October 2020

 

Anticipation

Posted by Michael Dale Kimmel in lgbt

As I write this, the election is about a week away and I’m swimming in a sea of emotions: hope, worry, insecurity (due to all the uncertainty about the future) and calm (I know I’ll be fine whatever happens, even though I worry so much). I...

My Travels in TrumpLand: A Wake-Up Call

Posted by Michael Dale Kimmel in Columns

I recently returned from a two-week road trip. I drove through Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon and California, mostly on back roads like CA-49 and CA-89 (which are gorgeous, if you haven’t experienced them). I usually stayed at hotels in smaller towns like Pahrump, Nevada;...

Taming Self-Doubt: What Would Stacy Do?

Posted by Michael Dale Kimmel in lgbt

I have long admired Stacy Abrams. When she lost the Georgia governor’s race in a very unethical election supervised by her opponent, Brian Kemp, she decided to fight back by founding multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color. Ms. Abrams...

Training Your Inner Puppy

Posted by Michael Dale Kimmel in Columns

Are you feeling lonelier these days? Is the pandemic exacerbating those feelings? Luckily, the physical state of being alone has very little to do with feeling lonely: they’re not the same things! Loneliness has always been a part of life; the pandemic may be heightening the experience....

Premarital Counseling? Now?

Posted by Michael Dale Kimmel in Columns

Premarital Counseling? Now? With COVID-19 hanging around so long, it’s tempting to believe that all-too-many aspects of daily life have changed. However, one thing hasn’t changed: a lot of folks are still proposing to their partners, getting engaged and - eventually – married. I am pleasantly surprised...

DABDA: the five stages of grief

Posted by Michael Dale Kimmel in Columns

“You know the five stages of grief — denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance?” asked Dr. Emily Landon, a coronavirus expert at the University of Chicago medical school. “I think the American people are in all five of them.” (as quoted in The New York Times,...