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“We need to be as brave as our children.” An interview with Beecher Grogan

November 30, 2012 by

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Beecher Grogan is the director of a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 by her daughter, Lucy Grogan. Lucy’s Love Bus delivers comfort to children with cancer through free integrative therapies such as acupuncture, massage, yoga, meditation and therapeutic horseback riding. Grogan is committed to healing the medical community and strives to educate physicians regarding the […]

“What about all the time before that?” an interview with Maria Meindl

October 15, 2012 by

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Maria Meindl’s essays, poetry, and fiction have appeared in numerous journals. Her most recent book, Outside the Box details the life of her grandmother, writer Mona Gould, through documents left behind after her death. In Meindl’s essay “Rules,” she narrates the story of her mother’s time in a Jewish nursing home. In it, Meindl finds […]

“Embrace the tragedy.” An interview with Larry Cripe

October 12, 2012 by

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Larry Cripe is a leukemia specialist who researches physician-patient communication and medical decision-making. He also writes for Grace Notes, a radio essay series. His essays have appeared in JAMA. In his essay, “The General,” Cripe remembers the difficulties he’s faced and the relationships he formed during his career as an oncologist. Interview conducted by Jasmine […]

“Be frank and realistic.” An interview with Valerie Seiling Jacobs

August 23, 2012 by

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Valerie Seiling Jacobs practiced law for over 20 years before fully turning to writing; she is the author of “Packing for the Ineffable,” which appeared in the New York Times, and numerous essays on politics, the environment, and family. Jacobs currently teaches at the Westport Writers’ Workshop and holds a fellowship at Columbia University, where […]

“Embracing the struggle.” An interview with Eugenia Smith

July 31, 2012 by

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Eugenia Smith writes fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She lives in Minneapolis and works in communications. In her essay “The Deep Truth,” Smith reflects on the suicide of her terminally ill 74-year-old mother, Ruth. Interview conducted by Jasmine Turner. *** What sort of difficulties did you face while writing about such personal events? I have […]

“At a moment’s notice.” An interview with Caroline Burau

July 18, 2012 by

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Caroline Burau is the author of Answering 911: Life in the Hot Seat, a Reader’s Digest Editor’s Choice and finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. Burau works as an emergency medical dispatcher in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and three cats. Her essay. “Life and Death and 911” gives a wry […]

“Healthy, honest, and healing.” An interview with Joe Primo

May 30, 2012 by

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Joe Primo is the Associate Executive Director at the Good Grief Center for grieving children and teens in New Jersey and a board member of the National Alliance of Grieving Children. He earned his master’s of divinity degree at Yale University. Primo’s essay, “The Business of Grief,” which draws from his personal experiences as a […]

“Getting through the day” An Interview with Carol Cooley

May 24, 2012 by

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Carol Cooley has worked as a physical therapist and advocate for seniors and disabled adults since 1994. She was named a finalist in the North Carolina Literary Review’s 2010 short story competition and earned an honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s May 2011 Short Story Award for New Writers. She currently lives and works in the […]

“The line between ‘extraordinary measures’ and ‘palliative care'”: An Interview with Laurie Foos

May 22, 2012 by

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Laurie Foos is the author of the novels In Utero, Portrait of the Walrus by a Young Artist, Twinship, Bingo Under the Crucifix, and Before Elvis There Was Nothing. She currently teaches at Lesley University and lives on Long Island. Foos’ essay, “On Bearing Witness,” recounts helping her father through his long illness and death. […]

“Our souls reach out for what’s nourishing.” An Interview with Howard Mansfield

May 18, 2012 by

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In “Waiting (to Go Home),” Howard Mansfield composes portraits of the nursing homes that confine his parents in their “Godot-like absurdities” and the hospitals that function as “disassembly line[s].” Mansfield is the author of six books about preservation and history, including “In the Memory House” and “The Same Ax, Twice.” His most recent book is […]