About Author
Black lives matter hand drawn poster, card collection. Hashtag blm stylised set. Black and white hands together concept. Campaign against racial discrimination of dark skin color. Vector Illustration.

No Words

I tried and tried to write about racial justice today, about the agony of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (and so many others). I tried to write about the importance of the demonstrations, protests and marches sweeping Manchester, sweeping Connecticut, sweeping the United States and the whole world.

Read More »
world map graphic with eye crying

Bleak Days

I am not a person of faith—I am an atheist. But these days I am trying to find comfort in the following prayer: God, grant me the serenity… Read More!

Read More »
teen on pillow asleep

Teens Sleep Better, Later

I work with teenagers and I live with teenagers. These days I talk with young people on Zoom and by phone every day, and – like all of us – they are OVER this pandemic.

Read More »
mental health graphic

Mentally Healthy

I sometimes wish there were a thermometer I could just stick in my mouth – or my husband’s mouth, or my kids’ – that could easily read their mental health. Especially these days; there is fear, there is stress, there is sadness – are we mentally healthy?

Read More »
class of 2020 image

Class of 2020

In February, my younger son, Gus, went to school at Cheney Tech one day, and was pulled out of class for a cap and gown fitting. “Some ‘fitting’,” he chuckled that night. “I wrote down my own height and weight, and gave them thirty-five dollars.” I wonder if he’ll be getting a refund.

Read More »
people petting a dog

Pet Pandemic

I was never a little girl who dreamed of horses or cooed over cats or begged for a puppy. But a couple of years ago, a little gray stray cat needed temporary shelter before a blizzard.

Read More »
illustration of phone

Lifelines – Hotlines

All your friends have advice about how to deal this pandemic: keep your head up, eat right, get exercise, connect with friends, get some sleep, and on, and on, and on…. But what about when you’re in crisis and need to talk with a professional?

Read More »

Good, Better, Rest…

Did you know? Shepherds in medieval Britain were expected to count their sheep every evening, before they went to sleep. Nowadays, I have to imagine fluffy white cartoon lambs if I want to try counting sheep to help me fall asleep. It never works for me.

Read More »
anxiety installing...

Quick Panic Fix

Keep reading the news, and it’s going to happen: a piece of information about the Covid-19 Pandemic will make you anxious or panicky. Maybe it is time to stop reading for today, and go connect with a loved one or pet a cat. Or –try this quick little exercise; it is called the 5-4-3-2-1 Technique.

Read More »
Translate »