How to Get Through Tough Times

Life transitions such as moving, change of job, retirement, personal changes in health, or death of a loved one opens an emotional can of uncertainty.  Change can shake you to your core.  Feelings like anxiety, confusion, and sadness can paralyze your efforts to move forward. Transitions dare you to adapt to change in new ways.  […]

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How to Respond When a Young Person Dies

Michael George Smith, Jr.‘s body was discovered hanging from a tree in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. It was not a public lynching as many people feared. It was a suicide. He was young. He was gay. Michael believed the only way he could silence the emotional pain and inability to make peace with his identity was to end […]

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Lessons from My Dog About Relationships

“Life takes us by surprise and orders us to move towards the unknown,” wrote Paulo Coelho, author of By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, “even when we don’t want to and we think we don’t need to.” My dog, Ellie, turned 12 one month ago. She was a little grayer around her […]

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Grief, Change, and Resurrection

The past is stubborn. It cannot be changed. However, we are changed by the chain of moments that touch our lives and the lives of those around us. Change transforms us and invites resurrection. One month ago, I was invited to facilitate a presentation about Tough Conversations to the young women of the Zeta Zeta chapter […]

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