Gratitude

I have spent most of my life thinking that as I aged I would be the one taking care – of my partner who is 12 years older than I, of family members, and of beloved friends and mentors. I didn’t create a narrative of myself actually performing a caretaker’s tasks; I just always imagined myself happily cast in the caretaker’s role. For a while after my MS diagnosis, I made extraordinary attempts to keep…
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On Courage and Kindness

I have spent a lot of time recently thinking about kindness, about the conscious ways—some graceful and some clumsy—we attempt to express our human connections. We take a second to hold the gaze of a stranger, to nod, to smile a little, or to comment on our common location or circumstance. These gestures, even when they are slight and fleeting, remind us of the importance of human interaction. As a person who spends her public…
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