Kathleen this post is the epitomy of "show, don't tell". I loved it and while I don't have that same connection, since I've lived the better part of my life in a rural area, you brought the magic. Thanks for that and your insights about what changed.

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A couple of years ago I had the privilege to speak to a black woman about the realities of mental health in the black community. Essentially, the understanding is - deny, deny, deny. Which makes asking for help almost impossible and getting it, even less. Please keep writing about your experiences. They're important for everyone to know . And oh...maybe drop a note to Brene and have her dip her toes into the racial pool. :)

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The history of our things, and they do have a history, which means that often there's an emotional tie. This year I was moving again, and there wasn't enough room for all my things. I had to come to terms with saying goodbye to some of them. I wrote an article about it here on Medium. I won't link to it, because that seems a bit crass, but if you're interested you can puruse my posts and find it. Perhaps you'll find it helpful .

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Frances Hickmott

Frances Hickmott

Writer/Speaker/Author-” Journey to Joy,” writes about mental health, self-improvement, and resilience. franceshickmott.com/