The Show Must (And Will) Go On

We have entered uncharted territory. In a matter of days, life as we knew it has disappeared and been replaced by uncertainty, fear and a sense of powerlessness. In times like these, it’s more important than ever to take good care of ourselves — not only to support our defenses against the coronavirus, but also […]

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When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Practice Self-Care

The new coronavirus that causes the dreaded COVID-19 flu is spreading inexorably across the globe. Amid minute-by-minute news flashes documenting the gradual shut-down of schools, businesses, sports tournaments and economies it’s easy to feel terrified and out of control.

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Middle age sucks — but there’s hope

Happy belated birthday to me! Yup, I celebrated the Big Five-Two yesterday. And with it, the realization that—statistically speaking—I’m the unhappiest now that I’ll ever be. Cheers to that! According to a recent Washington Post article, 52 (or thereabouts) is the age at which people in the industrialized west feel the most miserable. Illusions have been […]

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Almost there (my birthday anthem)

It’s my birthday. On our way to school this morning, my daughter played this song for me. (Sung by the lovely Anika Noni Rose.) I welled up. Not that I want to open a fashionable restaurant in 1920’s New Orleans. But I can relate to mountains, trials and tribulations, and I share Tiana’s dream of building a […]

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Joy and Woe. A time to grieve.

Yesterday was the saddest day of my life: I got divorced. And so, after 23 years, four months and 30 days of being “Mrs. W.” I am back to being plain, old Conner Middelmann. My reaction took me by surprise. I was expecting to feel relief, energy, and even happiness at the conclusion of this […]

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