Spilled Change and a Meaningful Intersection

I met "J" on a busy corner of the Upper West Side (W73rd & Broadway, to be exact). It was a cold Saturday in February of that year, and she was panhandling with a tattered Starbucks cup. She caught my attention when her change scattered all over the sidewalk. Someone had bumped her cup, probably … Continue reading Spilled Change and a Meaningful Intersection

I Don’t Know What To Title This, But It’s About Suicide

In the wake of the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain this week, all I can think about is that I wish a.) I could say THE thing that would stop anyone else from taking that final step, and b.) I could explain to everyone who's never suffered from suicidal ideation what it's like … Continue reading I Don’t Know What To Title This, But It’s About Suicide

Things To Not Say To Someone With PTSD/Trauma

General Rule: If you would not say it to someone who was paralyzed in a car accident, about their paralyzation or any of the complications that go with it, don't say it to someone who has PTSD (or someone who's suffered a traumatic event, or who's lost a spouse or child or parent or sibling, … Continue reading Things To Not Say To Someone With PTSD/Trauma