Writing by Dana Goldman

Are the holidays tough? If so, you’re not the only one.

Are the holidays tough? If so, you’re not the only one.

There’s no way around it: the season of Thanksgiving and the holidays that follow suck for so many of us. As I’ve written here before, grief can be extra lonely and difficult when everyone around you is wishing you a merry Christmas or Happy Hanukah or meaningful Kwanzaa. All of us with complicated families struggleRead more about Are the holidays tough? If so, you’re not the only one.[…]

Abortions: When the Political Is Personal

Abortions: When the Political Is Personal

It’s hard to turn on the news in Atlanta right now without hearing about the new anti-abortion bill that’s been passed in Georgia or anti-abortion legislation in other states like Alabama. This legislation fires up people of all beliefs and backgrounds. But it can also be triggering—if not outright re-traumatizing—to women who have made theRead more about Abortions: When the Political Is Personal[…]

Hi, I’m Dana – She/Hers/Her (Gender, Gender, Gender!)

Hi, I’m Dana – She/Hers/Her (Gender, Gender, Gender!)

I led a workshop yesterday on mental health for parents of high school seniors. Introducing myself, I said, “I’m Dana, and my pronouns are she/her/hers.” Those same pronouns are at the bottom of my email signature. Were the workshop attendees confused by my sharing of pronouns? I couldn’t tell. But for lots of reasons, sayingRead more about Hi, I’m Dana – She/Hers/Her (Gender, Gender, Gender!)[…]

Revisiting Habits, asking “How’s This Working For Me?”

Revisiting Habits, asking “How’s This Working For Me?”

A month ago I went cold turkey. No online, paper, or radio news. No social media. No falling down the internet rabbit hole. It wasn’t a particularly well-thought-out, planned-for decision. (Which defies everything we think we know about habit change – right? Conventional wisdom is that habits are easiest to change if we have aRead more about Revisiting Habits, asking “How’s This Working For Me?”[…]

The Hardest Things To Talk About Are Sometimes the Most Important

The Hardest Things To Talk About Are Sometimes the Most Important

It’s easy to circle around the hard things: Death, shame, our heart’s disappointments. They can feel too intense to name directly: abuse histories, experiences with sexual assault and harassment, death and loss, abortions and miscarriages. They hover at the edge of our consciousness, where we try to push them away and distract ourselves: the waysRead more about The Hardest Things To Talk About Are Sometimes the Most Important[…]