Category Archives: State of Mind

The Surprise of the Unknown

  Although I wrote “The Surprise of the Unknown” two springs ago, I am still reminding myself of it’s message: “The unknown is a source of freedom.” Yet, through this practice of choosing better feelings, I am now more eager than … Continue reading

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Processing the Presidency through Post-Its

As I have been processing my own feelings about this election, I’ve also been watching how others are working through their own emotions. And I found this. It’s a simple way for each of us to share a few words … Continue reading

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An Ode to Orlando by Larry Buckhannon

After the Orlando shootings, Larry, a black gay male, wrote this Ode to Orlando as a way to try to work through his devastation. I offer it here because in writing, we share, we heal, we find hope, and we … Continue reading

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A (Healing) Letter to Oliver Sacks

Dear Dr. Sacks, When I read about your final rest after your fight with cancer, I wished I could have asked you so many questions. This desire to talk with you started in July when I came across your beautiful … Continue reading

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What I don’t understand about racial profiling and the Baltimore riots BUT what I can do about it anyway

The night the riots were exploding around Baltimore because of the death of a black man in police custody my daughter got pulled over by an Ohio State trooper. She and some friends were driving back to Oberlin College from … Continue reading

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Faith. Fight. Fun.

Last Friday I was skiing with my friend Sandy. I had just turned 50 a few weeks before and wasn’t sure what to think about it. Sandy said to me, “Sara, do you realize that you’ve entered the decade of … Continue reading

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On rain that is, middle schools that aren’t, money that isn’t, and teachers that are

A girl from the bucolic hills of Virginia (where there are cars) but who now lives in New York City (where there are buses and trains) is sent by her administrators to Brooklyn–by train, by herself, and in the rain. … Continue reading

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On hiking the Grand Canyon–an Arizona State of Mind

  Climbing mountains backward, being blown onto my back by the wind, and reaching back into the layers of my past–this old, but new State of Mind just came out in an anthology devoted to stories of hiking the Grand … Continue reading

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On vision, courage, and creative play

A poem in the villanelle style For Charles Robert, because he asked me to write it. Vision does not just see the way, But guides to the intangible Through courage and creative play. But if, when we look ahead, we … Continue reading

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On why women need to write

  We are the daughters who have learned by age three what to say that pleases our daddies. We are the little girls who dream of riding unicorns and of swimming with dolphins—whispering our secrets to them in their own … Continue reading

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