Podcasts & Articles

Sheltering with Anxiety Demons

These are strange and worrisome times. And for those of us who already live with anxiety demons, there is even more to worry about. Maybe we can even feel a strange camaraderie with other people because they too are now totally worried, albeit about something that merits being concerned about

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My Essay Writing Class

I am again teaching my five week essay writing class in San Francisco on Saturday mornings starting June 15th. Here’s the link. If you’re interested or know someone who might be, please sign up. I’ve taught it three times and each time has been fascinating as people create and refine

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I’m Teaching Again/ Making our Losses Part of Our Lives

Dear Friends, I loved teaching the five-week essay writing class through Writing Pad. I’m doing it again in San Francisco starting in late January. Here’s the information. If you or someone you know might be interested, please let me know.  You can also attend remotely. There are discounts available so please

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I’m Teaching a Class!

Dear Friends, I’m teaching a five-week class called “Personal Essay 1: You in 1200 words” that runs on Saturdays, 11:00am to 2:00pm, from September 29 to October 27. Here’s the link. Contrary to what it says, there are plenty of spaces left. The code “teacherspet” provides $50 off and “teasherspet5wkplan” will

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New York Times Modern Love

My New York Times’ Modern Love Essay

One of my dreams has been to be in the New York Times’ Modern Love column. Let’s go read the rest of it here. It’s online today and in print on Sunday. Saturday would have been my anniversary with George. Coincidence?

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Widowhood: Fighting the Stigma of Loneliness by @DWeissWriter #loneliness #widowhood #stigma

Widowhood: Fighting the Stigma of Loneliness

Loneliness equals shame. The hardest thing I went through after George died was being lonely. With few friends, no kids, and a family consisting of my elderly dad and step-mom, I’d sit at home at night and think, “Who’d notice if I vanished?’ “I’m alone because my husband died,” became,

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A Widow Finds Love through Perseverance

I recently got an email from a widow of fourteen months who asked if it’s okay to fall in love again? Hell yes! We deserve love and we deserve to be in love. I wrote about that here. I just didn’t think it was possible for single people over forty.

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Woman looking beleaguered

Recognizing When You are Being Emotionally Abused (in Ravishly)

It’s what I do. Get into embarrassing, sad situations and write about them publicly. Sigh. I never realized the depths to which loneliness could drag me. Thanks to the awesome editor at ”Ravishly,” here’s my story, polished and story-ish: “Are you okay?” the man in the parking lot asked me.

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My article on Ravishly about reaching out to he newly widowed

What I Want You to Know about Widowhood on Ravishly

I am so grateful to have my first article in “Ravishly,” a cool online women’s magazine, on the topic closest to heart: loneliness and widowhood. The people who reached out to me when I was newly widowed saved me.  Oh, it’s funny too, I go through what not to say

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My Father’s Day Article on Purple Clover

Happy Father’s Day! 💕 For my friends who aren’t on Facebook, I have my first piece on “Purple Clover” about growing up with my dad, a nuclear physicist, after my my mom died when I was ten. It starts: “Your mommy’s probably going to die,” my dad told me, his voice

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My Father’s Day Tribute in Modern Loss

    For my blog friends who aren’t on Facebook, I am so grateful to be in the wonderful online publication “Modern Loss” with a Father’s Day tribute to my dad who raised me after my mom died when I was ten. We drew closer when he helped me to

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Solo travel in Barcelona

It’s about Me

  I am so grateful to be interviewed by the fantastic writer and blogger Melissa Blake on her blog “So About What I Said” as part of her series on women writers.  Her post is entitled “On Life and Love after Loss.”  I go through what led me to start

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