All Grown Up

All Grown Up

She didn’t know much about the world back then, the 10-year-old girl whose parents had split and whose world had turned upside down. It was 1981, and the fear of Iranians and oil shortages was still palpable. But the bigger fear was a family dividing. A couple...
Taking Back the Night: Alone

Taking Back the Night: Alone

Though I am single, I spend a lot of time with people every day. I work at a company of about 130 employees; I sit in a cubicle, but I run into people at meetings, in the lunch room, even in the bathroom. I am with people everywhere I go. When I go to the gym after...
A Plan and a Future

A Plan and a Future

It started with a decision — I will celebrate Advent again this year by reflecting and writing each day. And then some good news — no sign of cancer right now. Relief. And then another decision: I will paint pictures on canvas for friends and family. Then,...