We Need to Help our Kids Become (GULP) Independent

We're too scared to let our kids grow up and we are crippling them. We're also crippling ourselves because we leaving the door open for them to move back in once they are supposedly grown up. Yes, we are charged with getting our kids safely to adulthood, but if...

Valuing Alone Time

I am a social introvert. I love people. I love talking (as anyone who knows me well knows far too well). I really do love cities and all the things that cities offer. But I also value being alone. This last semester of teaching was an odd semester for...

The Importance of Finding Closure

Throughout my life I have been forced to say a lot of goodbyes. Some of those goodbyes were imposed on me by others (like the various times throughout my childhood when we moved) and some of those goodbyes were by choice. The end of various youth events when I...

My Struggle to Accept the Unexpected

For 36 years, my life has been a series of unexpected events. When I was nine, I was moved from the city streets of Detroit to a much smaller town in Illinois. In the two years we lived there I made some very close friends who were everything to...