"Life is really pretty tricky, and there's a lot of loss, and the longer you stay alive, the more people you lose whom you actually couldn't live without." ~ Anne Lamott

It's hard to believe that the month of September is ringing in. Where has the summer gone? For most of us, this certainly didn't feel like a "real" summer. The coming together of friends and family, the barbecues, the summer camps and travel . . . seem like a faraway dream of the distant past. But here we are, headed into the seventh month of the pandemic, with no end in sight. Many of us have gotten used to the new "normal."

The disparity in opinions about the effects of the virus are as varied as the world's political views. Some people are convinced of conspiracy theories, and others believe that fear of the virus is hyped up. Others are laden with trepidation about being out in public. How we feel, to a large extent, has a lot to do with our personal beliefs and risk factors, but nevertheless, the virus is here to stay. We know that a vaccine is most likely on the horizon, but we don't know if it will be effective against all the virus's strains.

So, we march on with our lives, making the best of our situation and trying to count our blessings when possible. Many lives have been lost, many unnecessarily so. Most of us seek positive news and any glimmer of hope.

For this reason and many more, this month I recommend the book Love Is Greater Than Pain by Marilyn Kapp. First of all, it's an uplifting work by a spiritual medium who has personally empowered my life and the lives of many others. She offers the hope we all need right now, and the reminder to check in with ourselves. My article in Psychology Today, "8 Ways to Deeper Knowing," will also help you during these challenging times. May you find peace in your own world and share it with those you love. May we all heal together.
Be well. Be safe.
In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, I want to share my first memoir, Regina's Closet: Finding My Grandmother's Secret Journal, a book I wrote in 2007 to honor my grandmother and caretaker, who took her life when I was 10 years old. The experience of writing it was healing for me, and I think it's a book that may help you deal with the loss of your loved ones as well.

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  • Write about a loved one who has passed away.
  • Write about some of your fears.
  • Write about how this September is different from last year at this time.
  • List some quotes that you live by.

"Jet Blue Flight #1 To LAX" and "The Trigger" (poems). Madness Muse Press. August 10, 2020.

"Tonight I Can Write" (poem). Sunspot Literary. Fall 2020.

“Shadows” (poem). Black Coffee Review. Fall 2020.

"8 Ways to Tap into Deeper Knowing" (article). Thrive Global. August 25, 2020.

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During the course of our lifetime, there are a number of books we read that we cannot put down, and this was one of those works. I learned about this book because a few years ago I had a phone session with Marilyn Kapp, a spiritual medium who channels our deceased loved ones. The two hours I spent with her were some of the most illuminating ones of my adult years. By the time we get into our 60s, most of us have lost many beloved individuals in our lives, and Marilyn was able to connect with some key people in my life.

When she speaks of the departed, she calls them "our out-of-body loved ones," and those of us who are here now, she refers to us as being on the physical plane. She says that through the channeling process, we learn "that their biggest regret is usually not having shown enough emotion and authenticity." This is a reminder to us on the physical plane of what we might wish to focus on.

In summary, Marilyn says, "Each day, as we consciously choose to live in truth, love emerges as the continuing undying force. We knew this when we came into the physical plane, and we are reminded of it when we return to the spiritual plane. When we resonate with this reality, we rise to our highest potential and align with our soul's wisdom, truly knowing that Love Is Greater Than Pain" (p. 272).
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