Road to Recovery Requires Time, Patience, Willingness to Share Your Story

Last winter, I heard from a volunteer at Germaine Lawrence, the all-girls residential facility where I was treated for anorexia from September 1999 to January 2000. The volunteer, named Andy, wanted to see if he could interview me for a video project he was putting together for Germaine Lawrence’s 30th anniversary gala. Of course IContinue reading “Road to Recovery Requires Time, Patience, Willingness to Share Your Story”

Personal Essay Sparks Reaction from Dad, Friends, Strangers

When I published a personal essay about my mom and food last week, I wondered what people would say — or if they’d say anything at all. To my surprise, though, the response has been overwhelming. Friends, coworkers, former teachers and strangers have commented on my blog and sent me Facebook messages, Tweets and e-mails.Continue reading “Personal Essay Sparks Reaction from Dad, Friends, Strangers”

How Losing My Mom Led Me to Neglect a Hungry Heart

Last month, I mentioned that I had begun a Poynter course on personal essay writing. My goal in the course was to write an essay about how the death of my mother has affected my relationship with food — today and in the immediate aftermath of her death. This isn’t an easy subject for me toContinue reading “How Losing My Mom Led Me to Neglect a Hungry Heart”

Taking a Look at ‘Our First Loves’

A former colleague who’s now a professor at Northwestern University sent me a link to a project his students recently put together. I found the project, called “Our First Love,” pretty interesting — mainly because of the stories, which are about each student’s first love. I especially liked the audio (and the origami hearts) inContinue reading “Taking a Look at ‘Our First Loves’”