My Sister is Back in the Center Ring

  A couple of years ago, I shared an Op Ed from the LA Times by Susan Silk and Barry Goldwater about Caregiving and this idea of the Ring Theory. Basically, when there is a crisis, the person who is experiencing the trauma is at the center, while everyone else is in rings around the person. Comfort […]

Vroom! Vroom!

Cars. Born in the Motor City. Transportation. Independence. Way of Life. Family traditions. If you are from Michigan–and definitely from the metropolitan Detroit area–you have car stories. Cars aren’t just transportation, they are a part of your identity and that of your family’s 20th century history. Learning to drive is a right of passage (for both […]

Lost in Transition

I have led a life full of plentiful EMWA. From growing up in the suburbs of Detroit and spending my summers on Michigan’s Lake Charlevoix to attending Northern Michigan University (in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula), serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer on Antigua, recruiting for Peace Corps out of offices in Detroit and Chicago, living in LA […]

Feeling That I Am Using Fred Flintstone Brakes to Stop Life From Spiraling Out of Control

4 months ago, my beautiful grandmother was dying and the world as I knew it was slowly beginning to unravel.  I started a blog piece shortly after her death on April 19th about her being a constant force in my life, but have not completed it; however, the idea of this ‘constant’ in my life […]