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Humans 101

Or, what I learned from 100 people over 50

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Lived Through This

We all need a witness, even in our darkest moments

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It’s as easy as it is rewarding


This Is Us

What it’s like to mourn the living

Watercolor-like illustration of a person standing on a snowy field with their back to the viewer, watching the sun set over a cluster of trees on the horizon.
Watercolor-like illustration of a person standing on a snowy field with their back to the viewer, watching the sun set over a cluster of trees on the horizon.
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Humans 101

A guide to saying the quiet part loud

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  • Don’t want to be rejected.
  • Don’t want to upset the other person or damage our relationship with them.
  • Don’t want the conversation to get out of control.
  • Don’t know how to raise a difficult issue skillfully.
  • You suffer because you bottle up unexpressed thoughts and…


We’re not being vain. We’re just being human.


Express Yourself

Sometimes, being a writer means letting go of your goals

Laptop open on a desk with lamp, wintry landscape outside the window.
Laptop open on a desk with lamp, wintry landscape outside the window.
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Lived Through This

Thanks to my dad’s profession, the unmentionables were part of regular conversation

Microscopic view of human cancer cells.
Microscopic view of human cancer cells.
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Humans 101

Lessons for a life well-lived

Watercolor illustration of a person standing on a colorful globe holding a globe.
Watercolor illustration of a person standing on a colorful globe holding a globe.
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