Still Here

The other night, I dreamt that my mom and I were singing a popular Serbian song, “Evo me, drugovi,” together, crying. The song is from the former Yugoslavia, where my parents were born, a place near and dear to my own heart. Roughly translated, the title means “Here I am, Friends,” and the lyrics go […]

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5 Tips for Surviving Thanksgiving

My first Thanksgiving was after my mother’s death was painful. We went to a friend’s house for dinner, and even though I was surrounded by kind, loving people, I felt deeply alone. Nobody mentioned my mom, and I didn’t have the courage to do it myself. I missed her dearly. That first holiday season, I […]

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Before We Move Forward, We Must Grieve

No matter who you voted for, we all lost something in this election. We lost kindness, generosity, a deep human connection. And I’m grieving deeply. Yes, America isn’t perfect. It never has been. This election, more than any other, has highlighted our flaws and our growing pains. Our deep, deep wounds. Yes, we’ll need to […]

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