little time, when I wake up with a...

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