• Battling the Post-Holiday Blues

    We were only a few days into 2020, when a dear friend and I shared an honest conversation about the melancholy that followed the new year. We were both battling the “post-holiday blues.” We both had plenty we could list as reasons to be thankful, even happy—but we were both fighting for joy, and kicking against the darkness that was crowding out any thanksgiving mindset. Have you struggled a bit since we started this new decade? Have you already felt the blow of shame for not doing enough? Not keeping those resolutions? Not exercising enough? Reading enough? Working hard enough? Just not being . . . enough? Are you a bit disappointed…

  • LeRoy’s Update: Four Steps Forward . . .

    Four steps forward, then three back. That’s what it feels like our path is right now. I haven’t given an update on LeRoy since last November, when I told you that the main concern now is the nerve damage that the lesions on his spinal cord caused—not so much the actual neurological disease. And then, a few weeks after I posted that, LeRoy’s neurologist let us know that the lesions could return within the year, that there is no way of knowing how this disease will react to the treatment.