grief // catharsis

 

“Don’t leave before the miracle happens.”

      The tragic suicide of one of the world’s most beloved comedians has rattled us all. Robin Williams struggled with depression, addiction, alcoholism and other demons for many years. His death did not come out of “nowhere”. From what the media reports, he tried, very hard, to bring himself to a place of…

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Be the one who says “YES.”

      “Hello. May I speak with Alexandra Franzen?” The woman on the other end of the line sounded weary and beaten down, like she’d been riding a Greyhound bus through Hades for the past fifteen days. “Speaking,” I said. I knew, already, that this was some kind of fundraising or tele-marketing call. Part…

Kindness is not a joke.

      “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” –Plato     “Hey Nick. You OK?” I asked. I could tell by the sound of his voice on the phone that… he wasn’t. “Not really,” he said. “I have cancer.” Oh. Wait. What? “I’m cutting way back on my clients…

Honoring a life. Choosing the right story.
My thoughts on how to write a eulogy.

    “Alex: I was wondering if you have any advice on writing a eulogy, especially for someone you were very close to? I’m struggling with how I feel and what to write. I don’t want to write a ‘shopping list’ of memories and great qualities. Could you help, please?” –Jo   First of all,…

Still trying to “find your voice” as a writer? Um … That’s not how it works.

      “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” –George Bernard Shaw   There seems to be a myth percolating through certain parts of the writing world that everyone is born with a naturally amazing + perfectly-formed “writing voice” … … but cruel “society” stomps it out of you, with all…