Healing Generational Trauma

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This piece was originally published at Rewire Me: It’s easy to see the traumas of your ancestors as merely painful blips in your family history. However, more and more research suggests that you stand the chance of inheriting an echo of these traumas in your very cells—in your epigenome—which may manifest in health conditions, a lowered ability to process stress, and/or predispositions to anxiety and depression. Though each of us has a genetic code forged in the strands of our DNA that does not change, which you can compare to a computer, genes can, essentially, turn “on” or “off” via a process known as methylation in response to environmental changes (from trauma to chemical exposure). These changes to your genes, known as … Read More

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They’re Coming For You: Survivor’s Guilt and New Anti-Semtism

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In light of fresh hate crimes, anti-Semitism, and the terrifyingly nationalist moves of the Trump administration, I’m republishing this piece, originally published at Jewish Journal. * * * Never forget, goes the Jewish pledge after the Holocaust. But I am guilty of forgetting. The day my grandmother, “Oma” died, peacefully at home, Opa handed me a stack of papers, chewing his lips, a sign that he had something difficult to tell me. I looked closely to see mimeographs of very old letters, in his native German, though he spoke Hebrew and English just as fluently. “My father,” he said at last, brows clenched in a V. “These are the last letters he ever sent me. Begging me to help him out of Germany. … Read More

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Cathedral of Doubts: Writing Prompt

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If you’d like to join me in the “process over product” writing prompt game I’ve undertaken in order to write more fiction in 2017, today’s writing prompt from my Writing Prompts app came from a suggested setting: “Cathedral.” And attitude: “Cynical.” I hope you’ll join me in playing your writing in 2017! Cathedral: Maggie could tell by the way Abby kept raising her eyebrows and grinning that she was supposed to feel impressed by the splendor, the grandeur of the Cathedral with its pointy ornate parts and spirals and architectural conceits that likely all probably had fancy names for things like wall and joint and screw. But all she felt was cold. Why did she always forget to bring a … Read More

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Monday, Monday

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It’s Monday, and  every one of us in the house was groaning about getting started today (even the cats). But start we did, some of us with more coffee than the others. The 6 year-old had to make do with muffins. But I refuse to face a new week with so much negativity, so I’m going to simply set the bar at “getting started” and “some” today, get some exercise, and remember to be gentle to myself and others today. Let me also encourage you to do the same. A few things you can do to get ahead of the game yourself: Read a poem Get 15 minutes of exercise. Even just a brisk walk Do something nice for someone else … Read More

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