The benefit of co-working (hint: it’s not just the free coffee)

Thursday, October 16, 2014 0 Permalink

I've been a freelance writer for nearly 10 years and, until last month, I've always worked from home. After all, working in pajamas was one of the reasons I decided to quit cubicle life. As the owner of a one-woman business, I didn't see the point of giving away my hard-earned (and not so substantial) income for a desk when I already had ...

Examining racism in Ferguson, from Ferguson

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11 Permalink

On Saturday afternoon, 18-year-old Mike Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., less than 5 miles from my front door. In the last three days, this small community has created a big stir with protests seeking justice for Brown’s death. Like many who grew up in St. Louis, I am both shocked and ...

For the first time, I am grateful for my grief

Friday, June 20, 2014 0 Permalink

"Grief does not change you. It reveals you." Those words stopped me in my tracks today as I finished "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green. It's been nearly four years since my brother died and, in that time, I have experienced the five famous stages of grief, from denial to acceptance. After reading that quote, however, I felt something new and ...

The stigma around addiction hurts everyone

Thursday, February 13, 2014 4 Permalink

It's time to end the stigma around addiction. When Phillip Seymour Hoffman died Feb. 2, a few caring people reached out to express their concern for me in light of the news. You see, like Hoffman, my brother died with a needle in his arm. Every time I hear about a heroin overdose, I’m slammed with ...

Four tips for setting life goals and making a change

Thursday, August 1, 2013 1 Permalink

A new month is a a great time to make changes. Fresh start. Clean slate. Blank page. Any time is a good time to make changes, but there's something special about the symbolic reboot provided by the start of a new month. Today I'm spending a little time taking stock of where I am, where I want to ...