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What Makes for a Good Death?

What Makes for a Good Death?

Last week, I co-hosted a virtual Death Café with Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant Rebekka James via The Transition Network, a nonprofit serving women 50+. This was my third Death Café but my first...

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I Wanted to Say No

I Wanted to Say No

Six years ago, I remember being asked to give a keynote speech on the subject of what I’d learned after interviewing 100 women about their midlife reinventions (for my interview series, Next Act for...

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What Stories Are You Making Up?

What Stories Are You Making Up?

On our road trip home to Chicago last month, I put on my Spotify playlist I call "Fun and Dance." I was driving and ready for a little pick-me-up—in our family, the driver has dibs on music. I...

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Embracing Our Wisdom

Embracing Our Wisdom

I remember, back in the '80s, gathering with my girlfriends in our college dorm’s common room to exercise to Jane Fonda’s videotapes. We wore thick, shiny tights and cotton t-shirts – before the...

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I Screwed Up

I Screwed Up

I screwed up. I hurt the feelings of someone I love. She called me out on it and told me how wounding this was. I felt guilty and ashamed. My family would tell you that I'm not good at apologizing....

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Coping with Uncertainty

Coping with Uncertainty

I've been wondering about the world post-pandemic. What will it look like, this "new normal"? Will we wear masks and elbow bump instead of shaking hands? (I personally favor the lovely Japanese...

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3 Scenes of Anger in 3 Days

3 Scenes of Anger in 3 Days

On Friday, I ventured to downtown Chicago for the first time since our return from Florida and was faced with the sad spectacle of deserted stores and boarded up windows, a result of recent...

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He Begged for Mama

He Begged for Mama

I don't have the words. I stare at the blank page and am at a loss. I am outraged and heartbroken. I keep replaying in my head the moment George Floyd calls out "Mama" as he is gasping for breath in...

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Road Trip Home

Road Trip Home

We're back in Chicago! After our first winter as snowbirds in Florida, it was time to come home. Instead of the easy nonstop 2-hour flight from Sarasota, Peter and I opted to rent a car one-way...

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