Who Me?

I write a lot about resilience and navigating uncertainty: the inevitability of change, and its counterpart, resistance; our incredible capacity to survive, thrive even, amidst trauma; the neuroplasticity that allows us to adapt to even the direst of circumstances. I write about this not only because my heart goes out to the suffering, but because…

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Calling All Bookworms: Spring Edition

Birds are singing, bees are buzzing, temperatures are rising, and book stacks (or is it daffodils?) are blooming. Spring is here! I’ve been soaking up books like sun rays, developing intimate connections with characters brought to life by authors’ imaginations. This season’s reads are as compelling as they are captivating and as timely as they…

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Emily’s Affirmations: A Valentine’s Day Gift to Yourself

The invitation from a friend was simple: take a picture each day of something that brings you joy. The intention was harder: bring a little light into a year of profound tumult and isolation. In the summer of 2020, I, like many was starting to feel the unraveling of time—my calendar no longer punctuated by social…

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Learning to Stand Again

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. Maya Angelou There come times in our lives when we all must learn to stand again. While it’s natural to experience these periods as sudden awakenings or out of the blue disruptions, I believe…

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Where Fear Meets Hope: Stories from Here and There

From where I sit, in a space that has long been a source of both comfort and yearning and now borders on claustrophobic, the reality of my day-to-day experience is one at which I can only marvel. No two days are exactly the same, and yet, the passing weeks seem more indistinguishable from one another…

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What Story Will You Tell?

It’s Monday, a day often dreaded, that many of us would be heading to the office or ushering the kids out the door after a weekend of playdates, errands, and Sunday brunch with friends. Instead, you might find yourself having to adjust your routine and settle into a new normal. As we contend with school…

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Have Your Cake and Enjoy it Too

You’ve likely heard the familiar phrase, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” It’s often used when faced with two desirable alternatives that cannot coexist. For instance, you can’t go on vacation and be homebound, or you can’t paint the living room sea green and keep the original Victorian wallpaper. These are simple…

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The Wisdom of Our Elders

What do those in their 60s, 70s and beyond know about living a fulfilling life that too often escapes the understanding of younger minds? Hoping to tap into this wealth of wisdom, I surveyed men and women ranging in age from 60 to 83 years. What follows are insights from their joys and sorrows, mistakes…

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Remember Who You Are

Life imparts many lessons. Some are loud and urgent while others are soft and more gradual in their unfolding. All are important. How can we learn to tune into the messages they carry? One way is by bringing our best selves to whatever we’re doing. This is especially important when we’re faced with a task…

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