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Facing the Truth About Weight

This started out as a friendly wager with my friend Mary Anne. The goal was to lose 5 pounds by end of summer and the loser would buy the winner dinner. The next thing I knew, Mary Anne had talked me into going to a medically-supervised weight-loss clinic with her….

 

How Do You Show You Care?

Recently, Janet Daniel posted a link from the Los Angeles Times: “How Not to Say the Wrong Thing.” While the roughly drawn concentric circles of relationships that surround the person(s) undergoing difficulties is difficult for me to understand, I have thought a lot about the text that accompanies it. It…

 

Staying Connected in Good Times and Bad

During the unfolding tragedy in Wimberley, everyone I know has kept her smart phone nearby, constantly checking Facebook and emails for the latest word on our friends. We are all engulfed in grief. Instant communication and access to information are so taken for granted today that it is hard to believe that the…

 

Tip #3. 10 Steps to Secure Your Home

As much as I traveled alone when Lev was alive, I was surprised by my anxiety attacks each time I prepared to leave on a trip after I became a widow. I am not a worrier. However, I realized that while I always did most of the planning and packing for…

 

The Very Public Face of Mourning

Today is President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s 98th birthday, but he is forever fixed in memory as the handsome young President of Camelot–with the elegant wife and beautiful children–shot dead in Dallas at the age of 46. Some days are markers forever. We remember exactly where we were and what we…

 

#2. Try Baby Steps

Tip #2: Try baby steps at first. Start out by spending a few days alone in a familiar city before or after joining friends or family on vacation. I have observed that anything that I did for or by myself while Lev was alive is easier to do as a…